Who are we?
We're a research group led by Professor Merlin Bruening at the University of Notre Dame. The group currently consists of six graduate students, two postdoctoral scholars, and two undergraduate students. Graduate student may come from either the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering or the Department of Chemistry.
What do we do?
We develop new thin films for protein purification in porous supports, membrane-based water reclamation, ion separations, and controlled digestion for antibody characterization. Our graduates move on to a wide range of industrial positions in pharmaceutical and chemical companies.
What tools do we use?
We use surface infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, electrodialysis, ellipsometry, and nanofiltration. Whenever possible we try to exploit characterization techniques that don't require ultrahigh vacuum so we can simulate actual conditions.
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