Multiphase Reaction

Engineering nanoparticle shape and reaction rates: Multiscale modeling, simulation and applications

Nanoparticles show new and interesting properties different from bulk materials due to their extremely small size (diameter), large specific surface area and spatial anisotropy. It is thus critical to understand the variables that control its synthesis, leading to a desired application. Control of mean nanoparticle size, particle size distribution and specially, anisotropic particle shapes - like cylindrical nanorods, is the first step in many of these applications, involving enhanced adsorption and reaction rates.