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The Nanoparticle Kid

The Nanoparticle Kid



In the lab of computational chemist Graeme Henkelman, senior chemistry major Matt Welborn combines experimental X-ray diffraction data and electronic structure theory to quantify the disorder at the surface of 140-atom platinum nanoparticles. Knowing about the disorder at the surface, Wellborn says, is critical for understanding reactions that occur on the those surfaces, including reactions that are key to the workings of hydrogen fuel cells (and other alternative fuel technologies).

In the lab of computational chemist Graeme Henkelman, senior chemistry major Matt Welborn combines experimental X-ray diffraction data and electronic structure theory to quantify the disorder at the surface of 140-atom platinum nanoparticles.

Knowing about the disorder at the surface, Wellborn says, is critical for understanding reactions that occur on the those surfaces, including reactions that are key to the workings of hydrogen fuel cells (and other alternative fuel technologies).

In February, Welborn represented The University of Texas at Austin during an event at the Texas Capitol that showcased ground-breaking undergraduate research and its impact on Texans.

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