Semiconductor nanocrystals, quantum dots, isothermal titration calorimetry, surface chemistry, ultrafast spectroscopy
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 box
Background & Research Interest
My current research projects focus on the thermodynamics of surface modifications on semiconductor nanocrystals. In particular, I am using calorimetry to investigate ligand exchange reactions on colloidal quantum dots to gain fundamental understanding of these reactions. I’m also working to adapt existing, alternative techniques to determine chemical composition of nanomaterials. I also work with the Mercer Engineering Research Center (MREC) on several projects addressing chemical- and surface-related challenges for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. These projects include: corrosion prevention and control; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare agents; and composite repairs and bonding on multiple aircraft and service equipment and vehicles.