Materials chemistry involves the use of chemistry for the design and synthesis of materials with interesting or potentially useful physical characteristics, such as magnetic, optical, structural, biological, or catalytic properties.
Ph.D. students choose from graduate classes in Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, Soft Matter Physics, Structure and Properties of Materials, Molecular Quantum Chemistry, Statistical Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Condensed Matter Physics.
The Materials Chemistry faculty members employ diverse approaches in the synthesis, characterization and applications of advanced materials.
Anne Kelley's group studies the vibrations (phonons) of semiconductor nanocrystals and how they are coupled to electronic excitations.
David Kelley's group uses ultrafast optical spectroscopy to examine the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanoparticles that have potential applications in solar energy conversion and display technologies.
Erik Menke's group fabricates and studies the photophysics of semiconductor nanowires for applications in solar energy conversion.
Andrea Merg’s group is developing synthetic methods for constructing programmable, hierarchical nanomaterials from the self-assembly of designed, molecularly engineered biopolymer building blocks.
Son Nguyen’s group studies the tunability of catalytic activities and selectivities of nanocrystal photocatalysts and their potential application in green chemistry.
Alex Noy's group studies molecular transport and signal transduction across nanoscale interfaces and develops biomimetic nanostructures that facilitate the creation of bioelectronic devices and circuits.
David Strubbe’s group uses theoretical calculations of Raman spectroscopy, phase diagrams, and optical properties to characterize materials including amorphous silicon, doped 2D materials, and hybrid metal halide perovskites.
Anand Subramaniam’s group develops new materials and characterizes mechanisms of assembly of lipids and proteins to assemble synthetic cells and drug delivery vehicles.
Tao Ye's group focuses on the measuring and controlling surfaces and interfaces, which are increasingly important as the sizes of materials scale down.
Mao, Z. ; Espinoza, R. ; Garcia, A. ; Enwright, A. ; Vang, H. ; Nguyen, S. C., "Tuning Redox Potential of Gold Nanoparticle Photocatalysts by Light," ACS Nano, 14, 7038 (2020)
Cao, H. H., Abel, G. R., Jr, Gu, Q., Gueorguieva, G.-A. V., Zhang, Y., Nanney, W. A., Provencio, E., Ye, T., "Seeding the Self-Assembly of DNA Origamis at Surfaces," ACS Nano, (2020)
David Morgan and David F. Kelley, “Exciton Localization and Radiative Lifetimes in CdSe Nanoplatelets”, J. Phys. Chem. C., 122, 25661. (2019)
Rui Tan, David F. Kelley and Anne Myers Kelley, “Resonance Hyper-Raman Scattering from CdSe and CdS Nanocrystals” J. Phys. Chem. C., 123, 16400. (2019)
Cassandra J. A. Maddux, David F. Kelley and Anne Myers Kelley, “Weak Exciton-Phonon Coupling in CdSe Nanoplatelets from Quantitative Resonance Raman Intensity Analysis,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 122, 27100. (2019)
Merg, A. D. ; van Genderen, E. ; Bazrafshan, A. ; Su, H. ; Zuo, X. ; Touponse, G. ; Blum, T. B. ; Salaita, K. ; Abrahams, J. P. ; Conticello, V. P. "Seeded Heteroepitaxial Growth of Crystallizable Collagen Triple Helices: Engineering Multifunctional Two-Dimensional Core-Shell Nanostructures". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 141, 20107-20117. (2019)
Y. Wang, G. Yu, "Conjugated polymers: From synthesis, transport properties, to device applications,” J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys., 57, 23, 2557-1558. (2019)
Merg, A. D., Touponse, G., van Genderen, E., Zuo, X., Bazrafshan, A., Blum, T., Hughes, S., Salaita, K., Abrahams, J. P., Conticello, V. P., "2D Crystal Engineering of Nanosheets Assembled from Helical Peptide Building Blocks," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 13507-13512. (2019)
Chen Lin, Ke Gong, David F. Kelley, and Anne Myers Kelley, "Electron-Phonon Coupling in CdSe/CdS Core/Shell Quantum Dots," ACS Nano 9, 8131-8141. (2015)
Chen Lin, David F. Kelley, Mikaela Rico, and Anne Myers Kelley.,"The 'surface optical' phonon in CdSe nanocrystals," ACS Nano 8, 3928-3938. (2014)
A. Noy, "Kinetic Model of Gas Transport in Carbon Nanotubes," J. Phys. Chem. C., v. 117(15), p. 7656–7660. (2013)
A. Noy, R.W. Friddle, "Practical Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy: How to determine fundamental thermodynamic parameters of intermolecular bonds with an atomic force microscope," Methods, v.60, p.142–150. (2013)