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Clarkson University Doctoral Student Wins Travel Grant for International Conference on Electrochemistry
A Clarkson University chemistry doctoral student has won a travel grant from the Electrochemical Society (ECS) to attend the biannual ECS Meeting in October in Phoenix, Ariz.
Anahita Karimi of Iran is researching nano-impact electrochemistry to develop a new technique for the detection and characterization of nanoparticles. Karimi, whose advisor is Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Silvana Andreescu, said this method has demonstrated significant promise for studying nanoparticle properties, including nanoparticle coating, size and shape, and catalytic activity. This approach can be used as a cost-effective alternative to microscopic and spectroscopic techniques.
Her research describes the development of an electroanalytical collision technique to characterize the fundamental surface properties, functionalization and redox reactivity of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.
The method can be used to screen nanoparticles before their implementation in practical applications. It can also be used in environmental monitoring to detect the release of particles and study the interaction of nanoparticles with various components of the environment.
Additionally, the group is exploring a way to use this method to evaluate biomolecular interactions, which will extend the capabilities of this approach to biology and medicine.
"We are planning an assessment of biomolecule-functionalized nanoparticles for monitoring bio-recognition events at single particle surfaces for application in sensing," Karimi said.
The ECS Meeting blends electrochemical and solid-state science and technology, serving as a major forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary research. Scientists, engineers, and industry leaders come from around the world to attend the technical symposia, poster sessions, panel discussions, professional development workshops, the Electrochemical Energy Summit, and networking and social events offered throughout the course of each meeting.
Karimi said she is looking forward to delivering an oral presentation at the ECS Meeting.
"This conference is a big opportunity for me to communicate my research and excitement for electrochemistry and to meet and discuss with renowned world electrochemists," Karimi said.
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