Steven Hughes DirectorExpertise
Chemistry, Semiconductor nanocrystal synthesis, CuInS2, AgGaS2Instrumentation
TEM, XRD, SEM (EDS), fluorescence (with integrating sphere), ICPBackground & Research Interests
The focus of my continuing research is the synthesis and characterization of I-III-VI semiconductor nanocrystals. I am currently working with CuInS2 and AgGaS¬2 materials including various alloys and shelled compositions. My lab studies these materials to best understand their potential as LED phosphors and photocatalysts. Additionally, I’ve been working in collaboration with a developmental biologist to study the toxicity of these materials in zebrafish embryos. Collaboration Interests: 1.Better understanding the photophysics of our nanomaterials. Like CIS, AGS can have extremely intense trap state emission. Unlike CIS, this emission can be suppressed in order to observe the band gap emission. It’s neat, and I’d love to work with someone to understand this better. 2.Silver gallium sulfide has demonstrated the potential to be an effective photocatalyst for the reduction of hydrogen gas. I’m interested in working with someone who knows how to characterize materials for this application better than me.
surface science and nanomaterialsInstrumentation
AFM, SEM-EDS, XRD, DSC, TGA, ellipsometry, contact angle goniometry, ICP-OES, DLS, QCM + https://www.furman.edu/academics/chemistry/research/facilities-resources/Background & Research Interests
Currently 2 primary project areas in the lab: 1) surface anchored metal-organic frameworks and 2) nanoparticles with thermoelectric or photovoltaic applications. Focus on characterization of bottom-up self-assembly or formation of these nanomaterials using microscopy (AFM and SEM). The goal is to optimize fabrication and tune material composition and structure in order to tailor material properties. Background in lithography (soft and hard), thin film characterization, surface functionalization, solution-phase solid state synthesis and characterization.
Barnard College of Columbia University
TEM, GCMS, high pressure reactorBackground & Research Interests
inorganic chemistry, catalysis
Physics, synthesis of nanoparticles, superparamagnetism, XRD, Raman, Mossbauer SpectroscopyInstrumentation
AFM, SEM, XRD, MacroRaman, MossbauerBackground & Research Interests
nanowire-nanoparticle dynamics at interfaces; superparamagnetic relaxation;
Lewis & Clark College
inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials chemistry, electrodeposition, surface chemistry of nanoparticlesInstrumentation
DLS / zeta, single crystal XRD, powder XRD, benchtop SEM, 600 MHz NMRBackground & Research Interests
I have experience in nanomaterials synthesis via templated electrodeposition and thin film electrodeposition. I am also interested in studying nanoparticle surface chemistry and environmental fate.
ICP-OES, UV-Vis, XRF, Raman.Background & Research Interests
Our group is primarily interested in tracking the release and transformation of NPs from consumer products under realistic use scenarios to better inform risk assessment and regulatory frameworks. We have also begun playing with novel NP composites for water treatment.
See: https://www.haverford.edu/chemistry/resources-instrumentsBackground & Research Interests
Molecular dynamics of nano-bio interactions, vibrational spectroscopy calculations
Colloids, surface chemistry, sol-gel, spectroscopyInstrumentation
-Field-emission scanning electron microscope with BSD and EDS (w/mapping) -Scanning probe microscope (capable of AFM, KPFM, etc.) -Hyperspectral epi-luminescence microscope -Raman spectrometer (and microscope) -ATR-FTIR -Handheld XRF For more see– https://www.destinolab.org/research/equipmentBackground & Research Interests
My research centers on developing novel nanomaterials and analytical methods that help us better understand their fundamental chemistry. Regarding analysis, the group specializes in spectroscopic and scanning probe imaging techniques and analysis of imaging data sets for studying spatially resolved chemical speciation across surfaces. Regarding materials, the group is interested in sol-gel-derived nanomaterials and thin films used for chemical sensing, separations, 3D printing, and antifouling applications.
physical chemistry; carbon nanotubes and graphene; use of carbon nanomaterials for drug delivery; ion motion through carbon nanotubesInstrumentation
300 MHZ NMR, FTIR-ATR, UV-vis, Dynamic Light Scattering, voltage clampBackground & Research Interests
Our research involves two main projects with carbon nanomaterials. One studies the motion of ions through carbon nanomaterials. The other uses carbon nanotubes and graphene to deliver antibiotics to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Bioanalytical chemistry, surface analysis, biophysics, nanotoxicology, environmental chemistryInstrumentation
https://www.augsburg.edu/chemistry/facilities/Background & Research Interests
My lab works at the interface of bioanalytical and materials chemistry. We applies analytical tools to probe the interactions at the nano-bio interface to better understand the environmental fate of novel nanomaterials, as well as the biomolecular impact of model organisms upon nanomaterial exposure.
William Paterson University
Physical chemistry, nanophotonics, theoretical and computational chemistry and electrodynamicsInstrumentation
Probably most relevant instrumentation include TEM and AFM, though I don't know how to use these! Computational resources. We develop computational electrodynamics and hybrid cavity quantum electrodynamics - electronic structure codes in my group.Background & Research Interests
Theory and modeling of light-matter interactions.
biomaterials and biomineralization, nanocluster synthesis, DNA aptamers and origami, analytical chemistryInstrumentation
QCM, DLS, FT-IR, Raman, ICP-AES, LC-MS, GC-MS, potentiostat, UV/vis, fluorescence, glove box, real-time PCRBackground & Research Interests
My research group focuses on understanding and controlling mineralization processes as they relate to biomedical (bones and teeth) and environmental (ocean mineralization) applications. We build hierarchical materials from nanoparticles and DNA technology to mimic biochemistry. We use quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and microfluidics to develop new analytical methods for biomaterials.
Georgia Southern University
Photophysics of organic molecules in solution phase, biomimetic drug delivery vehicles, colorimetric and fluorometric sensing, energy transfer between probes and metal nanoparticlesInstrumentation
UV-Vis absorption, steady state and time-resolved fluorescence, Confocal fluorescence, DLS, NMR, ESI-MSBackground & Research Interests
Experimental physical chemistry on the interface of biophysical and analytical chemistry. Postdoctoral experience on materials chemistry, coatings and self-healing polymers. Currently, developing sensitive and efficient methods to understand the efficacy of different drug delivery vehicles (e.g., micelles, liposomes, cyclodextrins) that will facilitate encapsulation and transportation of small pro-drug molecules to the targeted affected sites. We design model systems using biomimics and study the excited state dynamics of the probes to understand the effectiveness of drug loading and its interaction with the delivery systems. A parallel focus of research involves sensing of toxic metal ions and inorganic ions (e.g., F-, OAc-, H2PO4-, NO3-) in solution phase.
nanotechnology, environmental engineeringInstrumentation
BET, DLS, ICP-OES, XRD, Raman, AFMBackground & Research Interests
Our group focus on the development of nanomaterials for water remediation and energy-related applications in a sustainable manner.
Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Scattering, Pair Distribution Function AnalysisInstrumentation
400 MHz NMR Spectrometer, Fluorimeter, GC-MS, FTIR, ICP-OES, UV-vis, Glove BoxBackground & Research Interests
Our research focuses on the synthesis, structure, and formation mechanisms of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. We are interested in the atomic structures of these nanocrystalline and disordered materials, and their relationship to material properties.
California State University Fullerton
Theoretical Heterogeneous Catalysis, Global Optimisation SearchInstrumentation
High Performance Computing ResourcesBackground & Research Interests
1) Electrocatalytic properties of acidic functional groups over 2D-Xenes 2) Studying 2D electron hole gas formation over modified diamond surfaces 3) Targeted electrochemical C-C bond breaking over Pd-alloys 4) Heterogeneous enantoselective hydrogenation over Pt using chiral modifiers
Nanocrystal Synthesis & Surface Chemistry, Polymer NanocompositesInstrumentation
Zetasizer, SEM, powder XRD, AFM, GC-MS, GPC, DSC, TGA, DMA, FluorimeterBackground & Research Interests
We are interested in organic materials research leveraging dynamic covalent bond chemistry. Current research includes work on the synthesis and surface chemistry of porous framework nanoparticle colloids.
physical chemistry, effects of pressure on NPs, nanomechanicsInstrumentation
TEM, SEM, Diamond anvil cell, Microspectroscopy, Raman, NMR, UV/VisBackground & Research Interests
I study the effects of mechanical forces on nanomaterials. That includes spectroscopy of colloidal nanocrystals under compression in a diamond anvil cell, as well as studying the optomechanical properties of nanoparticle-hydrogel composites.
3D Printing, BiomineralizationInstrumentation
3D printers, SEM, TEM, DSC, FTIR, TGA, DSC, DMA, UV-Vis, Fluorescence, BETBackground & Research Interests
Bioinorganic chemistry, composite materials, MOFs, metal and metal oxide nanoparticle formation, catalysis, gas storage
Loyola University New Orleans
Nanocluster Synthesis, Ligand Exchange, Catalysis, Bio-OrganicInstrumentation
PXRD, UV-Vis, Fluorimeter, 60 MHz NMR, IR, GC-MS, HPLCBackground & Research Interests
General research interests include synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials for biological and catalytic applications.
Nanocrystal Synthesis & Surface Chemistry, NMR, XRDInstrumentation
400 MHz NMR, single-crystal XRD, various UV-Vis/fluorescence spectrometers, 785 nm Raman, N2 glovebox, various mass spectrometersBackground & Research Interests
Semiconductor and metallic nanocrystal synthesis, particularly focused on precursors and reaction pathways.
Western Oregon University
Green synthesis, environmental impacts of materialsInstrumentation
UV-Vis IR GC HPLC AA Bench-top NMRBackground & Research Interests
Research in my group focuses on green synthesis and environmental impacts of inorganic and metal-organic framework materials. Traditional syntheses of those materials often involve toxic organic solvents and/or heavy metals or corrosive metal compounds, and many are energy intensive. One of our goals is to find greener synthetic methods to make those materials. For large-scale applications of those materials, we would also like to know their impacts on the environment when they are disposed, so our other goal is to study the decomposition processes of those materials under different conditions, and the impacts of their decomposition products on the environment.
Semiconductor nanocrystals, quantum dots, isothermal titration calorimetry, surface chemistry, ultrafast spectroscopyInstrumentation
300 MHz NMR, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence, FT-IR, Raman, X-ray fluorescence, AAS, ICP-OES, isothermal titration calorimetry, GC-MS, UHPLC-MS, glove boxBackground & Research Interests
1. thermodynamics of surface modifications on semiconductor nanocrystals 2. adapt existing, alternative techniques to determine chemical composition of nanomaterials 3. chemical- and surface-related challenges for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force including: corrosion prevention and control; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare; and composite repairs and bonding on multiple aircraft and service equipment and vehicles.
University of Richmond
Nanomaterials; sensor development; electrochemistryInstrumentation
TEM; AFM; SEM; Confocal Microscopy; Electrochemical Workstations; NMR (300, 400,500 MHz; IR; MS; QCM; UV-Vis; Polarography, Atomic spectroscopyBackground & Research Interests
The focus of my research program is involving undergraduates in the design and development of sensor designs that incorporate nanomaterials. In particular, we focus on electrochemical sensors and biosensors that utilize nanoparticles, nanoparticle films, or carbon nanotubes as a functional component of sensors. We focus on sensors for biomedical, forensic, and environmental applications.
Nanodiscs (lipid nanoparticles)Instrumentation
ATR-FTIR, HPLC, ICPBackground & Research Interests
My background is in bioanalytical chemistry (mass spectrometry of membrane proteins and nanodiscs). As I start my research group, my interests are getting more and more nano focused! My goal is to make nanodiscs of varying lipid composition and examine the fluidity of the membrane in the disc through fluorescent probes. I am also interested in how changing the diameter of the nanodisc through use of longer scaffold proteins changes the fluidity of the membrane. Finally, should this prove a robust method for assessing fluidity, I am ultimately interested in incorporating protein or peptids into the nanodiscs and using the fluidity to tease out details of lipid preference.
Biosensing, SPR, single molecule measurements, hydrogel nanomaterialsInstrumentation
SEM-EDS, Powder XRD, DLS/Zeta, Raman Microscopy, FLIM, FCS, Fluorescence Microscopy Also: https://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/chm/resources/instrumentation/Background & Research Interests
Our research interests involve the synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials, including stimuli-responsive hydrogels, plasmonic nanoparticles, and magnetic nanoparticles. Our goal is to use these new materials to advance technology for both point-of-care and single-molecule-based medical diagnostics. Background in hydrogel synthesis, surface chemistry, SPR, microscopy, single molecule measurements, digital ELISA, and development of medical diagnostics.
Spectroscopy, organic materials, optoelectronic materialsInstrumentation
Langmuir-Blodgett trough, IR variable-angle reflectance, optical cryostat, evacuable FT-IR Spectrometer, PXRD, NMRBackground & Research Interests
Determining orientation-specific vibrational spectral signatures of intermolecular coupling in crystalline organic semiconductors; developing infrared-reflectance absorbance spectroscopy methods for quantifying thin film nanocrystal surface coverage
College of Charleston
voltammetry, NP fate in the environmentInstrumentation
400 MHz NMR, FT-IR, EPR, ATM, MALDI-TOF, Raman, various UV, HPLC, LC-MS, GC-MS, DLS, potentiostat and controlled growth mercury electrodeBackground & Research Interests
My group researches the environmental fate of metal-containing nanomaterials, specifically the processes of dissolution and sulfidation, which can control their bioavailability/toxicity. We recently started investigating how magnetic nanoparticles can be used as a water treatment strategy.
Pacific Lutheran University
Physical Chemistry, Semiconductor Nanocrystal Synthesis, Nanocrystal Surface ChemistryInstrumentation
500 MHz FT-NMR, AFM, GC/MS, HPLC, FTIR, ICP-MS,microwave digestion, inert atmosphere gloveboxBackground & Research Interests
My research group investigates the synthesis of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. We are interested in understanding the chemistry that determines nanocrystal shape and stability. We also examine nanocrystal surface chemistry and ligand exchange processes. We are interested in understanding how the surface of a nanocrystal alters its properties and stability.
Metallic Nanomaterials Synthesis, Electrocatalysis, Fuel CellInstrumentation
400 MHz NMR, CEM Microwaves, ICP-OES, BAS Electrochemistry workstation, TGA-DSC. Other instruments: https://science.hamptonu.edu/chem/facilities.cfmBackground & Research Interests
The main focus of our research interests is materials chemistry, nanocatalysis, renewable energy, electrocatalysis and application of nanotechnology in forensic chemistry. Current projects involve fabrication of multimetallic alloyed nanoparticles based on copper, silver, gold, palladium, and platinum.
Montclair State University
Electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, electrochemical imaging, 3D printingInstrumentation
My lab: Multiple 3D printers, Sutter P2000 laser puller, HEKA El-Pro Scan electrochemical scanning probe workstation, spin coater, dip-coater, contact angle goniometer, multiple potentiostats. University: https://www.montclair.edu/mmrl/equipment/Background & Research Interests
We study electrochemical reactions at the micro- and nanoscale using scanning electrochemical probe microscopies. We use these fundamental studies to help guide us to developing new measurement strategies and sensors. We are particularly interested in developing new chemical sensors based on semiconducting photoelectrodes for monitoring neurotransmitter release from single cells, measuring stochastic nanoparticle collisions on semiconductor surfaces for solar fuels applications, and using 3D printing for developing new sensing schemes.
QD synthesis, photophysical characterization, charge transferInstrumentation
Fluorimeter with integrating sphere, TCSPC lifetime spectrometer, 400 MHz NMR, inert atmosphere gloveboxBackground & Research Interests
We are interested in understanding and harnessing photo-initiated charge and energy transfer in nanoscale systems, with a focus on nanoscale assemblies such as nanocrystal – organic molecule conjugates. Current work aims to use these systems for photocatalysis schemes and as spin qubits.
Solution based synthesis of nanoparticles and carbon based materialsInstrumentation
XRD, FT-IR, UV-vis, fluorescence, HPLC, GC-MS, atomic absorption, high temperature ovens.Background & Research Interests
Synthesis of transition metal oxides Wastewater Remediation by Adsorption and Photocatalysis and their kinetic studies. Development of solid state chemistry experiments for undergrad education.
Franklin & Marshall College
semiconductor nanoparticle synthesis, cation exchange, plasmonics, copper chalcogenidesInstrumentation
TEM, UV/visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy with integrating sphere, SEM-EDS, PXRD, ICPBackground & Research Interests
Our group has been working on synthesizing plasmonic copper chalcogenide nanoheterostructures. We explore how to alter and control the optical behavior. We are also developing new procedures and deeper understandings of how to alter chemistry through anion and cation exchange. These materials can be useful photocatalysts and this is an area where I would be particularly interested in new collaboration. In addition, I have a collaborative project exploring how the solid-state behavior of iron sulfide ocean sediments affects the adsorption of trace metals.
analytical chemistry, nanometrologyInstrumentation
UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, FAAS, DLS, CE, HPLC, GC-MS, various electrochemistry workstations, CD, XRD, EPR, 400 MHz NMRBackground & Research Interests
Research in my group involves the development of analytical techniques for the characterization of nanomaterials. This ranges from purification of DNA origami nanostructures to the evaluation of silver nanoparticle transformations in complex biological and environmental matrices to the study of nano- and microplastic fate and transport.
Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomaterials/Supramolecular PolymersInstrumentation
NMR, IR, GC-MS, CombiFlash, UV-Vis, DLSBackground & Research Interests
Grad School: (1) Multi-step synthesis of potential anti-anthrax agents, included cell-based assays to test efficacy (2) Synthesis of collagen-based peptide for hydrogel formation and metal-triggered self-assembly of nanomaterials Post-Doc: (1) Synthesis of cell-signaling peptide amphiphiles for regenerative medicine with specific application in cardiovascular diseases Current lab: (1) Synthesis of small peptidomimetic and peptide molecule for the self-assembly of novel nanomaterials via aromatic interactions and metal chelation.
Montclair State University
Polymer synthesis, self-assembly, nanostructured porous block copolymer template fabricationInstrumentation
SEM, TEM, XRD, 400 MHz NMR, ESI-MS, GC-MS, FTIR.Background & Research Interests
Current research interets is to synthesize nature-inspired polymer and their uses in energy devices. Additional interst is chemical recycling of Li ion battery.
physical chemistry, Raman spectroscopy, silver nanoparticlesInstrumentation
Raman spectrometer, 400 MHz NMR, FTIR, Fluorimeter, AFM, SEM, UV-Vis, LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLCBackground & Research Interests
I have two main research interests at the interface of chemistry, physics and material science. It primarily focuses on using Raman spectroscopy as an analytical tool to characterize both materials and physical processes. Current projects focus on the probing the influence of composition on the structure of glassy materials while the other involves probing the dynamics of individual molecules using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).
Au/Ag/Cu nanoparticle synthesis, catalysis, photocatalysis, green(er) nanoparticle synthesisInstrumentation
UV-vis-NIR, fluorescence, AAS, LC-MS, SEM-EDS, PXRD, DSC, AFMBackground & Research Interests
Synthesis and characterization of hybrid metal oxide-metal nanomaterials for applications in photocatalysis and solar energy capture. Applications of ultrasmall copper nanoparticles in solution based catalysis and electrocatalysis.
St. Olaf College
Physical chemistry and applied laser diagnosticsInstrumentation
Pulsed nanosecond and CW laser sources, spectrometers and scanning monochromator, liquid nitrogen cryostat, converging-diverging nozzle gas expansion instrument. Other equipment: https://wp.stolaf.edu/chemistry/files/2013/07/Dept_equipF07.pdfBackground & Research Interests
Development and use of optical sensing techniques for the characterization of gaseous high-speed flows and combustion, study of energy transfer phenomena, and development of associated instrumentation and data analysis methodologies.
Gold/silver nanoparticle synthesis, nanoparticle surface modifications with polymers, environmental fate of NPsInstrumentation
DLS/Zeta, ITC, CD, TEM, AFM, Fluorescence microscopyBackground & Research Interests
My research group is broadly interested in understanding how the surface chemistry of nanoparticles impacts their behavior. Current work explores the quantification and characterization of responsive polyelectrolyte adsorbates to drive nanoparticle assemblies.
University of Puget Sound
Metallic nanoparticle synthesis, protein-nanoparticle interactions, nanoparticle toxicityInstrumentation
Malvern Nano ZS, SEM, Confocal microscopy, QToF Tandem MS/MSBackground & Research Interests
My research group will be examining the biomolecular interactions of bismuth nanoparticles and their potential non-acute toxicity in the model organism C. elegans
Polymer nanoparticles, biomolecule assay development, lateral flow assaysInstrumentation
Dynamic Light Scattering, ICP-OES, 400 MHz NMR, FTIR, Fluorimeter with solid state cell, UV-Vis, LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLCBackground & Research Interests
I developed polymer nanoparticle-based detection strategies for biomolecules in my graduate work. I also developed methods to enhance the sensitivity of current low-resource diagnostics to better understand infectious disease biomarkers. At E-town, I'm the analytical chemist in the department and my research focuses of the development of a lateral flow assay, that utilizes polymer nanoparticles, for detection of heavy metals in drinking water.
The Cooper Union
Chemistry, physics, computation, theory, aerosolized acid-base nanoparticles, machine learningInstrumentation
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Our group uses computational and theoretical methods to study nanoparticles formed through atmospheric processes. We study the structural, thermal, electronic and spectral properties of the products of redox and acid-base reactions formed as the result of atmospheric NOx/SOx pollution, in an effort to help eludicate their fates in the environment. Our group has recently developed TransRot, a freely available simulated annealing Monte Carlo program designed to find minimum-energy structures of atomic and molecular nanoparticles. We are very interested in working collaboratively with experimentalists and theorists at other institutions.
Santa Clara University
SEM, fluorimeter, various MS, DLS, other instrumentation here: https://www.scu.edu/cas/chemistry/research/facilities-and-instrumentation/Background & Research Interests
We focus on development of methods to characterize and predict the biochemical interactions that mediate nanomaterial behavior.
Georgia Gwinnett College
Computational & Materials ChemistryInstrumentation
IR, benchtop NMR, AA, GC, HPLC, DSCBackground & Research Interests
Interested in reactions on metal oxide nanoparticles and how they (might) remediate environmental pollutants