Nano and Materials Chemistry

Research and nano/materials chemistry focuses on nanoparticle synsthesis and characterization, magnetic materials, nanoclusters, quantum dots, nanomedicine and drug delivery, medical imaging, catalysis, and self-assembly. Chemistry Department research groups work in collaboration with other departments through Brown's Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation.

Associated Faculty

Amit Basu

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Glycobiology
  • Polymers
  • Green chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Interfacial recognition
  • Nanomaterials

Ou Chen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Quantum dots
  • Multifunctional nanomaterials
  • Hybrid nano-structures
  • Nanotechnology for energy and bio-imaging
  • Nanocrystal superstructures
  • Perovskite nanomaterials

Vicki L. Colvin

Vernon K. Krieble Professor of ChemistryProfessor of EngineeringProfessor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and BiotechnologyDirector, Center for Biomedical Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Nanomaterials synthesis
  • Magnetic materials
  • Environmental fate and transport of colloids
  • Biologically compatible nanomaterials
  • Magnetic and electrical imaging in complex environments.

Shouheng Sun

Vernon K. Krieble Professor of ChemistryProfessor of Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Nanomaterials synthesis
  • Self-assembly
  • Nanomedicine
  • Catalysis and energy storage

Lai-Sheng Wang

Jesse H. and Louisa D. Sharpe Metcalf Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Nanoclusters and Nanomaterials
  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Photoelectron Imaging
  • Electrospray Ionization and Cryogenic Ion Traps
  • Boron Clusters and Transition Metal Clusters
  • Multiply-Charged Anions and Dipole-Bound States

Matthew B. Zimmt

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Nanoscience
  • Self-assembly
  • Scanning microscopies
  • Organic synthesis