Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry
Goal: To develop synthetic strategies for fabrication of inorganic materials or composites for various applications.
Areas of research: Bioinorganic chemistry, Inorganic Materials Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Photocatalysis. Inorganic chemistry encompasses basic studies of properties and reactivities of nearly all elements. It directly impacts a variety of technologies, ranging from creation of novel compounds, drug design, catalysis, and materials for energy applications. In the nanotechnology research, IC researchers are making new types of thin films and polymer-nanomaterial composites for use in the semiconductor/microelectronics, sensors, catalysis, and separation industries. Researchers are also doing syntheses and characterization of crystalline solid materials with novel structure or tunable electronic, optical and superconducting properties; examples include organic-inorganic hybrids and intermetallics. For biomedical applications, the IC faculty are designing synthetic strategies for molecular probes, such as polyheterometallic lanthanide chelates, as tools for in vitro assays and as contrast agents for multi-modal (MRI/optical) imaging systems. For bioinorganic research, future research plans will include delving deeper into the functions of metal complexes in biological systems to obtain new understanding of diseases and the design of innovative cures or treatments.