Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
we? We're a research group in the chemistry
department at Michigan State
led by Dr.
Merlin Bruening. The group currently consists (winter 2010)
of twelve graduate
students, two undergraduate students,and one postdoctoral
What do we do? We develop new thin films for protein purification in porous supports, gas separations, membrane-based water reclamation, purification for MALDI mass spectrometry, and selective catalysis. In some cases, students spend a month or two in France or Ukraine in collaborative research. Our graduates move on to a wide range of industrial positions.
What tools do we use? We use surface infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, ellipsometry, nanofiltration, and atomic force microscopy. Whenever possible we try to exploit characterization techniques that don't require ultrahigh vacuum so we can simulate actual conditions.
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| The Bruening
group (2009): From left to right, front:
Chao Cheng, Lu Ouyang, Fei Xu, Nishotha Anuraj, David Dotzauer, Yujing
Tan, Xiaojie Dong, and Elizabeth Igrisan.
back: Guanqing Liu, Mukesh Vyas, Seth Hogg, Maneesha Adusumilli, Merlin Bruening, Weihan Wang, and Sebastian Grajales.
Our group modifies membranes
with thin films for applications such as water softening, protein and
peptide purification, and catalysis, including protein digestion.