The Conboy Group is actively developing novel analytical and bioanalytical techniques
for the exploration of interfacial phenomena in biology and chemistry. We are currently
pursuing research into the dynamics and structure of lipid membranes and the development
of label-free methods for detecting protein and small-molecule adsorption to interfaces.
Our laboratory uses a combination of nonlinear optical spectroscopies in conjunction
with biological and electrochemical methods to achieve these objectives. Please peruse
the selection of publications from our group listed below for more information about
Conboy group website
The research of the Harris Group is centered on novel approaches to chemical microscopy,
which allows them to probe interfacial chemistry in sub-femtoliter volumes. They
have developed methods of characterizing lipid vesicles, the binding of peptides to
lipid bilayers, and molecular adsorption and transport in individual porous particles.
Their chemical microscopy methods include vibrational (Raman) spectroscopy, for determining
chemical composition and structure, and single-molecule fluorescence imaging, for
observing dynamics of individual molecules and for ultra-sensitive chemical analysis.
Harris group website
The Minteer Group focuses on improving the abiotic-biotic interface between biocatalysts
and electrode surfaces for enhanced bioelectrocatalysis. These biocatalysts include
microbial cells, organelles (mitochondria and thylakoid membranes), redox proteins,
and oxidoreductase enzymes. We design electrode structures for enhanced flux at electrode
surfaces for biosensor and biofuel cell applications. The group utilizes a variety
of electroanalytical techniques (linear polarization, cyclic voltammetry, differential
pulse voltammetry, differential pulse amperometry), as well as a variety of biological
and spectroscopic techniques to accomplish these goals.
Minteer group website
Porter groups aims at developing innovations central to the discovery and rapid screening
of promising therapeutic compounds, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and biocatalysts.
By creating high-throughput methods and miniaturizing analytical instrumentation,
we are examining issues related, for example, to: (1) micro- and nanoelectronic and
magnetic devices, (2) biosignatures for health and security, (3) chip-scale diagnostic
platforms, and (4) chemical interaction databases.
Porter group website
The Shumaker-Parry group investigates novel nanomaterials for catalysis, photovoltaics,
spectroscopy, and chemical and biological sensing through interdisciplinary research.
Our approaches focus on nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanostructure fabrication,
interfacial chemical analysis, and studies of physical properties of the nanomaterials.
We use a wide range of materials characterization and spectroscopy tools depending
on the scientific question under investigation. Our research emphasizes both fundamental
investigations to elucidate material properties, including interfacial chemistry,
as well as applications of the materials to meet challenging problems from catalysis
to medically-relevant assays for diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis.
Shumaker-Parry group website
The White group is an interdisciplinary team that applies principles grounded in electrochemistry
to advance understanding of a wide variety of physical systems. Systems currently
investigated within the group span the physical, analytical and biological sciences.
These include nano-pore/pipette based sensing, measuring and delivery of nanoscale
particles; protein ion channel electrical measurements of nucleic acids; theoretical
and electrochemical scanned probe investigations of solid-state batteries; experimental
measurements and theoretical analysis of ionic transport in confined geometries; and
fundamental studies of electrochemically generated nanobubbles.
White group website
Current research in Zharov group is divided between three main areas: (1) functional
membrane materials for energy and separations, (2) functional nanoparticles for biomedical
applications and catalysis, and (3) nanoconfinement effects on chemical reactivity
and on physical properties of hydrocarbons. Within these areas, the following projects
are ongoing: (1) self-assembly of polymer brush nanoparticles into porous supercrystals,
(2) ion-conducting membranes from self-assembly of polymer brush nanoparticles, (3)
tailoring the nanoenvironment of diamond-supported noble metal nanoparticles for control
of catalysis, (4) degradable silica nanoparticles, (5) investigation of nanoconfinement
effect on reactivity of aryl cyanate esters, and (6) fluid-solid interactions inside
Zharov group website