Materials & Solid State

Professor Interests
Jared Anderson Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Mark Gordon The Frances M. Craig distinguished professor of chemistry, received his B.S. at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1963 and his Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1968.
Wenyu Huang Plasmonic enhancement of activity and selectivity of catalysts. The objective is to develop a new strategy based on the strong electromagnetic field generated by photon irradiation of controlled plasmonic nanostructures to enhance the activity or selectivity of metal (i.e. Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, and Pd) catalysts. This new approach could provide energy-efficient ways to control the activity and selectivity of heterogeneous catalysis and reduces the energy consumption in current industrial processes.
Kirill Kovnir Research in the Kovnir lab are in the broad field of solid state and materials chemistry. Research in his group is focused on synthesis of novel thermoelectric, superconducting, magnetic, catalytic, and low-dimensional materials and exploring their crystal structure, chemical bonding, and physical properties. Understanding the structure-property relationship is a key to the rational design of such materials.
Qisheng Lin Solid State Chemistry, Functional Inorganic Materials
Gordon Miller The major goal of their research is to identify new inorganic materials that will show potentially interesting chemical and physical properties by coupling theoretical efforts with experimental approaches. During the past 12 years, they have concentrated on intermetallic compounds because not only are they well suited for combined theoretical/experimental investigations, but they still offer fundamental challenges towards fundamental understanding of the relationships among chemical composition, atomic structure, physical properties and chemical bonding.
Marek Pruski The group develops and applies transient techniques in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to probe the chemical and physical properties of materials involved in heterogeneous catalysis, surface science and materials science.
Aaron Rossini Research in our group centers on utilizing solid-state NMR to investigate the structure and composition of systems that are challenging to characterize with conventional techniques. In particular, we will explore the development and application of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of materials. In a DNP experiment the high polarization of unpaired electrons is transferred to magnetic nuclei.
Igor Slowing The Slowing group designs multifunctional nanostructured materials to build smart hybrid organic-inorganic devices. We synthesize nanoparticles with precise control of morphology and surface properties, and incorporate organic and inorganic groups at specific domains of the particles.
Patricia Thiel In this group, they try to understand real problems in corrosion, lubrication, heterogeneous catalysis, and microelectronics (thin films) by creating simple model surfaces and studying their chemistry on an atomic scale. They then extrapolate this information back to the real system, where such knowledge is often unobtainable, either because of a lack of adequate experimental techniques or because of misleading extraneous factors.
Brett VanVeller Our research program aims to develop tools and biomimetic materials to interrogate, understand, and manipulate the interactions that occur between biological building blocks. Synthetic chemistry and the develpoment of new methods underpin all aspects of our research, and we apply the principles of chemistry towards the precise molecular-level design and engineering of these systems.
Javier Vela The group is interested in the fabrication, characterization and properties of novel hetero-structured nanomaterials. Our aim is to develop unique materials and composites that are useful in solving important problems in renewable energy (energy generation, conversion, and storage), catalysis, and biological imaging and tracking.
Theresa Windus Modern theoretical and computational chemical science is a confluence of mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry and sometimes biology. It is at the interface between these disciplines where many of the most exciting new developments in the field are being made. The scientific questions being asked demand much more from the theories, the computational algorithms and the scientist's chemical intuition than in previous years.
Julia Zaikina Research in the Zaikina lab includes Inorganic and materials chemistry; non-conventional synthesis routes to complex solids; structural analysis; chemical bonding in solids; correlation between the electronic and crystal structures and properties; magnetism of solids; green chemistry.
Yan Zhao The biological world has unparalleled abilities to control structures, functions, reactions, and energy transfer with great efficiency and accuracy. They are interested in biomimetic chemistry to "abstract good design from nature." One of their main research goals is to design molecules that functionally mimic certain biological systems, and in turn to prepare molecules, polymers, and materials that have useful and superior properties.