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Full Stream Name: Nanomaterials for Chemical Catalysis

Research Educator: Tony Dylla

Principal Investigator: David Vanden Bout and Richard Crooks

Credit Options: Spring & Fall

How do you make new types of nanoreactors?

In this Research Stream, students use cutting edge technology to synthesize nanoparticles using combinations of metals including copper, gold, platinum, palladium, and nickel. The particles act like “nanoreactors” to catalyze chemical reactions. Nanoparticles are tiny, around one billionth of a meter across, but they hold huge potential for use in biosensors, drug synthesis, fuel production, environmental remediation, and specialty chemical production. Our goal is to identify the best chemical catalysts that could eventually be used in these applications

Click here to read more about the Nano Stream

Click here for a video tour of the lab

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