Five-Dimensional Nanoscale Imaging of Chemical Reactions
This research proposal seeks to investigate how nanomaterials, small pieces of metal about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, behave when you shine light onto them. This is important because research has shown certain types of nanomaterials can be excellent catalysts for chemical reactions when illuminated with light. However, we still do not know how exactly how this works. In this proposal, we will use simultaneous optical and electron microscopy to image individual nanoparticles and characterize how molecules reaction on their surface which will be able to teach us about how they can be optimized for chemical reactions of industrial and societal importance. The techniques developed in this proposal will allow us to visualize how chemical reactions proceed on nanoparticles and directly correlate chemical reactivity to spatial selectivity on the nanoscale for the first time.
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