Professor Frank Zamborini is currently a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry and member of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville. One area of research is focused on using anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) to analyze metal nanoparticles. His group has discovered that this electrochemical technique is highly sensitive to nanoparticle size, aggregation state, and the environment of single component metal nanoparticles and to the composition and atomic arrangement of multi-metal nanoparticles. The technique is also useful for analyzing nanoparticle transformations during a variety of chemical or electrochemical reactions, providing a wealth of fundamental information about the electrochemical and chemical size-dependent properties and reactivity of metal nanoparticles. This is very important for obtaining a better understanding of the stability and catalytic activity of metal nanoparticles. The Zamborini group has also developed an electrophoretic deposition method that allows size-selective deposition of metal nanoparticles, which could find use in the fabrication of electrodes loaded with highly active metal electrocatalysts. His group has also worked in the area of photovoltaics, where they improved the stability of dye-sensitized solar cells by covalently linking dye molecules to a titania surface and improved the efficiency by incorporating rare earth metal oxides into the mesoporous titania film. Other projects of interest involve the use of metal nanostructures for molecular detection by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and localized surface plasmon resonance sensing and the electrochemical fabrication of one-dimensional nanowires and nanochains for resistive switching based memory devices.
Professor Zamborini earned a B.S. degree from Carthage College in 1993 and his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. He performed postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1998 until he joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 2001. He has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the Department of Energy, and the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation. He has close to 60 peer reviewed journal publications, almost 90 invited lectures, and 4 patents. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Physical Chemistry and was a past member of the board of directors for the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. In 2017, he received the A&S Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity at the University of Louisville.