Sarah Larsen Ph.D.
Professor Larsen has research interests in the applications of nanocrystalline zeolites to environmental remediation, decontamination and drug delivery. Her research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Office, Department of Energy and the Petroleum Research Fund.Professor Larsen has been involved in educational efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology. She has developed and taught a First Year Seminar course (Spring, 2003, Fall, 2005) entitled: Explorations in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She is involved in an NSF funded collaborative chemical education research project (with R. Larsen and N. Pienta) focused on developing nanoscience laboratory experiments for undergraduate chemistry courses (for both science and nonscience majors). Professor Larsen has also been active in a Communicating Science to the Public Initiative at the University of Iowa. As part of this initiative, she implemented a communicating science module into an upper level undergraduate chemistry laboratory course in Fall 2004.
In the past three years, Professor Larsen has authored or co-authored many publications in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology including an invited chapter in the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology published by Marcell Dekker in 2004 and an invited chapter in a book entitled Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education: Issues, Trends and Future Directions (to be published by American Scientific Publishers in 2006). Professor Larsen currently serves as the associate director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa and on the executive committees of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination both at the University of Iowa.
Professor Larsen has research interests in the applications of nanocrystalline zeolites to environmental remediation, decontamination and drug delivery. Research projects in each of these areas are listed below.
NER: Self-Assembly of Nanostructures in Functionalized, Hierarchical Zeolite Structures (PI; S. Larsen, co-PI: A. Salem)
Funding Source: NSF
Synthesis and Applications of Hollow Zeolite Structures
Funding Source: American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund
Enhanced Activity of Nanocrystalline Zeolites for Selective Catalytic Reduction of NOx (PI: S. Larsen, co-PI: V. H. Grassian)
Funding Source: Department of Energy, NREL
NUE: Illuminating Nanoscience with Semiconductor Quantum Dots (PI: R. Larsen, co-PI’s: S. Larsen N. Pienta)
Funding Source: NSF
Development of Nanocrystalline Zeolite Materials for the Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents (PI: V. Grassian, co-PI: S. Larsen)
Funding Source: Army
EducationSarah C. Larsen graduated from Bowdoin College (BA 1986) and Harvard University (PhD Chemistry, 1992).
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