Materials Chemistry

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    The Kempa group has devised a simple, 1-pot synthesis for complex multi-component nanostructures. Photoreduction of metal-halide nanoparticles yields nanoscale dimers resulting from controlled structural symmetry breaking. The dimers support unique plasmonic properties and hold promise as efficient photo-catalytic platforms.

Our cross-disciplinary faculty are focused on the rational synthesis and characterization of new classes of organic, inorganic, and solid-state materials. Research groups are engaged in the study of electronic materials spanning molecular, 1-d, 2-d and bulk regimes, Janus particles, porous materials for energy storage, nanomaterial growth, cluster assembled materials, and conductive polymers. Opportunities for basic and applied research abound in areas including: catalysis, solar energy conversion, environmental remediation, optical and quantum computing, multiscale modeling of structure and dynamics, and biological imaging, sensing and repair.

Groups: Bowen, Bragg, Fairbrother, Hernandez, Kempa, Klausen, McQueen, Thoi, Tovar