Seminar Series: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

JSNN Seminar Series

Title: “Innovative Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Nanostructures, their Assembly, and Performance towards Energy Harvesting.”

Speaker: Hemali Rathnayake, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nanoscience
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Date and Time: Friday, 9/2/2016, 11:00 A.M.
Location: JSNN Auditorium

2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401


It is essential to develop novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials having both improved optoelectronic and well defined self-assembly properties. To improve the progress of organic-based devices, synthetic methods need to be developed to make well-defined three-dimensional structures with a controlled size and shape in conjunction with delicately organized self-assembly properties. Here I will discuss novel energy harvesting nanostructures derived from organic polymeric systems, organic-inorganic hybrids, metal-organic hybrid systems and their application for organic solar cells and thermoelectric devices. This work will contribute to the fundamental knowledge in this discipline by developing better synthetic methodologies, designing novel hybrid nanostructures, and fabricating low-cost, flexible energy harvesting devices.


Dr. Rathnayake obtained her Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Paul M. Lahti of UMass Amherst’s Department of Chemistry in 2007. Just after she finished her Ph.D, she joined Emrick’s Research group in Polymer Science & Engineering at UMass Amherst for her postdoctoral research experience. During her Postdoctoral period, she worked on various projects on developing new polymernanocomposites and hybrid nanostructures. In July 2009, she joined the Chemistry department at WKU as an Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor for seven years. Recently she joined Nanoscience department at UNCG to continue her materials research, which focuses energy harvesting nanostructures for solar cells and thermoelectric devices.