Students will work on a project aimed to prepare smart nanodevices for catalyzing sequences of chemical reactions to convert biomass into biorenewable fuels and chemical commodities. The nanostructured materials will be composed of organic and inorganic species that will work cooperatively to effectively promote chemical conversions behaving like nanosized assembly lines. The students will be trained in the synthesis and characterization of hybrid mesoporous materials. They will use a series of analytical methods including powder x-ray diffraction, gas physi- and chemisorption and spectroscopy. Prior experience with any of the mentioned techniques is desirable, but not required, as training will be provided as needed."
Mentor: Igor Slowing, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory