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Multifunctional Nanostructures for Environmental Applications

TEM image of multifunctional nanostructures (green) coated on a sponge for environmental remediation.Multifunctional nanostructures can bind with oil, heavy metals, and nutrients from water.

(Supported by NIH-CCNE, NSF-MWN, NSF-INT, NMH, ENH, NNIN)

We study the role of Multifunctional Nanostructures (MNS) in a variety of environmental applications including oil spill cleanup, nutrient recovery, heavy metal remediation, microplastics remediation, and moisture-driven carbon capture. MNS are exceptionally versatile due to their high surface area, various functionalities (biocompatibility, superparamagnetism, RF-induced thermal activation, catalytic properties, etc), and their ability to be tailored to specific applications through targeted functionalization. In order to effectively deploy these structures, we incorporate them into sponges, or other 3D porous membranes. Our subgroup also characterizes these novel composite materials with a variety of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. Our current areas of focus are listed below:  

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