Research within the Nanomaterial Fabrication Research Laboratory focuses on the synthesis and fabrication of noble metal (plasmonic) nanomaterials for catalytic and sensing applications.
Fabrication methods such as nanoimprint lithography, self-assembly, and solution-phase redox reactions are used in combination to define periodic arrays of complex noble metal nanostructures that collectively express the photo- and chemically-active surfaces needed to prototype photovoltaic and sensing devices. These same nanostructures are also being investigated as catalysts for hydrogen generation and as photocatalysts capable of promoting green chemical syntheses powered by sunlight. Emphasis is also placed on the development of new instrumentation and in situ monitoring tools needed to fabricate these nanomaterials in a manner that is responsive to the scalability and throughput needs of a manufacturing setting.
We are currently accepting applications for graduate researchers!
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (concurrent)