Welcome to the Skrabalak Group

Research in the Skrabalak Laboratory aims to provide general design criteria and strategies for the rational synthesis of new nanomaterials with desirable properties. The area of nanoscience concerns itself with materials that are on the scale of one billionth of a meter. When an inorganic material is confined to this size regime in the form of nanocrystals, new and size-dependent properties often emerge. These properties can be used in new technologies with the potential to address critical social needs such as better tools for disease diagnosis and treatment and platforms for sustainable energy. Central to these new technologies is the ability to synthesize high-quality nanomaterials, where the composition, size, shape, and architecture of the nanocrystals are precisely controlled. Our research program provides general guidelines for nanomaterial synthesis by demonstrating new strategies that are connected to fundamental chemical and physical principles. These efforts are directed toward materials that are compositionally complex (and thus traditionally more challenging to achieve as high-quality samples) and toward the development of scalable routes to nanomaterials.

More details can be found by following the research link.

Latest Publication

Diffusion and Seed Shape: Intertwined Parameters in the Synthesis of Branched Metal Nanostructures READ NOW


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Congrats to former undergraduate researcher Matthew Bower whose first author paper was accepted in JPC-C! Way to go!
Congrats to grad student Becca Weiner who has been selected for an Academic Scholarship from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to support her graduate studies.
Congrats to Becca, Chris, and Mariana on the acceptance of their paper on diffusion and seed shape in ACS Nano!

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Seeking Graduate Students

The Skrabalak group is seeking highly motivated graduate students with an interest in materials chemistry. All applicants must apply directly to the program. LINK.

Undergraduate Research

Research opportunities available for undergraduates! Inquire via email. Include your resume, list of science courses completed, and gpa. Also, check out our Science Ambassadors' Program.