Materials Synthesis & Crystal Growth

Inorganic crystals with nanoscale dimensions are important functional materials and building blocks to larger devices. The properties of nanocrystals depend on physical parameters that include crystallite size, shape, composition, and architecture and tremendous achievements have been made regarding the synthesis of structurally well-defined nanocrystals. Even with these advances, fundamental questions about nanocrystal formation remain and many materials have yet to be synthesized as high-quality nanoscale samples or using scalable technologies. We work to provide general synthetic routes to high-quality nanomaterials.

Synthesis and Properties of Bimetallic Nanocrystals
Ultrasonic Spray Synthesis
Monitoring Colloidal Nanostructure Formation in Real-time

Plasmonics & Electrocatalysis

Metal nanomaterials show interesting optical and catalytic properties that depend on particle size and shape. We use our synthetic methods to achieve novel metal nanostructures and then study how their composition and structure contribute to these properties.

Nanoparticles for Anti-Counterfeit Applications
Catalysis with Bimetallic Nanocrystals

Solar-to-Fuel Conversion and Separations

Local structure, nanoscale structure, and macroscale structure contribute to the properties of materials for solar-to-fuel conversion processes and for those used as catalyst supports and in separations. Our synthetic advances are enabling students to study materials for these diverse applications.

New Materials for Photocatalysis
Nanoporous Microspheres for Advanced Separations

Prospective Graduate Students

We seek 1-3 graduate students per year. All prospective students must apply directly to the program (link). Upon arrival at IU, students rotate in research groups and advisors are finalized then. Given the number of emails received, individual inquiries will likely go unanswered but you are encouraged to learn more through our website.

Undergraduate Research

Research opportunities available for undergraduates! Inquire via email. Include your resume, list of science courses completed, and gpa. Also, check out our Science Ambassadors' Program.

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