Facilities: Our group will employ state-of-the-art equipment, including ultrafast laser amplifiers (capable of generating pulse durations of a few 10’s of femtoseconds) to study the kinetics of charge carriers and chemical reactions over a wide range of timescales. Nanophotonic scanning probe microscopy/ AFM techniques will be used to study nanostructures and photocatalysts. In addition, we will employ a fume hood for materials synthesis, nanofabrication and nanocharacterization facilities (at Rice University and the University of Houston, and multiphysics simulation tools to predict and optimize electromagnetic and other properties!

Students interested in this research area are encouraged to take courses in solid state physics, electromagnetism, optics, (photo-)catalysis, electrochemistry, materials science, nanofabrication and nanocharacterization, (ultrafast) spectroscopy, quantum, nanophotonics, and chemical kinetics.