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Dr. Milan Balaz
Associate Professor
Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

Hirsch h-index: 19

Welcome to the Balaz research group!

Our long term scientific objective is to develop methods for preparation of organic and inorganic supramolecular nanomaterials with tunable chiroptical, photonic, magnetic and non-linear optical properties. We aim to achieve profound understanding of the intermolecular interactions governing their formation and dictating properties. All of our projects are interdisciplinary.

Current research projects include:
      1. Supramolecular DNA-templated porphyrin nanostructures
      2. Organic ligand induced chiroptical inorganic nanomaterials
      3. Quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs)
      4. Enhanced circular dichroism detection of chiral biomolecules
A detailed description of all research projects can be found here.

Recent representative publications (out of total 41)

Transition metal induced switch of fluorescence and absorption response of Zn(II)porphyrin-DNA conjugate to cysteine derivatives.
Jung Kyu Choi, Gevorg Sargsyan, Breiana D. Johnson, M. Balaz*
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 15916-15922.

Supramolecular ssDNA templated porphyrin and metalloporphyrin nanoassemblies with tunable helicity.
G. Sargsyan, B. M. Leonard, J. Kubelka, M. Balaz*
Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 1878-1892.
The manuscript has been classified as Very Important Paper (VIP).
The manuscript has been highlighted on the ChemistryViews.
The manuscript has been highlighted on the Nanowerk.

Ligand Induced Circular Dichroism and Circularly Polarized Luminescence in CdSe Quantum Dots.
U. Tohgha, K. K. Deol, A. G. Porter, S. G. Bartko, J. K. Choi, B. M. Leonard, K. Varga, J. Kubelka, G. Muller,* M. Balaz*
ACS Nano., 2013, 7, 11094-11102.


We graciously acknowledge support from:

National Science Foundation Department of Energy University of Wyoming