Our research focuses on the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nano oxide powders. Research in the hybrid area emphasizes the synthesis and characterization of nano building based on polyfunctional octahedral and dodecahedral silsequoioxanes. Research in the nano oxide powder area emphasizes the direct synthesis of single and mixed metal oxide nano powders by flame spray pyrolysis of mixed metal metalloorganics.
"Our group strives to synthesize advanced multifunctional materials by using readily available and sustainable raw materials. " David Pan, Safety Liaison
Our group focuses on small molecule crystallization, crystallization of explosives, organic synthesis. Techniques used in our lab represent but not limited to flow chemistry, X-Ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and gas chromatography. Our waste streams consist of hazardous solid and liquid wastes including syringe waste.
“The Sustainable Lab Recognition Program was a great opportunity to be exposed to a breadth of campus sustainability. I appreciated the helpful process in thinking about how my lab can work towards being more sustainable.” Rachel Barnard, Safety Liaison
Our group focuses on studying biochemical pathways involved in cancer growth and progression. To do so, we utilize synthetic organic chemistry to develop small molecule probes which are tested in a biochemical setting using fluorescence and absorbance spectroscopy assays. The probes which perform well in such assays are then tested in cells to elucidate the role of enzymes such as protein tyrosine kinases within a specific pathway.
"The Sustainable Lab Recognition Program helped us to evaluate our everyday practices in terms of environmental impact and energy conservation. Practical suggestions from the OCS staff enabled us to improve the sustainability and safety of our lab." Sameer Phadke and Christel Fox, Safety Liaisons
Research in the Yang Lab focuses on design of adsorbents for fossil fuels using liquid phase adsorbents, carbon dioxide removal from fuel gas and the atmosphere and hydrogen adsorption for hydrogen storage.
"While we research ways to reduce the effect of millions of users of fossil fuels, we recognize that by doing our part to be sustainable we can also make large steps towards solving the problem." Nick Stuckert, Safety Liaison
Research in the Kotov laboratory focuses on the layer-by-layer assembly of Nano-components and polymer counter parts. In addition, we carry out the syntheses of inorganic nanoparticles including gold, CdTe, CdS, FeS2 in aqueous solutions. These reactions are carried out at room temperature or at 100 o C. Solvents like propanol, methanol and other solvents are used to purify the compounds we make.
"We, Kotov lab, always try to keep sustainability, including safety, health, and reducing waste, in everyday laboratory practices which will be beneficial not only for labs but also for environment." Yoonseob Kim, Safety Liaison
Our researches primarily use biochemical and organic chemical techniques and procedures including but not limited to: Synthetic chemistry using silica gel chromatography, enzymology using HPLC and TLC, yeast purification to harvest enzymes, protein purification from bacteria, DNA manipulation including PCR, digests, gels and transformations, and inert atmosphere reactions in nitrogen and argon.
"We are proud to be part of the OCS program for that we are able to make our environment greener." Jiayan Liu, Safety Coordinator
Research in the Was Lab focuses on sample preparation for metallic specimens through cutting, grinding, polishing, and chemical etching for high temperature corrosion and mechanical testing of nuclear structural materials under different extreme environments.
"We are committed in our research efforts to maximize our sustainability and safety in our everyday laboratory operations to do the best research with the least amount of waste." Cheng Xu, Safety Liaison
Our group studies heterogeneous charge transfer processes relevant to the fields of electronics, chemical sensing, and energy conversion/storage technologies. Our research encompasses several fields, including analytical, physical, and materials chemistry, as well as surface science and applied physics. We seek out new solid-state and wet-chemical methods for material design and employ electrochemical and spectroscopic methods to study electrode interfaces. Our present goals are to identify new designs for energy conversion technologies, to develop new methods for synthesizing and modifying nanostructured semiconductors, and to understand the operation of nanostructured semiconductor (photo) electrodes
"We strive to develop new designs for energy conversion technologies while leading the way in the effort towards more sustainable practices." Sabrina Peczonczyk, Safety Officer
Undergraduate Student Building (USB) Teaching Laboratory
These rooms are part of the MCDB and EEB Biology program for the General Biology lab course 173. The course uses a large volume of varied materials for instructional purposes. Each week students are engaged in a different activity and experiment. Knowledge of sustainability will help encourage and enhance student involvement in this effort.
“We all enjoyed sharing ideas, and information, in an effort to reach the common goal of sustainability. We were pleased to receive the clocks and other materials we can place in the labs to continue this program”. Dennis Drobeck, Biology Lab Services Supervisor