Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
||Who are we? We're a
research group in the chemistry
department at Michigan
State University led by Dr. Merlin Bruening.
The group currently consists (summer 2013) of nine
graduate students and two high school students.
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 will spend a month or two in countries such as France and Singapore doing 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 in July 2014. From left to right, front: Alexandra Malin, Weijing Liu, Jinlan Dong, Wenjing Ning, Maria Misovich, Tabitha Inna, Yan Zhu, Alexandra Barrett; back: Nicholas White, Zhefei Yang, Merlin Bruening, Yongle Pang, Elena Alemayehu, and Salinda Wijeratne.
Our group modifies
membranes with thin films for applications such as
water softening, protein and peptide purification, and
catalysis, including protein digestion.