"Students will work on a project aimed to capture greenhouse gases with nanomaterials. Multifunctionalized porous nanoparticles will be prepared for the capture and temporary storage of CO2. The students will be trained for working on the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous materials. They will use a series of analytical methods including powder x-ray diffraction, BET sorption isotherms, electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy.
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"Novel methods for constructing materials for diabetes therapeutics"
Three-dimensional atomic structures of proteins form the foundation of our molecular understanding of biology. X-ray crystallography is the major and sometimes only tool for the determination of these detailed protein structures. The bottleneck of this method is to grow a large and good quality crystal used in diffraction.
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.
Great strides have been made in the plant sciences through high-throughput DNA sequencing and analysis of plant genomes. The challenge now is to develop analogous high-throughput technologies to analyze a plant's biochemical makeup, which is the key to utilizing genomics to improve and develop new crops. Our project seeks to increase throughput and improve reproducibility and sensitivity of our seed screening. The screener uses near-infrared spectroscopy to rapidly analyze single, intact seeds and select those with the desired properties. Students will help modify th
Project 1: X-ray structural studies of bio-membranes