nanoscienceSupramolecular chemistry and nanoscience are concerned with the creation of new structures with at least one of the dimensions on the nanometer scale that exhibit exciting new properties and functions in the biological, materials, and energy realms. The research interests of faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in these areas are broad and deep and represent a strategic focus area.

For example, at the molecular scale, the research groups of Davis, Isaacs, and Gutierrez create new organic synthetic host structures that either function as catalysts or perform selective molecular recognition of ions and drugs in water and/or membrane environments and are thereby able to augment and control the function of the targeted biological systems. Synthetic polymers, biopolymers, and their self-assemblies are the focus of research in the Colombini, Kahn, Nie, Paukstelis, Raghavan, and Sita groups with the goal of understanding the basic science rules of self-assembly and using them to create new commodity polyolefins as well as materials for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Nanoscale particles are a focus of several research groups (DeShong, Eichhorn, Zachariah) with applications ranging from catalysis to vaccine development to aerosols. Beyond individual nanostructures, the research groups of Fourkas, S. B. Lee, and Y. Wang are creating precision architectures using light and innovative chemical methods of nanofabrication developed in their laboratories to guide the motion of cells and to enable next-generation energy technologies. At the interface of molecules and solids, the research groups of Reutt-Robey, Y. Wang, and Weeks are developing experimental and theoretical methods to probe and tailor fluorescent quantum defects and nanostructured interfaces for controlling charge transport and tracking structure/chemical evolution.

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Jeffery Davis

Supramolecular chemistry; bioorganic chemistry; molecular self-assembly; chemical synthesis and chemistry of bioconjugates; transmembrane ion transport

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Supramolecular chemistry; bioorganic chemistry; molecular self-assembly; chemical synthesis and chemistry of bioconjugates; transmembrane ion transport

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Philip DeShong

Bioconjugate Chemistry; Colloid Chemistry; Nanotechnology. Synthesis of complex bioconjugates; Functionalized nanomaterials for use as biosensors, drug delivery, and vaccine development.Read More

Bioconjugate Chemistry; Colloid Chemistry; Nanotechnology. Synthesis of complex bioconjugates; Functionalized nanomaterials for use as biosensors, drug delivery, and vaccine development.

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Bryan Eichhorn

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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John T. Fourkas

Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Lyle Isaacs

Host-guest chemistry; molecular recognition; drug delivery; cucurbituril molecular containers;

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Host-guest chemistry; molecular recognition; drug delivery; cucurbituril molecular containers;

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Jason Kahn

Biophysical chemistry; DNA structure, flexibility, and topology in multi-protein DNA complexes and DNA loops; transcription and gene regulation; DNA and RNA packaging by peptides used for transfection; protein-DNA nanostructures; thermodynamics of modified DNARead More

Biophysical chemistry; DNA structure, flexibility, and topology in multi-protein DNA complexes and DNA loops; transcription and gene regulation; DNA and RNA packaging by peptides used for transfection; protein-DNA nanostructures; thermodynamics of modified DNA

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Sang Bok Lee

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistryRead More

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistry

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Zhihong Nie

Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Paul Paukstelis

Nucleic acid structure, function, and catalysis; Structural DNA nanotechnology; DNA crystal design; Non-canonical DNA structures; DNA-based catalysts.Read More

Nucleic acid structure, function, and catalysis; Structural DNA nanotechnology; DNA crystal design; Non-canonical DNA structures; DNA-based catalysts.

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Janice Reutt-Robey

Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Lawrence R. Sita

Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Yu-Huang Wang

Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicine

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Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicine

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John Weeks

Statistical mechanics of interfaces; theory of crystal growth; theory of nonuniform liquids; dynamics of steps on crystal surfaces

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Statistical mechanics of interfaces; theory of crystal growth; theory of nonuniform liquids; dynamics of steps on crystal surfaces

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Michael Zachariah

Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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