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Program Highlights for year 2015

Lens of the Market Research2Innovation Workshop

In October 2014, RT-MRSEC co-sponsored a “Research2Innovation” one-day workshop at Duke University, as part of Lens of the Market, a three-stage training program to provide scientists and engineers with the full range of knowledge required for successful translation of their research into commercial ventures.

Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal Becomes a Reality

Terminator 2 is widely remembered for its metal shape-shifting villain. Impervious to bullets, explosives, and fire, the T-1000 robot was capable of changing shape at will. Researchers at the North Carolina State University have taken a step towards making science fiction a

Phase Transformations in Binary Colloidal Monolayers

Diffusionless martensitic transformations are a class of solid–solid phase transitions in which the crystal unit cell changes shape and internal structure, while keeping its stoichiometry constant. Because these transformations do not require long-range diffusion, they are fast and repeatable, and thus have been exploited in a number of engineeringapplications.

Self-Assembly of Oligomeric Block Copolymer Coatings for Use in Lithographic and Nanopatterning Applications

Postdoctoral research associate Li Yao (Hillmyer) has been exploring the self-assembly of oligomeric block copolymer coatings for use in lithographic and nanopatterning applications that push the current resolution limits.

Hall Effect and Near-Metallic Transport in Rubrene

This work represents the first unambiguous confirmation that very large charge densities can be achieved on the surface of organic crystals by using electrolyte gates. 

"Stars of Materials Science" at Princeton University

On March 21, 2015, Professor Bob Cava led an engaging prsentation for over 400 guests (two sessions) about the amazing properties of chemistry and materials science.

Public Lecture: “How Things Work: The Nano of Computers”

In September 2014, CRISP hosted a public lecture to school children and their parents entitled “How Things Work: The Nano of Computers” by Prof.

Using a single atomic layer to turn an insulator into a metal

By precisely controlling the surface composition of thin oxide films, films can be switched from a metal to an insulator. Atomic-scale control of the surface is achieved using molecular beams of atoms (the molecular beam epitaxy growth method).