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Our research focus can be summarized as analytical surface-science. Nearly all of our research is based on measurements of chemical interactions with surfaces, and most of our instrumentation is specifically designed to examine interfacial phenomena. If you've ever wondered why oil spreading on water looks like a rainbow, why you can only make sand castles with wet sand, or how Rain-X® keeps your windshield so clean, you might be interested in our work. We use precice measurements of chemical behaviors to create new, fundamental understanding of these types of questions to address important challenges in environmental remediation, materials development, and energy science. 

Detailed descriptions of our research projects and some laboratory pictures can be found within this website.  If you have questions, feel free to send us an email or arrange a visit to our lab.  Follow us on Twitter @shawschem (group) or @shawchem (Prof Shaw)

Research for All

The Shaw lab holds diversity, equity, and inclusion in high regard. We accept that scientific advancement suffers without full participation from all communities and we are proactively inclusive of all people regardless of ethnicity, immigration status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or ability. We acknowledge systemic issues of biases within the physical sciences for, and against, certain groups of people. To fight this, we work within our group to create an equitable, inviting, and enjoyable environment to do good science. Through formal training and informal interactions, we are all learning how to recognize and mitigate our own biases while advocating for each other. We hope our efforts in DEI will support the needed changes within our field.  


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Departmental Events

Inorganic & Chem Ed Seminar- Alyssa Gaiser

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Chemistry Building

Organic Seminar- Prof. Tori Forbes

Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Chemistry Building

Wawzonek Lecture- Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones

Friday, April 26, 2024 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Pappajohn Business Building
Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones of University of Edinburgh Mechanisms, Molecules, Magnets The presentation will focus on the general theme of in situ mechanistic analysis, illustrating the application of isotopes and kinetics in the elucidation of structure, reactivity, selectivity, and antagonism in reactions where speculation has become accepted mechanism through citation-reinforcement. The mechanisms of reactions used in organic synthesis should ideally be studied under the conditions in which they...
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DEI Events On Campus

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ACCESS Support Group (for students with chronic physical and mental health concerns)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 3:00pm to 4:00pm
ACCESS Support Group With Marie Adams, PhD and Student Disability Services Staff The ACCESS Support Group is designed to help students experiencing chronic physical and mental health concerns have a space to experience advocacy for co-occurring conditions and to help them establish skills and support on campus. Topics can include ways to better understanding a diagnosis, learn how to embrace and communicate with others about it, how to develop and maintain any accommodations plans, how to...
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ADHD Support Group

Friday, April 26, 2024 12:00pm to 1:00pm
ADHD Support Group With Molly Rathe, LMHC Description: The ADHD Support Group is for students with ADHD to connect and talk about resources, tips/tricks/advice about managing ADHD, and share experiences of navigating college and relationships with ADHD. All ages, races, genders, and majors are welcome as a variety of identities help students connect across diverse experiences and perspectives. Students are welcome to participate as often as they would like—weekly or only during weeks that are...
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TAILgating with Drax and Wilkie

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Hubbard Park
TAILgating in the park for National Therapy Animal Day
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