The Triangle MRSEC enjoys a vibrant ongoing partnership with German researchers supported through an International Graduate Research and Training Grant (IGRTG) from the DFG. A significant component of this partnership is extended graduate student exchanges.
Triangle MRSEC researchers have invented a new technology for the use of electrical voltages to dynamically generate various patterns on curved surfaces and over large areas, such as the surfaces of gloves.
MRSEC postdoc, Dr. Kermin Martínez-Hernández; Visiting Scholar, Sandy Sine; and former MRSEC RET participant, Troy Dassler organized a workshop “Integrating cutting-edge nanotechnology into the inquiry-based learning experience.” This was part of the professional development workshop prepared for Middle Year’s Science
Molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse grain model are used to explore the morphology of thermotropic liquid crystal nanodroplets. The characteristic length of the droplets is such that different contributions to the energy, including interfacial and bulk-like terms, have comparable magnitudes.
IRG 3 has examined the orientational ordering of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) supported on organized monolayers of dipeptides with the goal of understanding how peptide-based interfaces encode intermolecular interactions that are amplified into supramolecular ordering.
In the last ten years, two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy has become an important technique for studying molecular structures and dynamics. We report the implementation of heterodyne detected two-dimensional sum-frequency generation (HD 2D SFG)
Objective: To develop nanofabrication capabilities that will allow for writing structures as small as ~10 nm.
Approach: Use MRSEC funds provided by the State of Utah to purchase state-of-the-art nanofabrication capabilities to expand existing materials research capabilities.
On-chip optical modulation is one of the most important functionalities for integrated silicon photonic circuits. We demonstrate that sputter-deposited polycrystalline metallic thin films are promising materials for realizing ultra-low power modulators.
On March 22, 2012, CRISP, in collaboration with Yale's Science Pathways, hosted a public lecture in support of the 2012 NanoDays national outreach campaign. IRG2 leader Jan Schroers gave a talk entitled, Strong as Steel, but Pliable as Plastic: Metals Conquering the Nanoworld. Hands-on demonstrations for students were provided by CRISP researchers.