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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5/1/19: Scott successfully defends his thesis! Congratulations Dr. Crawford!
4/26/19: Jill won the award for Excellence in Chemical Science from the Greater Pittsburgh Area Women Chemists Committee! Congratulations Jill!
4/19/19: Emily won the PQI Poster Award! Congratulations on another great performance Emily! This award comes with a $1k travel stipend.
3/22/19: Emily won the Grad Expo Outstanding Oral Presenter Award! Congratulations Emily! (pic)
3/13/19: Katie successfully defends her thesis! Congratulations Dr. Johnston! (pic)
3/11/19: Xing Yee's paper in collaboration with the Frontiera group at University of Minnesota entitled "Plasmon-Enhanced Chemical Conversion Using Copper Selenide Nanoparticles" is published in Nano Letters! Congratulations Xing Yee and Emily!
2/29/19: Xing Yee wins University of Pittsburgh's prestigious Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Awesome work and congratulations Xing Yee!
2/11/19: Scott's review entitled " Surface Chemistry Mediated Near-Infrared Emission of Small Coinage Metal Nanoparticles" is published in Acc. Chem. Res.! Congratulations Scott!
1/12/19: Our collaborative work with the Rosi group entitled "Multivariate Stratified Metal-Organic Frameworks: Diversification Using Domain Building Blocks" is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.!
1/7/19: We are excited to welcome first year Zoe (A&S fellow) as our newest member!
11/15/18: Michael successfully defends his thesis. Congratulations Dr. Hartmann!
10/27/18: Scott and Xing Yee win the PQI Veteran's Poster Awards!
10/10/18: Derrick's paper entitled "Evolution of Surface Copper(II) Environments in Cu2-xSe Nanoparticles" is now online in Chem. Mater.! Congratulations Derrick!