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Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:inorganic chemistry, chemical warfare agents, materials science
Biography:Landry is a 1999-2003 National Science Foundation Career Award recipient. With grants from the U.S. Department of Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR), he is pursuing a project to detect and decontaminate the chemical warfare agent HD, or mustard gas, using porous inorganic materials in an environmentally benign manner. The catalyst could be used by soldiers in the field as well as to safely dispose of stockpiled mustard gas. Landry's overall research involves the design and synthesis of porous inorganic materials, with the goal of controlling both the pore structures and particle morphologies of the products. He has successfully developed methods of tailoring mesoporous inorganic oxides for specific applications in catalysis and chromatography, covering the entire range of materials synthesis and characterization. In collaboration with several industrial partners, Landry has begun to study the potential of surface-modified mesoporous silicates in high performance liquid chromatography, a technique with a wide variety of applications from the environmental analysis of toxins to the separation of biopharmaceutical compounds. In terms of catalysis, the studies on inducing crystallinity to mesoporous oxides could produce a material with superior hydrocarbon cracking ability.Among his publications is "Rapid Calcination of Nanostructured Silicate Composites by Microwave Irradiation," (Advanced Materials, 2001, co-author).