Ph.D. - Wayne State University (Physical Inorganic Chemistry)
Diplome d'Ingenieur - Ecole Superieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon, France (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)
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Metal nanoparticles are known to display unique physical and chemical properties not found in bulk metal nor metal complexes. As methods towards the preparation and manufacture of nanoparticles have advanced in the last few decades, metal nanoparticles have found a role in a range of applications that have made them prevalent in our environment. Yet the extent to which metal nanoparticles interact with living systems is still mostly unknown.
Of interest to our group are silver nanoparticles. Silver has been known since Antiquity to exhibit antimicrobial properties, and silver nanoparticles are now widely used in everyday items such as anti-odor clothing and appliances lining. Our group seeks to take advantage of the optical and electrochemical properties of these noble metal nanoparticles to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in their antimicrobial action.