Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen
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Sarah C. Larsen, is currently a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Professor Larsen has research interests in the applications of nanocrystalline zeolites to environmental remediation, decontamination and drug delivery. Professor Larsen has expertise in synthesis, characterization and functionalization of nanocrystalline zeolites and hollow zeolite structures. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Office, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and the Petroleum Research Fund.

Professor Larsen has been involved with educational efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology. She has developed and taught a First Year Seminar course (Spring, 2008, 2009) entitled: Nanomedicine: Small Medicine with a Big Impact. She was involved in an NSF funded collaborative chemical education research project (with R. Larsen and N. Pienta) focused on developing nanoscience laboratory experiments for undergraduate chemistry courses (for both science and nonscience majors). Professor Larsen is the director of the NSF-funded REU program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UI (2008-2010). Professor Larsen is also a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

In the past three years, Professor Larsen has authored many publications in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology including an invited chapter in the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology published by Marcell Dekker in 2004 and an invited chapter in a book entitled Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education: Issues, Trends and Future Directions (to be published by American Scientific Publishers in 2008). Professor Larsen currently serves on the executive committees of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. She is past chair of the CLAS Faculty Assembly.