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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8/15/19 - Excited and grateful to receive DOE support for our collaborative work with Profs. Kitchin, Bernhard, and Ulissi at Carnegie Mellon. Our project is entitled, "Data-directed synthesis of multicomponent materials for light-driven hydrogen production from oxygenates." Exciting problems, awesome team!
8/8/19: Katie's review entitled "Connecting Concepts of Coinage Metal Stability Across Length Scales" is now published in Environmental Science:Nano! Congratulations Katie!
7/30/19: Scott's work on MOF-based sensors for high-value rare earth elements with NETL is now published in ACS Sensors! Congratulations Scott!
7/19/19: Katie's collaborative work with the Wheeler group at Santa Clara University on characterizing silver nanoparticle and ion interactions with zinc finger peptides is now online in Environmental Science: Nano! Congrats Katie!
6/13/19: We are excited to welcome Rachel Garwick from University of California Santa-Barbara to Pitt for the SURF program this summer!
5/28/19: Jenny is selected to be the new PQI Executive Co-Director! Congratulations Jenny! We can't wait to see your contributions to PQI!
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!