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Nanocasting for a new generation of smart nanodevices

Students will work on a project aimed to prepare a new generation of composite nanostructured materials. These nanomaterials will be designed to eventually act as the basis for smart devices that can find applications in catalysis, CO2 capture and conversion, energy storage and transduction, and biomedical fields. The students will be trained in the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous materials. They will use a series of analytical methods including powder x-ray diffraction, gas physi- and chimisorption, electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microscopy. Prior experience with any of the mentioned techniques is desirable, but not required, as training will be provided as needed."

Program mentor: Igor Slowing, associate scientist, Ames Laboratory

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