nanomaterials: molecular structures and devices
Nanoscience Faculty Research
Dr. daniel J.C. Herr
LaJeunesse’s research group focuses on biomimetic nanostructured materials and understanding the interactions of living systems with materials at the nanoscale, including the structural and functional properties of biomaterials, mitochondrial morphology, and muscle structure.
DR. HEMALI RATHNAYAKE
Dr. Rathnayake’s research program focuses on novel materials synthesis and nanoelectronics. Her group develops organic semiconductors and functionalized nanostructures to harvest solar energy for the production of electricity. They also explore the potential utilization of carbon-based polymeric materials for thermoelectric heat recovery from human body heat.
Nanoengineering Faculty Research
Dr. Jefferey R. Alston
Dr. Alston’s work explores the fundamental aspects of nanotextured surfaces and interfaces and the engineering application of those concepts in aerospace/propulsion systems. His work with surfaces and nanostructures ranges from designing hierachical structures on metal substrates, forming polymer nanoparticles through manipulation of interfacial tension, and engineering the wettability engineering of surfaces directly exposed to rocket nozzle exhaust.
Dr. Lifeng Zhang
Dr. Zhang’s work explores engineered materials at nanometer scale, environmental and health impacts of engineered and transformed nanomaterials, two-dimensional nanomaterials for flexible electronics, and functionalized additive manufacturing. Highlighted focuses are water treatment, energy storage, sensors, composite materials, and interface at nanomaterials and microorganisms.
Dr. Shanthi Iyer
Dr. Iyer’s current research interests are in molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth, characterization, and fabrication of GaAsSb(N) nanowire-based infrared photodetectors epitaxially integrated into Si and graphene next-generation photonic devices. This research is cross-disciplinary, encompassing solid-state physics, nanoengineering, and optoelectronic devices.