Monodisperse:           a polymer that has only one molecular mass


Nanoparticles:           small particles the size of nanometers


Digestive ripening:    heating a colloidal suspension at or near the solvent boiling point in the presence of a surface-active ligand


Ligand:                          either an atom, ion, or molecule that bonds to a central metal, generally involving formal donation of one or more of its electrons



Colloid:                         mixture where one substance is dispersed evenly throughout another


SMAD:                           Solvated Metal Atom Dispersion system that was developed by Dr. Klabunde to synthesize materials