Strouse Lab
The Florida State University | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Strouse Group Research


The research effort takes today's discoveries to tommorrow's devices by targeting the science and application of nanocrystals in four primary research areas:
Sustainability, Energy Efficency, Optical Rulers and Nano-BioMedicine.




Sustainability

Responsible Synthesis Strategies

The synthetic design team focuses on the use of microwave chemistry for the development of synthetic methodologies for sustainable, high throughput preparation of new quantum dot, metal and opical materials using industrially relevant synthetic methodologies. The use of the MW methods for nanomaterial production has been adapted by several industrial companies proving the chemistry you do today can impact society. The addition of the Explorer autosampler has allowed significantly increased throughput and systematic studies of compounds with varying reaction conditions.

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Energy Efficency

Solid State Lighting and Magnetic Materials

Innovative nanomaterials for solid state lighting (LEDs), spin electronics (spintronics, dilute magnetic semiconductors), and magnetic composites for advanced motor technology to reduce size, power demands, and improve performance.

Lighting: Using doped semiconductor nanomaterials combined with electronically active passivating ligands allows for synthesis of imporved LED fluorophore materials that cut energy cost and allow for tunibilty of lighting for commercial and domestic applications.

Magnetism: Using core-shell hard-soft magnetic materials combinations at the single domain size, unique and tunable properties can be harnessed to improve current magnetic motor technology, greatly improving clean energy efficency.

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Optical Rulers

Measuing Faster and Smaller

Development of optical based biophysical tools for temporal (picosecond), spatial (from 10's of nm to micron), and spectral (UV- NIR) elucidation of distances in biological structures from the isolated nucleic acid sequence to events within a cell, such as cellular cargo release kinetics, as well as analyte (pH, ROS, ions) detection.

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Nano-Biomedicine

Investigating and Treating Illness at the Cellular Level

Multi-functional nanomaterials are designed to interrogate the chemistry and biology of the cell, with the aim of better understanding and treating human disease states such as cancer (brain, lung, skin), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and stroke.

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