Richard Laine


2114 HH Dow

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Current Projects

Advanced Silesquioxane Research Program
Sponsor: Department of Energy (DOE), Mayaterials

Our objective in this work is to develop synthesis-processing relationships for silsesquioxanes (SQs) [(RSiO1.5)8,10,12] materials with the goal of learning to predict, control and tailor materialsÕ properties one nanometer at a time. These materials can be made by sol-gel methods...

Hybrid Materials with Controlled Properties for Photophysical Applications
Sponsor: Department of Energy (DOE), Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC)

Most common organic solar cells use materials, which are composed mainly of expensive organic polymeric compounds such as P3HT and PCBM. Our goal is to synthesize silsesquioxane (SQ) nanostructures that contain functionality similar to those organic compounds, while increasing...

Gas Phase Combustion Synthesis of Nanopowders, Modeling, and Processing Duplex Microstructures
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Liquid feed-flame spray pyrolysis (LF-FSP) uses inexpensive metalloorganic precursors to produce ultrafine metal oxide and mixed-metal oxide powders. The versatility and scalability of LF-FSP makes it an attractive technology for synthesizing large quantities of nanopowders for uses ranging from transparent...

Investigation of Mixed-Metal Oxides and Oxynitride Interfaces for Improved Photocatalysis
Sponsor: University of Michigan MCubed

Recent efforts involve nitriding metal oxide and mixed-metal oxide nanopowders using a fluidized bed reactor (FBR) at temperatures of 600-1000 °C under NH 3 flow. The nanopowders were produced by Liquid-Feed Flame Spray Pyrolysis (LF-FSP). Reaction conditions in the FBR...

Thermoplastic Extrusion of Ceramic Preforms for Transparent Lasing Media
Sponsor: Department of Defense (DOD, Joint Technology Office)

Thermoplastic/nanopowder extrusion techniques developed in the Laine group for production of transparent ceramics are ideal for creating near net-shape ceramic monoliths. Extrusion pro-vides low-cost polycrystalline preforms that can then be drawn to single-crystal fiber lasers through laser-heated pedestal growth (LHPG)...

Synthesis of High Surface Area Silsesquioxane (SQ) Gels Toward Low k Dielectric Films
Sponsor: Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR

Energy storage and catalysis is of great importance to solving our energy problems of today and in the future. Silsesquioxanes (SQs) as nanostructured materials have a wide range of potential applications including low-k dielectrics, drug delivery, hydrogen storage, and catalyst...