Inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry: Synthesis and surface-functionalization of materials, assembly of nanostructured interfaces, spectroscopic characterization of photoinduced electron transfer.
Materials synthesis; Surface chemistry; Photochemistry; Electron transfer processes; Spectroscopy
Our research involves materials chemistry, surface chemistry, photochemistry, and spectroscopy. We synthesize nanostructured inorganic materials and heterostructures, functionalize their surfaces with molecules and nanoparticles, and study photoinduced charge transfer at the resulting interfaces. Our goals are (1) to synthesize nanostructured materials architectures with intriguing light-harvesting properties, excited-state charge-transfer reactivity, and applications in solar photocatalysis, and (2) to develop, through our fundamental studies, structure-property-reactivity relationships pertaining to surface functionalization and electron transfer at nanostructured interfaces.
Current research projects focus on the synthesis of a range of quantum dot-semiconductor heterostructures and quantum dot-molecule hybrids and the interrogation of their photoinduced charge-transfer processes and redox photocatalytic reactivity.
Students working in our research group develop skills in synthetic materials chemistry, materials characterization techniques, surface chemistry, steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy, photochemistry, and electrochemistry.
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