Research Areas

1. Air Pollution Control /Energy
Controlling air pollution is a fundamental concern for both indoor and outdoor environments. The Andino group is engaged in both independent and collaborative efforts to develop new techniques and technologies for air pollution control, including control technologies that are applied to energy (e.g. carbon dioxide conversion to fuels). The work that is underway involves both fundamental laboratory and computational chemistry work coupled to applied technology device design, implementation, and testing. The group focuses primarily on understanding the chemical mechanisms and kinetics associated with controlling the pollutants of interest. 

Example papers:

Zhao, H.L., Liu, L.J., Andino, J.M., Li, Y. Bicrystalline TiO2 with Controllable Anatase/Brookite Phase Content for Enhanced CO2 Photoreduction to Fuels, .J. Materials Chemistry A., 1, 8209-8216 (2013).

L.J. Liu, H.L. Zhao, J.M. Andino, Y. Li, Photocatalytic CO2 reduction with H2O on TiO2 nanocrystals: Comparison with anatase, rutile, brookite polymorphs and exploration of surface chemistry, ACS Catalysis, 2, 1817-1828 (2012).

Q. Zhang, T. Gao, J.M. Andino, Y.Li, Copper and iodine co-modified TiO2 nanoparticles for improved activity of CO2 photoreduction with water vapor, Appl. Cat. B: Env., 257-264 (2012).

M. M. Rodriguez, X. Peng, L. Liu, Y. Li, J. M. Andino, A Density Functional Theory and Experimental Study of CO2Interaction with Brookite TiO2, 116(37), 19755-19764 (2012).

2. Atmospheric Chemistry Research

Understanding the reactions of compounds that enter the atmosphere is important in determining proper air pollution control technologies as well as improving computer predictive capabilities. The atmospheric research in the Andino group involves laboratory and computational chemistry work primarily focused on OH radical initiated reactions that lead to smog formation.

Example papers:

Gao, T, Andino, J.M. Rivera, CC, and Francisco Marquez, M. Rate Constants of the Gas-Phase Reactions of OH Radicals with  trans-2-hexenal, trans-2-octenal, and trans-2-nonenal, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 41, 483-489 (2009).

Andino, J.M. and Vivier-Bunge, A., Tropospheric Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds, Advances in Quantum Chemistry, 55, 297-310 (2008).

Johnson, D. and Andino, J.M., Laboratory Studies of the .OH-Initiated Photooxidation of Ethyl-n-Butyl Ether and Di-n-Butyl Ether, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 33, 328 (2001).

3. Air Pollutant Sensing

The development of new sensors for the detection of air pollutants is critical. The Andino group is engaged in the laboratory development of new sensors for numerous compounds of interest for different applications. The work typically undertaken involves closely coordinated laboratory and fundamental computational chemistry studies. The laboratory studies are aimed at obtaining both basic and applied sensor design parameters. These include:

(a) identifying adsorption mechanisms

(b) identifying and optimizing adsorption characteristics

(c) using fundamental computational chemistry tools to further define adsorption mechanisms

Example paper:

T. Gao, J.M. Andino, J.R. Alvarez-Idaboy, Computational and Experimental Study of the Interactions Between Ionic Liquids and Volatile Organic Compounds, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12,9830-9838 (2010).