Abstract by Dallin Arnold
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Trapping Particles in an Optical Trap
The optical trap is a relatively new way of maintaining nanoparticles suspended in the air using high-powered, focused lasers. Successful experiments of the optical trap have opened up numerous opportunities to study unique characteristics of individual particles through spectroscopy. Further research will lead to more effective catalysts and a better understanding of the mechanics of essential chemical reactions on the molecular level. Our goal is to successfully set up an optical trap in our own laboratory, and to begin running experiments on common catalysts so that we may better understand how these catalysts actually react under industrial conditions.