Soft Materials Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to understanding bionanomaterials, living polymerization, carbon recovery, polyionics, and molecular energy systems; the soft condensed matter province of physical and life sciences.
The Rosenthal group studies semiconducting nanocrystals. They are specifically interested in two applications exploiting the properties of nanocrystals: the use of nanocrystals as the light harvesting element in photovolatic devices and the use of fluorescent nanocrystals as biological probes for membrane proteins involved in neuronal signaling.
The new program, which was developed by faculty in the VCU Departments of Chemistry and Physics, is designed to cross-train students in the physical sciences of chemistry and physics with particular focus on how the science changes at reduced dimensions. There is a potential for other departments to become more involved as the program develops.
The Dorn Group is made up of many people from all over the world who are brought together at Virginia Tech. Doing research in nanotechnology, the Dorn Group is best known for their discovery in 1999. As described by the Virginia Tech Magazine "For decades, scientists attempted to put atoms with useful properties inside these cages. In 1999, Professor of Chemistry Harry Dorn, along with other colleagues, succeeded in inserting metal into these carbon molecules."
CSAND conducts research in the nano-science and technology arena. Activities range from fundamental research in the area of nanotechnology to experimental device development and laboratory demonstrations. CSAND activities also include educational and outreach activities.
This project assembles a collaborative team of interdisciplinary secondary science/math teachers and university scientists studying nanoscale processes and science education. As part of their collaborative effort, they hope to develop materials and resources that can be fit into secondary science or math curriculum.
This research group, directed by Professor Michael Hochella within the Department of Geosciences, works in the field of nanoscience applied to environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and mineralogy.