Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Nanomaterials
University of Minnesota
Our research involves materials synthesis by templating and self-assembly methods. Using polymer or surfactant templates we can control the architecture of porous and nanostructured materials and create products with special properties. Examples include non-toxic pigments that can change colors, electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries that can be charged or discharged more quickly, bone-graft materials with improved bioactivity, polymer/synthetic clay nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties, sorbents for toxic heavy metals and more. Students involved in our multi-disciplinary research become hands-on users of a wide range of modern instrumentation for materials characterization.