University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
207 Pleasant St. S. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-1802
Fax: (612) 626-7541
Our research involves materials synthesis by
templating and self-assembly methods. Using polymer or surfactant templates we can control the architecture
of porous and nanostructured materials and create products with special
properties. Examples include non-toxic pigments that can change colors,
electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries that can be charged or
discharged more quickly, bone-graft materials with improved bioactivity,
polymer/synthetic clay nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties,
sorbents for toxic heavy metals and more. Students involved in our
multi-disciplinary research become hands-on users of a wide range of modern instrumentation
for materials characterization.