Program Highlights for year 2013
Discovery: A class of 2D covalent organic framework made of triphenyl- metal compounds are found to be topological insulators exhibiting robust nontrivial topological edge states.
Approach: Predictive First-principles band structure and band topology calculations.
In our system, a colloidal particle (upper left (a), red) is trapped by optical tweezers (upper left (b)) as a surrounding colloidal suspension flows past. Surprisingly, long range order develops in the particle density (lower left, dark bands are regions with over-representation of particles, sigma is the particle diameter).
Using the expertise in nanoparticle synthesis and assembly built up in IRG 3, a MRSEC team comprised of members of the Jaeger and Talapin groups collaborated with Xiao-Min Lin and Jeffrey Guest at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and John Sader from the University of Melbourne to develop the first completely self-assembled nano-mechanical resonator.
Ferroelectrics comprise an important group of
materials, which are characterized by a permanent electric polarization. This
polarization can be switched which provides a possibility of using
ferroelectrics in data storage and memory devices. Typically, polarization is
switched by the application of the external electric field. Nebraska MRSEC researchers
The Nebraska MRSEC Professor/Student Pairs Program brings in a professor and a student from non-research intensive four-year institutions to conduct research with Nebraska MRSEC scientists. The goal is to offer a research experience which benefits both the participants and the MRSEC projects.
effort, spearheaded by Triangle MRSEC, we received support through the NSF-MRI program
for the purchase of Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) instrumentation.
The state-of-the-art instruments will serve the greater Research Triangle
research and education, and will be housed in Duke's Shared Materials
Instrumentation Facility (SMIF).
Printed transistors employing both the bench-mark polymer semiconductor poly(3-hexyl-thiophene) and ultra-high capacitance ion gel gate insulators exhibit unusually large hole mobilities near 1 cm2/Vs at high charge densities (0.2 holes/ring).
Developed in GEMSEC, biocombinatorially selected solid binding peptides with short (7-15) amino acid (AA) sequences can bind to atomically flat materials via molecular recognition that leads to surface diffusion, clustering and long-range ordered assembly commensurate with the underlying crystallographic solid lattice.
Molecular Biomimetics - Making materials one molecule at a time, via the Biology’s ways, allows an intricate control of nano- and microstructures that permit tailoring functional properties towards practical applicati
Semiconductor nanocrystals hold great potential for the low-cost manufacture of electronic devices.