Pore Control in Mesoporous Silica for Cargo Delivery and Sensing Applications

Seminar series
Inorganic Chemistry
Wed, May 8 4:30pm
Cram Conference Room, 3440 Mol Sci
Speaker Melissa Russell
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mesoporous silica materials can range from films to nanoparticles.  Due to the Si-OH groups on the surface of the materials they can be functionalized to control the pore openings. Some examples of these functionalizations are the attachment of polymers or molecules that serve as a pore cap. This leads to a wide variety of applications because of their ability to contain and release cargo molecules on command. They have potential macroscopic and microscopic applications such as smart coatings, biomedical implants, drug delivery systems, and sensors.