UConn Chemist Wins Patent for Tunable Metal Oxide Synthesis Method

University of Connecticut chemistry professor, and Director of the Institute of Materials Science, Steven Suib has been granted a US patent (9,908,103) for a new method developed with his former student Altug S. Poyraz, now an inorganic chemistry professor at Kennesaw State University. The technology is capable of synthesizing and customizing a type of compound that has unique catalytic and electronic properties.

Dr. Steven Suib with Dr. Altug Poyraz
Altug Poyraz, left, with Steven Suib, distinguished professor of chemistry. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Suib and Poyraz have patented their process for synthesizing thermally stable mesoporous transitional metal oxides. Their process also allows them to control the size of the mesopores and nano-sized crystalline walls.

Mesoporous materials have many advantages when it comes to developing materials for practical applications. They have narrow pores with a high surface area, biocompatibility, and low toxicity for use in human medical practices. They can be used for drug delivery systems, as catalysts for chemical reactions, electrodes in electrochemical energy storage for batteries, and supercapacitors, diagnostics, absorbing pollutants from water or storing gases and chromatography.  Read the full story from UConn Today