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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8/1/17 – Ashley's collaborative work with the Rosi group is accepted to Chem. Nano. Mat.!
6/27/17 – Xing Yee attends the Plasmonically Powered Processes GRC in Hong Kong and is one of six poster presenters selected to give a 10 minute presentation on her research - way to go Xing Yee!
6/22/17 - Katie turns it up! Katie attended the Environmental Nanotechnology GRC and wins an Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Award. She was also one of only three attendees selected to deliver an elevator pitch about her research. Congratulations Katie!
6/21/17 - Xing Yee wins the 2017-2018 PQI Graduate Student Research Award and a fellowship for a full semester - congratulations Xing Yee!
6/5/17 – Scott wins the national Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship and begins his summer internship at NETL - congratulations Scott!
5/10/17 - Repeat! Xing Yee wins the PQI poster award again, and earns a travel fellowship to boot!
5/4/17 - Emily wins the Mary E. Warga Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh and fellowship for the summer semester - great work Emily!
3/23/17 - Millstone PhD #3! Ashley successfully defends her thesis - congratulations Ashley!!
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!