Research Projects

Over the last few decades, the concept of miniaturization has been actively explored for the development of more efficient analytical platforms. Besides microfluidic devices, a number of analytical platforms have emerged for high-throughput molecular measurements. Towards this goal, our group is dedicated to advance the understanding and applicability of microfluidic devices, nanomaterials, and electrochemical processes. We are focused on the development of integrated analytical approaches that span from highly specialized instrumentation to simple paper-based devices. Applications of these projects include the quantification of biomedically-relevant analytes, the design of biocatalysts, and the implementation of artificial intelligence to address analytical problems.

Electrophoresis and Microfluidic Devices

We are interested in developing analytical methodologies based on CE as well as the implementation of sample-pretreatment steps to improve the overall analysis. We are also interested in the the translational applications of microfluidics, the development of fabrication methods as well as the implementation of electrochemical methods for the detection at this scale.

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Paper-Derived Carbon Electrodes

Our group reported the possibility of implementing pyrolyzed paper as an active substrate for the development of detection electrodes. This material is produced via a simple manufacturing process and features competitive electrochemical activity, low cost, and the possibility to implement a wide variety of functionalization protocols.

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REU Program: IMPlanting the ResEarch Seed in Students (IMPRESS)

Our summer Undergraduate Research Program provides selected students with unique research training and professional development through an intensive ten-week summer program in the Department of Chemistry. In line with the strategic goals of the university, research opportunities will fall within two broad focus areas: Advanced Materials and Chemical Biology.