Faculty Advisor

Moser, William R.


The synthesis of nanostructured materials is very important due to the properties of nanostructured materials. Nanostructured materials have important applications in fields such as catalysis, electronic materials, and superconductors. Nanostructured catalysts can be synthesized using different methods such as acoustic, microwave, and hydrodynamic cavitation. The simplest method of synthesis for nanostructured materials is hydrodynamic cavitation by mechanical means. Various experiments were performed to evaluate a novel hydrodynamic cavitation synthesis equipment. The main goal was to determine if the equipment could synthesize and control the grain sizes of supported and unsupported metal oxides. Unfortunately, the new hydrodynamic cavitation synthesis equipment gave little or no change in grain sizes of synthesized nanostructured catalysts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering