July 31, 2020: Manuscript entitled "Synthesis of Gold Nanostructures Using Glycine as the Reducing Agent" was published in Nanotechnology. (https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6528/abaa76)
July 19, 2020: Manuscript entitled "Bi2O2Se as a novel co-catalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction" was published in Chemical Engineering Journal (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.125931)
July 1 2020: Our team will be joining the University of Notre Dame starting Summer 2020.
June 2, 2020: Our team is collaborating team leads to NSF RAPID grant on PPE materials which capture and kill pathogens
Engineers at the University Notre Dame and the Univ. of Iowa are collaborating with a UI College of Public Health faculty member to develop personal protective equipment (PPE) that captures and kills viral pathogens, thereby improving PPE performance and reusability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work as led to a new one-year, $200,000 NSF RAPID grant.
The work leverages over a decade of collaboration on projects related to the use of a fabrication process called electrospinning to produce nanoengineered, multi-functional filtration materials for water treatment. The team is adapting its approach to making water filters and turning turn them into materials suitable for PPE. By integrating biocidal materials, the team aims to produce a composite nanofiber filter that will be able to capture and kill aerosolized virus in a lightweight, breathable framework suitable for integration into PPE like masks and respirators.