Organic, Inorganic and Biological Nanomaterials
Mesoporous nanomaterials have experienced an incredible escalation in morphology control through synthesis, surface functionalization, and applications in biological and catalytic fields. These mesoporous nanomaterials have unique, segregated interior and exterior surfaces that can be individually manipulated to facilitate these applications.
Our research group centers on developing these nanomaterials for biotechnology and biomedical applications such as biosensors, drug delivery, and gene transfection in animal and plant cells. Our research group also centers on developing novel heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production, fine chemical sequestration and synthesis, and selective synthesis from synthesis gas. Our research deals with the development of new nanomaterials for the biomedical, energy, and environmental issues that are ever pressing in the world of today and tomorrow.
In our research group you will have the opportunity to synthesize new nanomaterials and investigate applications in biomedical and catalytic applications. You will gain knowledge and experience in numerous characterization methods and many cutting edge molecular biology techniques. The knowledge and experience you will gain in our group is very relevant to the science and technology of today. Specifically, we have projects in developing heterogeneous catalysts for C-H activation, selective production of ethanol from synthesis gas, and synthesis of fine chemicals. Our biotechnological research efforts are significant and include synthesizing new biomaterials to enhance the biocompatibility and biodistribution of MSN, creating new mechanisms of controlled release and drug and protein delivery, and developing delivery biomaterials for the delivery of genetic material and hormones to plants.