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Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience

Major initiatives at the University of Georgia in Materials Science and Nanoscience have fostered a strong and diverse contingent of chemists and chemistry research programs in these areas, in additional to physicists, engineers and biologists. The vibrant chemistry research programs feature strong interdisciplinary efforts spanning all major areas including nanofabrication, imaging, sensors, electronics, synthesis and spectroscopy as applied to polymers and thin films, nanotubes and nanosheets, molecular clusters, drug delivery, semiconductors and many other applications. New state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation complement the exciting ongoing research efforts.



The Klepov lab designs functional inorganic materials by tuning crystal and electronic structures for wide-ranging applications in radiation detection, magnetism, and sustainability. The lab focuses on addressing synthetic challenges that entangle technological advancements at the intersection of inorganic solid state chemistry, materials…

The research programs in our laboratory are centered on the materials properties of polymers and plastics. Our research activities involve organic and polymer synthesis, thermomechanical characterization, rheology, extrusion, and polymer processing. We also assess the end-of-life fate for plastic materials, with a special emphasis on…

The current research is in the field of nanostructured soft matter with special emphasis on biomaterials and biobased polymer materials. These activities are driven by current trends in developments of advanced materials for biomedical applications and biotechnology, including drug and genetic materials delivery systems, tissue engineering…

Photoswitchable bioactive compounds: Photoactivation of drugs, enzymes, and other bio-molecules allows for achieving of the spatial and temporal control of their action. We design and synthesize compounds that are inactive in the dark but are converted into bioactive form upon irradiation with light of an appropriate wavelength. One of our…

We study fundamental electrochemical problems through nanoscale science and technology. Our primary focus is on electrochemical energy conversion, but focus areas also include biosensors and bio-nanomaterials. Research in our lab is highly interdisciplinary and overlaps with material science, biochemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and…

Research in the Salguero group focuses on hybrid materials that incorporate nanosheet components. Nanosheets are characterized as well-defined nanomaterials that are one to several monolayers thick and tens of micrometers in lateral dimensions. Examples of nanosheets include graphene, graphite oxide, metal chalcogenides (MoS2, NbSe2)…

We are interested in organocatalytic reactions and methods (thioureas, oligopeptides), nanodiamonds (diamondoids) as building blocks and materials (e.g., organic electronics), matrix isolation of reactive intermediates (e.g., carbenes) and computational chemistry . Our group consists of scientists from the People's Republic of China, Germany,…

In the Salguero lab, my research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of group IV transition metal chalcogenides for electronics applications. In the synthesis of these compounds, I have primarily implemented chemical vapor transport methods and designed experiments to obtain optimal crystal growth and prevent oxide formation. In…

Exploring Dynamics and Functionality of Biophotonic Molecules via Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

Biophotonic functions are triggered through light activation. The photoexcited biomolecules can undergo a variety of competing processes and the competition between these processes governs the selectivity, efficiency and reliability of their…

Our research focuses on the development and evaluation of metal-, polymer- or protein-based nanoparticles for imaging and therapy. The idea is to conceptualize the nanoparticles not as merely tiny aggregates of molecules but rather as platforms with large surface-to-volume ratios. By harnessing the well-developed surface chemistry, one can load…

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