Research

Advancing Next-Generation Materials:  

Research interests in our group involves understanding atomic-level structure and physical properties in solids in an effort to facilitate our well-being through advanced functional materials. Our program relies extensively on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) spectroscopy to address and determine the structure of hard and soft materials ranging in applications from health to energy. As the population grows and ages across Canada and abroad, fundamental understanding in how the scientific community can improve our lives (e.g., health, food supply, energy, environment, etc.) through materials is an essential step for future generations.

Our research facility is located within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. The solid-state NMR Facility for Solids houses three high field SSNMR spectrometers (300, 400 and 500 MHz), while the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids (900 MHz) located in Canada's capital Ottawa, Ontario provides additional research support for extremely challenging materials often encountered in our research program.

Some ares of interest include nanoporous materials (e.g., zeolites, MOFs, etc.), bioinspired materials (e.g., biomineralization, phosphosilicate glass-ceramics, etc.), hybrid organic-inorganic materials (e.g., functionalized nanoparticles, sol-gel, photovoltaics, etc.) and exploring approaches to study difficult NMR nuclei in solids.