Nanoscale materials are driving the discovery of physical and chemical phenomena, and providing the basis for cutting-edge technologies that range from low-cost solar cells to targeted gene therapies. At the heart of these advances are controlled chemical synthesis and the development of structure-property relationships. Therefore, for every different nanoparticle synthesized there is the opportunity to uncover new scientific insights and technological capabilities. The next evolution of nanoparticle synthesis will establish rational methods for accessing these materials with an emphasis on controlling surface chemistry and element composition with atomic precision.
The Millstone group works to develop new tools and new insights for nanoparticle synthesis, that allow us to realize this structural control from the bottom-up, ultimately producing nanostructures that incorporate optical, electronic, mechanical, and self-assembly demands into a single nanoparticle architecture. This work is designed to provide not only significant insight into nanoscale reactions and particle properties, but also generate highly tailored material platforms that, together, will allow us to accelerate the translation of nanoparticles into society-shaping technologies.
Here's a video produced by former graduate student Julia Bursten and artist Michael Pisano explaining our work using philosophy as a tool to understand and accelerate nanotechnology. (we miss you, Julia!)
Also see our JPCL Viewpoint!
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04/18 - Katie and Xing Yee are selected to speak at the Noble Metal Nanoparticle GRS and Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals GRS, respectively, recognizing great work!
2/27/18 - JEM wins the Chancellor's Distinguished Researcher Award
2/23/18 - Scott and Nathan win Vacuum Society Poster Awards!
2/19/18 - Nathan's image appears on the cover of ChemNanoMat celebrating Scott's recent publication!
1/22/18 - Michael's paper entitled, "Ligand Mediated Evolution of Size Dependent Magnetism in Cobalt Nanoclusters" is published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.!