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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3/14/17 - Congratulations to Lauren, Xing Yee, and Derrick on their new paper, "Correlating Carrier Density and Emergent Plasmonic Features in Cu2-xSe Nanoparticles" just accepted to Nano Letters!
3/1/17 - Scott wins the University of Pittsburgh's prestigious Mellon Fellowship. Awesome work and congratulations Scott!
2/28/17 - Ashley's book chapter on ligand quantification protocols is now out in the book Biomedical Nanotechnology. Congratulations Ashley and thanks to book editors, Profs. Sarah Petrosko and Emily Day for the opportunity!
1/30/17 - Ashley's on a roll! Our recent Analyst article is selected as a Hot Review of 2016 and her original report in Analytical Chemistry was highlighted in the ACS Publications virtual issue on NMR developments and applications. Nice work team!
12/14/16 - Patrick successfully defends his thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Straney! Good luck at Intel!
12/1/16 - Scott is the featured graduate student of DSAS for the month of December - congratulations on the well-deserved recognition Scott!
11/30/16 - Ashley's review on quantitative nanoparticle surface chemistry analysis is published today in the Analyst! Great work Ashley and team!
11/29/16 - Happy to announce that second year student, Xing Yee Gan, was awarded the DSAS Arts & Sciences fellowship for the coming academic year. This one year, full scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the first year. Congratulations Xing Yee!
11/22/16 - We're excited to announce two new first years joining the group, NSF GRFP winner (!) Emily Eikey, and Bo Ryoo. Welcome all!