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    The NCATS-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) aims to integrate and leverage the rich array of resources of its partner institutions and New York City’s diverse communities in order to move research findings from bench to bedside, and then into effective health care practice. More

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    Request for Small Grants Program Applications 2015

    The RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) is a national consortium of basic, behavioral, clinical and translational researchers in the RCMI Centers, working in collaboration with investigators from other academic health centers, community health providers, and the public to focus their collective efforts on addressing health disparities. More


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    The National Institute of Drug Abuse funded Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Drug Abuse/Addiction and Neuroscience (SPUR-DAN) offers undergraduates hands-on research experience in drug abuse/addiction and neuroscience. More

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    Our calendar posts upcoming events sponsored by the CTBR, Hunter College, the RTRN, and the CTSC that are happening locally, nationally, and virtually. More

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Research Highlight

From Dr. Hiroshi Matsui's Lab:

A variety of metal nanoparticles have been fabricated in various shapes previously due to their significant applications in catalysis, plasmonics, electronics, and medicine, however rational synthesis of nanoparticles in the size of < 10 nm in specific shapes is a technical challenge in Nanotechnology. The shape-controlled synthesis of nanoparticles traditionally involves kinetic growth around seed surfaces. Here, the Hunter team was able to fabricate the smaller nanoparticles via thermodynamic driven etching in reverse micelle reactors, yielding monodisperse hollow nanoparticles with concave frameworks and sharp edges. Pd nanocages, produced by this method, performs as best catalysts among other nanoparticles in different shapes for industrially important Suzuki-coupling reactions due to high metal atom exposure at kinks and edges of NPs. Since this shape-controlled nanoparticle fabrication methodology is applicable to a variety of metal compounds, it can be applicable to produce various important catalysts by cheap metals, a sustainable approach for future alternative catalyst production. Published in Nature Communucation (DOI:10.1038/ncomms4870) in May 2014.


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