Our research is highly multidisciplinary. We integrate our solid foundations in nanomaterials chemistry and spectroscopy with fundamental concepts of physical chemistry, physics, materials science, and biomedical engineering, to address important problems within the healthcare and energy frameworks. We believe in using our knowledge and discoveries to provide solution to societal problems at the global level.
We are focusing in particular on devising improved methods for screening and stratifying cancer patients with truly quantifiable tools that integrate current histopathology approaches, or designing and building intracellular tags that can monitor how RNA viruses evolve in host cells, to aid in the design of novel vaccines. From the energy standpoint we have been interested in understanding how gold nanoparticles can improve the efficiency of photovoltaic devices, and we have recently shown that gold nanostars can catalyze water splitting and hydrogen evolution by simply absorbing solar radiation.