The main objective of the project is to develop nanozeolites and to be used as an oxygen carrier toward treatment of hypoxic tumors. The emphasis will be on the synthesis of nanozeolites using buffers and various solvents toward preparation of biocompatible nanozeolites, followed by comprehensive characterizations.
The Post Doc will be in charge of the new synthesis of nanozeolites from colloidal precursor suspensions, followed by purification, ion-exchange and stabilization of water-clear suspensions. The properties of the nanozeolites in liquid and solid state will be characterized including chemical composition, porous architecture, size and morphology. A particular attention will be paid on the stability of the nanocrystals in different solvents and their translation to bio-objects. The pore structure, diffusion, adsorption and desorption phenomena within the zeolite nanocrystals will be studied. The optimization of the zeolite synthesis will be carried out in order to obtain materials with excellent O2 capacity and controlled diffusion.