Director: Randy Weinstein, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Focus: Development of environmentally benign chemical processes and production of nanomaterials.
- Utilize supercritical carbon dioxide to create self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and polymeric films on various metal surfaces for corrosion resistance and electrochemical modifications.
- Develop drug delivery devices by implanting various pharmaceuticals into biocompatible polymeric devices as well as chewing gum.
- Explore various reactions and nanomaterial synthesis processes in sub- and supercritical carbon dioxide to better understand these unique fluids.
- Ten different high pressure reaction vessels (3 mL up to 500 mL), six with visual access through sapphire windows which allow for in situ spectroscopic measurements, and one with a movable piston to allow for solubility measurements through cloud point observation
- Two hand pumps and four ISCO syringe pumps for pressurization of the vessels up to 7000 psi
- Cary 50 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
- Spectrasystem UV3000 HPLC system with autoinjector and UV detector
- 6890 Agilient Technologies GC with FID and autoinjector with 100 sample trays