Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students- are you interested in research? The Mission Statement of the Department of Chemistry emphasizes research experience as an important part of development and learning. Read about the faculty that are interested in recruiting undergraduate students to work in their labs. Refer to the faculty directory to obtain contact information and just drop a brief email to a prospective mentor to initiate communication.


The following project list was updated in February of 2021 in response to the OURE 2021 FLYER.  For more information, please contact Dr. Risheng Wang, the OURE Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry.  Feel free to also contact the faculty listed below about any grant-funded research projects they may have during the academic year as well as over the summer. 

1. Electrode Materials for Lithium- and Sodium Ion Batteries.
2. Complex Chalcogenides as Magnetic, Thermoelectric and Super-ionic conductor materials.
3. Metallo-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Gas Storage and Catalysis.

1. Effects of water treatment on redox status of fish in commercial aquariums 
2. Whole-body effects of open-field blast injury 
3. Improving penetration of antioxidant drugs for ocular diseases
4. Investigating the link between redox status of ocular fluids and disease

1. Rubisco-inspired biomimetic CO2 sequestration from air (peptide chemistry, carbamate formation, thermodynamics, modified amino acids).
2. Multilevel theoretical approaches to studies of enzyme reaction mechanism (ONIOM, cytochrome P450, Rubisco).
3. Video-based kinetic analysis of oscillating chemical reactions and complete simulation (Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactions, dynamic approach to multi-equilibria, reaction rate constants).
4. Ferroelectric crystalline organic materials (synthesis, crystallization, supramolecular chemistry, linear and nonlinear optics, periodic boundary computations).

1. Development of analytical strategies for applications in environment, human health, and life science.
2. Aerosol nanoparticle analysis for measuring their potential impact on environment and human health.
3. Nanomaterial-enhanced biosensing system.
4. Design and self-assembly of programmable soft materials with tailored functions.

1. Fundamental Chemistry and Physics of Low-Dimensional Materials and Rational Design of their Applications.
2. Computational Modeling of Materials: from Atomistic Scale to Statistical Ensembles.

1. Biomarker for seed qualityevaluation or traumatic brain injury diagnosis.
2. Biosensor for medical application.
3. Biopolymer from bioresources

1. Developing non-enzymatic nanobiosensors for continuous health monitoring of patients with diabetes and neurodegenerative disorder.
2. Exploring water as a source of clean energy.
3. Developing a COscrubber for cleaning the environment. 

1. Organic anticorrosion coatings for aluminum and cadmium steel substrates.
2. Synthesis of high temperature stable, water-soluble crosslinking monomers.
3. Mechanical characterization of hydrated cements.

1. Synthesis of metamaterials for tunable acoustic insulation
2. Synthesis of shape memory superelastic aerogels for orthopedic casts

1. Epitaxial Electrodeposition of Transparent Semiconductors
2. Flexible Ceramics
3. Epitaxial Growth at Ordered Biointerfaces

1. Development of DNA-based targeted drug delivery for cancer therapy
2. Fabrication of bimolecular-assisted biosensing systems
3. Self-assembly of environmental responsive DNA nanostructures

1. Evaluation the filtration performance of common mask materials
2. Air quality sensor data analysis in Twin Cities, Minnesota
3. Air quality sensor calibration and deployment in underground mines
4. Chemical composition analysis of aerosols generated from electronic cigarettes

1. Optimizing the EXCEPT-12 NMR pulse sequence for solvent-signal suppression in testing alcoholic beverages.
2. NMR Relaxometry to Investigate the effectiveness of catalytic methanol production.
3. Alternating non-negative least-squares (NNLS) optimization to resolve distributions of multiple exponential decay time constants.