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Exploring Nanopores:

Drug Delivery, Diagnostic Imaging and Chemical Separations

Lei Geng

Department of Chemistry

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute

University of Iowa

2:30 p.m. Friday, October 31

Bruner 267

Nanoporous particles have found tremendous applications in biomedicine and chemistry as a result of their unique properties at nanometer dimensions.  Using silica particles, we are exploring approaches to constructing tissue phantoms for diagnostic imaging, designing novel vehicles for drug delivery, and improving methodologies for chemical separations.  These chemical and biomedical developments are guided by the insights and fundamental understanding of molecular transport inside the nanopores that we garnered from confocal imaging.  In this talk, we will present the development of microscopic methodology for probing nanotransport, and the new ideas in constructing standards for diagnostic imaging, drug delivery and chemical separations.

UNK Faculty and Students Give Thirteen Presentations at the 48th ACS (Fall, 2013 - Oct 16 to 19) Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO
  • “ Excimer-monomer Switch: A New Method for Selective Measurement of Fluoride” Qiao Song, Dr. Haishi Cao
  • “Cooperative catalysis using Lewis acids and NHCs in biodiesel synthesis,” Hector Palencia
  • "g-Cyclodextrin mediated cross-photocycloaddition of alkenes in the solid-state"Aspen R Clements, Mahesh Pattabiraman
  • "Students develop an inquiry-based experiment for the biochemistry teaching laboratory" Tara E. Bjorklund, Emily P. Edwards, Amanda M. Glass
  • “Investigations into the individual nickel binding sites of the metallochaperone SlyD" Amanda M. Glass, Zachary R. Porter
  • "Characterization and engineering of a more stable ascorbate peroxidase from Panicum virgatum L" Jayne McGovern, Frank A Kovacs, Paul Twigg
  • "Comparing nickel binding in a metal binding protein with and without attached His6 tag" Zachary R. Porter, Amanda M. Glass
  • "Kinetics of gold nanoparticle synthesis monitored by Raman spectroscopy" Bethany A. Lueck, Christopher L. Exstrom, Scott A. Darveau
  • "Synthesis and mecanistic studies of new N-heterocyclic carbenes as organocatalysts" Murbach D Reed, Hector Palencia
  • "A well-defined NHC-Pd[Allyl] complex for the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of aryl chlorides and bromides" Hector Palencia, Noah C. Broekemier, Noland W. Broekemier, Randall T. Short
  • “A Novel Fluorescent Approach for Detection of Fluoride in Aqueous Media with High Affinity” Angela Bamseberger, Haishi Cao
  • "Development of fluoride sensor based on desilylation reaction" Lingyun Yang, Dr. Haishi Cao
  • "Effect of the structure of N-heterocyclic carbenes on their catalytic activity as organocatalysts" Noah C Broekemier, Assistant Professor Hector Palencia

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