The Hernández-Pagán group focuses on the synthesis and characterization of functional inorganic materials. In particular, we develop synthetic methodology to tune the size, shape, and crystal structure of known and new classes of nanomaterials. To move towards a more rational synthetic approach we use a suite of physicochemical and analytical techniques to gain in-depth mechanistic understanding of reaction pathways in these complex materials systems. Using these materials we seek to answer fundamental question relevant to (photo)catalysis, renewable energy, and environmental remediation. Interdisciplinary collaborations enhance the scope of our studies and applications.
The Hernandez- Pagan group is devoted to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our group and the department. We recognize the immense adversity faced by minority/underrepresented groups within STEM and society, and we strive to promote awareness and inclusion. Our weekly group meetings open with a moment to recognize privilege and/or adversity through discussion of current events or informative resources as we continue to become educated in DEI. We encourage our members to participate in organizations devoted to DEI such as Allies for a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity (ACID) and Leveraging Equity And Diversity (LEAD) Ally certification program. Our current group members represent communities including women, first- generation students, minorities, and veterans; as we continue to grow, we strive to welcome more researchers from diverse personal, cultural, and scientific backgrounds. Additionally, The University of Delaware is located on land that was and continues to be home to the Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape people. The Hernandez-Pagan group acknowledges the injustices done to these indigenous communities, and seeks to continually educate ourselves on the rich histories of these groups and the atrocities committed in the past.