Inorganic materials chemistry research centers on the development of a wealth of inorganic nanomaterials. These include various nanoparticle systems, thin films, fibers, and porous materials. For example, activities include the use of chemical, solution-phase strategies for the synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials having well-defined and controlled physicochemical features such as size, shape, structure, and composition. As the properties of a nanostructure are related to these parameters, their control offers a unique opportunity to maximize and optimize performance and move towards the development of nanomaterials by design. These inorganic nanomaterials have been applied in catalysis (nanocatalysis, plasmonic catalysis, photocatalysis, and electrocatalysis) and SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering) sensing. Research in thin films has been focused on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) as the most widely studied deposition method. ALD research is a balanced combination of basic and applied topics and covers all areas related to ALD: precursor synthesis and characterization, film growth and characterization, reaction mechanism studies, and the first steps of taking the processes toward applications. Other thin film deposition techniques studied include electrodeposition, SILAR (successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction), electron beam evaporation, thermal evaporation, and sol-gel. Other materials (fibers and porous materials) are prepared directly by electrospinning, electroblowing, and anodization techniques or by combining these or other templates with the thin film deposition techniques.
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