"We develop high surface nanostructured materials, functionalized with multiple organic and inorganic groups to make smart multitasking nanoparticles. We employ these nanomaterials to various fields such as catalysis, CO2 capture and conversion, environmental remediation as well as biomedical research and biotechnology.
Participating students will work with a team of graduate students and postdocs and will learn methods for the synthesis and characterization of these highly structured nanoparticles. Analytical methods include x-ray diffraction, physi- and chemisorption, zeta potential, light scattering and electron microscopy.
Additional methodologies will be learned and used as required to promote and follow up chemical reactions or measure the capture of specific targets by the materials. These methods include use of high-pressure reactor, photoreactor, microwave reactor, ultrasonicator, magnetic inductor, GC-MS, NMR, UV-Visible, infrared and fluorescence spectroscopies among others."
Program mentor: Igor Slowing, Ames Lab associate scientist