Undergraduate Research in Nanoparticle Surface Chemistry

Mentor Name:
Scott Anderson

Mentor Position:
Distinguished Professor




Project Description:

I have three projects: 1. Mass spectrometry and optical properties of single trapped nanoparticles (Develop new analytical methods for nanoparticles) 2. Catalysis and electrocatalysis by size-selected nanoclusters (Understand size effects on supported catalysts) 3. Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles with controlled surface properties. (Surface chemistry controls particle production, solubility, and stability)

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Earn independent study credit; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis

Student Role:

Work with graduate student to learn the techniques. Independent research for undergrads with sufficient time/skills

Student Benefits:

Learn a variety of instrumentation and methods that are applicable to all kinds of experiments. Good background for future graduate study in Physical or Analytical chemistry

Project Duration:

Minimum of 8 hours/week for one semester. Prefer students who can commit to two semesters.

Minimum Requirements:

Chem 3060/3070. Some physics courses. Mostly, need to be comfortable working with complex instrumentation.