Dr. Lauren Greenlee
Synthesis, characterization, and testing of non-precious metal and metal oxide nanocatalsyts for applications in the following: water treatment, electrochemical energy conversion, and agriculture.
Water Treatment: Dr. Greenlee’s lab synthesizes iron-based bimetallic nanoparticles and nanoparticle-carbon composite materials for reactive degradation of water contaminants. Reactive nanoparticles can be used to reductively degrade halogenated organics, oxidize pharmaceuticals and pesticides, and change the oxidation state of heavy metals. Both reaction and adsorption mechanisms can occur during contaminant removal.
Energy: Dr. Greenlee’s lab is interested in improving the performance of non-precious metal oxide and hydroxide nanocatalysts for electrochemical reactions such as the oxygen evolution reaction. The group focuses on alkaline electrochemistry and work to understand how nanocatalyst synthesis parameters can be controlled to obtain specific catalyst composition, phase, and morphology. They evaluate catalysts to understand correlations between catalyst properties and performan
Agriculture: Dr. Greenlee’s research group investigates engineering solutions to challenges in agriculture related to nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient cycles. They currently are developing catalyst materials for the electrochemical reduction of nitrogen to ammonia and are interested in improving water treatment and nutrient recycling through electrochemistry.
Dr. Donald K Roper
Electromagnetic Interactions with nano-scale architectures for applications in the following: healthcare, energy, and the environment