The Green Group

Department of Chemical Engineering



Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) apparatus

Optical microscope equipped with a thin gap shear cell and closed circuit camera

Turbiscan Static Light Scattering (SLS) apparatus.

Wet chemistry benchtop

Scattering of a dispersion in the DLS laser

Washing particles using a centrifuge

In addition to our lab facilities, we have access to the many resources available at UVa including:

 Nanomaterials Characterization Facility (NMCF) in the Department of Materials Science Engineering

 Elemental analysis in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) in the Department of Chemistry

 Newly opened facilities in Wilsdorf Hall for research in chemical engineering, materials science and nanotechnology

 Various centers and consortia in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Our laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to support our studies start to finish through the research process. We begin with formulation of nanoparticle dispersions. In the lab, we synthesize well-defined particles, modify their surfaces and disperse them in solvents, polymer solutions and polymer melts. Our wet lab is complete with airless chemistry capabilities.

Ultimately, we characterize the static and dynamic behavior of these complex fluid systems. We study these materials with a number of techniques including Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Static Light Scattering (SLS), rheology, visual studies, and optical microscopy.

Below are some pictures from the lab highlighting our facilities.