CHE 600

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Chemistry 600 Engineered Nanomaterials and Biomaterials in Energy Conversion Instructor:

Assistant Professor Mathew M. Maye Office: 4-014D CST Phone: 443-2146 Email:


Tues & Thurs 11:00-12:20, LSC 200

Office Hrs:

By appointment.




Literature examples and textbook chapters, to be provided.


This course focuses on state of the art inorganic materials and biomaterials that are currently being employed and tested in energy-conversion, -storage, and – transfer applications. We will focus our attention on the idea of harnessing the tailorable nanoscale properties of metallic, magnetic, and semiconductive nanomaterials for catalysis, photovoltaics & optics; and then explore the potential of using genetically engineered biomaterials for abiotic applications, such as in Li-ion batteries. We’ll discuss these materials in terms of their; synthesis, functionalization, and assembly, as well as the critical instrumental techniques and approaches required to understand these nanoscale phenomena.

Prerequisites: Interest in nanoscience and energy conversion Grading:

The grading for CHE 600 will be based on class participation (20%), a presentation (40%) and a paper (40%). The presentation should be 15-20 minutes long, and should focus on the student’s interests (refined to contain a nano & energy component) with recent examples from the literature.* The final paper should be 7 pages long, have at least 10 references, and be written in “ACS style” within an ACS Journal template. It is encouraged that you base both the paper and presentation on the same topics, and can be loosely based on your research.

Important Dates:

February 12: Paper and Presentation topics due. March 17 & 19: Individual Discussions on Papers March 24-April 23: Presentations April 28: Papers Due

*Papers & Presentations: The paper and presentation should be based on a literature review of a nano-topic that interests you. This material should have a potential in energy conversion. Both the presentations and papers should have both a synthesis and characterization component. Also, you should “propose” how you would alter the experimental conditions, or other condtions to improve the materials functionality. Please see Prof. Maye by Feb 12 for approval of subjects, and to avoid duplications. The reviews should be 7 pages (including graphics), double spaced


with cited references, and written in ACS style. References do not count in page count. Students are encouraged to review subjects of their own interest, and are encouraged to browse the journals; Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Accounts of Chemical Research, Chemical Reviews, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Materials Chemistry, etc. **Students with any type of disability who may need special consideration or accommodations are encouraged to discuss their concerns with Prof. Maye right away to make arrangements. General Classroom Guidelines: Students are encouraged to participate in class lectures. If you are interested in an area not covered, please bring it to our attention and we can work it into the schedule. Approximate Course Outlines:

Week 1

Dates Jan 13, 15

Topic Introduction

Reading See Literature Handout


Jan 20, 22

Energy Science and Nano

See Literature Handout


Jan 27, 29

Classes of Nanomaterials

See Literature Handout


Feb 3, 5

Fuel Cell Catalysis

See Literature Handout


Feb 10, 12

See Literature Handout


Feb 17, 19

Photovoltaics * Paper topics due (2/12) Bio-inspired Energy


Feb 24, 26

Lightweight nano-composites

See Literature Handout


Mar 3, 5


See Literature Handout


Mar 10, 12


No Classes


Mar 17, 19

Batteries & Thermoelectrics

See Literature Handout


Mar 24, 26

Paper Discussions

Student Meetings


Mar 31, Apr 2


Class Presentations


Apr 7, 9


Class Presentations


Apr 14, 16


Class Presentations


Apr 21, 23


Class Presentations


Apr 28

Papers Due


See Literature Handout