Nanostructured materials can be designed with sophisticated features to fulfill the complex requirements of advanced material applications. This talk describes the synthesis of metallic, metal oxide and semiconducting nanocrystals of controlled size, morphology and architecture. The nanocrystalline building blocks are used to create multifunctional systems with excellent dispersion and unique properties. Nanoporous materials of metal oxide and organic backbone have also been synthesized with high surface areas and well-defined porosities. The nanostructured materials are successfully tailored towards catalysis and pharmaceuticals synthesis, biomass conversion, greenhouse gas sequestration and utilization, fuel cells and batteries.
Our laboratory has also designed organic and inorganic nanoparticles and nanocomposites for advanced drug delivery, antimicrobial, antifouling, stem cell culture, tissue engineering, and biosensing applications. In addition, we have fabricated nanofluidic systems for drug screening, in vitro toxicology, clinical sample preparation, and diagnostic applications. The nanosystems allow for the rapid and automated processing of drug candidates and clinical samples in tiny volumes, greatly facilitating drug testing, genotyping assays, infectious disease detection, point-of-care monitoring, as well as cancer diagnosis and prognosis.
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