Nature of Research Projects

Porous solids are of interest to engineers, scientists, and industry because of their wide-variety of chemical and biomedical applications, such as adsorbents and membranes for separation, as catalysts for reaction, and as scaffolds for tissue engineering.  Projects will focus on a range of porous materials, including nanopores (pores <100 nm), micropores (<2 nm), mesopores (2-50 nm), and macropores (>50 nm).  Students will learn about how the distribution of pore size, shape, and volume relates to the material’s function in targeted applications. They will also learn about several transferable engineering skills, such as mass transfer, thermodynamics, and kinetics.

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