Chemistry and Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Emily Tsui
Understanding the coordination geometry of individual surface sites in nanomaterials
This project models the FTIR spectra of organometallic fragments coordinated to the surfaces of semiconductor nanocrystals. The goal of this project is to understand the coordination geometry of individual surface sites in nanomaterials, as surface chemistry can dominate the optoelectronic properties of these materials in energy applications such as photocatalysis or in photovoltaics. In addition to the modeling work, Seryeong will be working in the lab to synthesize different nanomaterials and will synthesize new organometallic compounds to attach to their surfaces. These functionalized materials will be characterized spectroscopically.