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The rapid pace of globalization provides unprecedented opportunity for developed and developing countries to restructure and grow their economies. However, society must meet the heightened demand for energy and materials utilizing sustainable resources and with technologies that will have limited environmental impact. Our department is ideally positioned to be a major contributor in chemical processing to address this global need. The focus of our department in this research area is:
- biomass-derived materials and nanocomposites
- computational methods for the rational design of energy storage materials, electrodes and batteries
- lightweight aerospace composite
- next-generation batteries
- optoelectronic semiconductor nanostructures polymer electrolytes
- recombinant protein-based high-performance materials
Advances in the discovery, synthesis, characterization, and processing of materials for (1) batteries and energy storage, (2) that are renewable and derived from biomass, or (3) produced using novel low-temperature plasma processing technologies.
- heterogeneous catalysis of renewable chemicals
- electrochemical routes for industrial synthesis
- synthetic biology for chemicals and pharmaceuticals
Development of novel chemical processing technologies that address future global challenges and needs
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
- flame and furnace aerosol nanoparticle reactors
- gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis in plasmas far away from local equilibrium
- liquid-phase nanoparticle synthesis
- nanoscale interfacial chemistry and solid nucleation
Developing an understanding of the principle that control nanoparticle formation and growth as well as novel synthesis and processing technologies for the production of nanoparticles used in air and water treatment, agriculture, batteries, catalysis, fuel cells, medicine (i.e., cancer treatment).