College of Letters & Sciences
Robert Hamers' studies the development and use of nanoscale materials for renewable energy, and understanding the fate and toxicity of nanomaterials in the environment. Areas of technological interest include quantum-dot and dye-sensitized solar cells, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, and electrical energy storage devices such as lithium-ion batteries. Ongoing efforts are targeted toward ultra-stable materials, such as carbon nanofibers and nanocrystalline metal oxides (TiO2, ZrO2, Fe2O3). Hamers is also interested in the environmental and biological effects of nanoscale materials and the development of environmentally benign nanotechnologies.