Nano and Materials Chemistry

Nano and Materials Chemistry are actively pursued by the Department of Chemistry in collaboration with research groups in the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. The potential applications of nanoparticles are enormous, including magnetic data storage (computers), exchange-spring magnets (tiny motors), photonics, separations, DNA detection, drug delivery, medical imaging, and magnetic cancer therapy.

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