Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials
We have developed synthetic approaches such as sol-gel, hydrothermal, and electrospinning to control particle size, shape, composition, porosity, and surface properties of the nanostructured inorganic and inorganic/polymer composite particles. The particles can be assembled into membranes, by hydrothermal crystallization or electric field processing technologies, with ordered structures to optimizing the desired properties. We are exploring the capability of these technologies for producing a variety of nanostructured particles and membranes in energy conversion applications. We are also trying to elucidate the particle and membrane formation mechanisms, with the goal of developing predictive models for particle and membrane preparation.