This interdisciplinary project will incorporate the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. However the project is specifically housed within the Hope College Department of Physics.
Nanostructured materials have a number of interesting properties such as high surface area and enhanced reactivity. As a result, they have potential applications in such wide ranging technologies as sensors, magnetic storage media, and catalysis.
In this project, we will study catalytically active nanoporous metal alloys. We will fabricate these materials using electrochemistry and characterize their structure, elemental composition and reactivity. Students and will learn to use and to interpret data from a number of different analysis tools. Structural and elemental analysis will be performed using the College’s scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy attachment and scanning probe microscope. The catalytic behavior of the materials will be measured using electrochemical techniques.