featured projects

nanomaterials in plasmas

Exploring plasmas as industrial scale nanomaterials manufacturing tools

plants in engineered environments

Creating materials solutions to enable a better understanding of seed germination, plant development, and soil erosion.

topological properties in nanomaterials

Exploring the extension of the "topological" properties of polymers to crystals and nanomaterials

plasmas in liquids

image by Luc Viatour

Exploring alternative uses of plasmas in chemistry and materials science

electric arcs in structured environments

Studying arcs as self-delimited plasmas in controlled environments

ordered nanocomposites

Using nanomaterials to create composites that are as well-defined as crystals

Our mission

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

what's new

HOMEs for Plants and Microbes - A Phenotyping Approach With Quantitative Control Of Signaling Between Organisms And Their Individual Environments

We demonstrate how to construct benchtop model ecosystems that provide quantitative control over the individual environments of each organism and over the mutual distance between each organism (from cm down to microns).

Calcination Does Not Remove All Carbon From Colloidal Nanocrystal Assemblies

We describe the absolute characterization of leftover carbon after calcination in a nanocrystal superlattice model system. And we show the effect of that carbon on interfacial properties. Coming soon in Nature Communications!

Building Materials From Colloidal Nanocrystal Assemblies: Molecular Control Of Solid/Solid Interfaces In Nanostructured Tetragonal ZrO2

We describe a way to program the interface composition of ligand-free nanocrystal assemblies by using ligands and plasma etching. We further show how such monolayer-level modifications drastically change the physical properties of the resulting material. Online in Chem. Mater.


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