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Nanocasting for a new generation of smart nanodevices

Project is 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. Team members will work 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.

Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy from Organic Films

The student will participate in hands on X-ray reflectivity and fluorescence experiments from bio-membranes and thin films to determine their structure-function relationship on molecular length scales and overall morphologies.  The duties  of the student will include sample preparations, X-ray scattering experiments,   data analysis, literature search, and writing a summary.  The specific projects will involve the induction of nano-crystal growth at  membrane templates, similar to biomineralization processes in living organisms, and characterization of polymer-

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