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Functional Interfaces

Material interfaces play a crucial role in such fundamental phenomena as adhesion, friction, separation, light scattering, and heterogeneous molecular interactions. Therefore, a wide-ranging control over the interfacial material properties would catalyze implementation of a vast range of innovations spanning multiple disciplines such as sensing and recognition, heterogeneous catalysis, polymer science, material separation and filtration, nano-scale manufacturing, molecular electronics and others. Chemical engineers at the University of Rochester advance fundamental molecular engineering at interfaces, especially as applied to novel molecular and thin-film coating, nano-scale fabrication, processing of soft materials, and interfacial molecular interactions and transport.  The Chemical Engineering department and the University of Rochester provide researchers with access to a broad range of deposition and characterization equipment, and to excellent computational tools.

Active Faculty / Research Area

A. Müller: Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis; Pulsed-Laser-in-Liquids Preparation of Controlled Nanomaterials; Nanocatalyst Property–Functionality Relationships; Selective CO2 Reduction Catalysis; Integrated Solar Fuels Photoelectrodes; Nanomaterials for Anti-Cancer Applications.

A. Shestopalov:  Monomolecular interfaces, nano-scale contact patterning, electronic properties of monomolecular films

A. White:  Modeling and design of self-assembling peptide biomaterials, reconstruction of molecular models of interfaces by combining multiple sources of experimental data

M. Yates:  Electrolytic surface coatings and electrochemical surface modification