Brown has an excellent program in Inorganic Chemistry. Research programs focus on organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry, electrochemistry and materials chemistry. Recent new hires have further extended our reach to crystal engineering, nanoscale materials synthesis, and self-assembly.
Our strength in organometallic chemistry lies in electrochemical and synthetic applications of metal-bonded organic systems. The research is focused on the construction of functional supramolecular networks, the self-assembly of nanoparticles, metal-catalysized carbon-carbon coupling reactions, and metal-organic complex networks designed for pharmaceutical applications.
The polymer research program concentrates on inorganic glasses, aerogels, ionomers, and bioinorganic polymers. The program is at the very interface between chemistry and materials science and points toward a wealth of important applications in catalysis, optical communications, fuel cells, and energy storage.
Our research in nanomaterials involves two related areas: (1)chemical synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles and (2)construction and elaboration of functional nanoparticles and their assemblies for applications in bio-detection, catalysis, information storage and permanent magnets. Highly interdisciplinary in nature, this program bridges the interface between chemistry, biology, engineering and physics.