Exploring plasmas as industrial scale nanomaterials manufacturing tools
Creating materials solutions to enable a better understanding of seed germination, plant development, and soil erosion.
Exploring the extension of the "topological" properties of polymers to crystals and nanomaterials
Exploring alternative uses of plasmas in chemistry and materials science
Studying arcs as self-delimited plasmas in controlled environments
Using nanomaterials to create composites that are as well-defined as crystals
The objective of the group is to help students become independent, creative, and successful problem-solvers, scientists, and professionals.
This goal is approached by (i) pursuing inventive and meaningful research at the boundaries of disciplines, (ii) engaging students in the pursuit of technical skills as well as soft skills (e.g. leadership, time management, project management, stress reduction, communication, critical thinking), (iii) pursuing understanding, discovery, and invention.
Our latest work
Towards Bulk Syntheses Of Nanomaterials: An Homeostatically Supersaturated Synthesis Of Polymer-Like Bi2S3 Nanowires With Nearly 100% Yield And No Injection
We describe the first synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles in fully supersaturated conditions leading to high scalability, extremely high yields and high product quality. Now accepted in RSC Advances!
Interested in having an impact in materials research? Think simple! Read here the paper in Advanced Materials!!!
Sulfur In Oleylamine Is A Powerful And Versatile Etchant For Oxide, Sulfide, And Metal Colloidal Nanoparticles
We describe how the #1 sulfur precursor for colloidal nanoparticle synthesis is actually an extremely strong and versatile etchant. Accepted in PSSA
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