Materials Science and Engineering

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Koray Aydin

Investigate optical metamaterials, plasmonics, and solid-state nanophotonics to understand the interaction between light and nanoscale photonic materials and to control these interactions.

Picture: Enhanced light emission from large-area monolayer MoS2 using plasmonic nanodisk arrays.


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Cate Brinson

Advanced materials and material behavior modeling, material genome prediction, polymer and polymer nanocomposites, shape memory alloys.

Picture: The topography, adhesion, and modulus map on a PMMA/silica sample




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Robert Chang

Unconventional solar cell design, nanostructured carbon sheets, photonic crystals, amorphous semiconducting oxide, and nanostructured plasmonic materials in the infrared.



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Vinayak Dravid

Interfaces and defect phenomena in advanced materials, spatially and dimensionally confined structures and assembly, novel microscopy and analysis, synthesis, patterning and microscopy of nanostructures.

Picture: Lattice image revealing elastic strain in PbSe−2%Na.


Sossina Haile Group

Sossina Haile Group

Solar-driven thermochemical fuel production, proton conducting solid acid compounds, and solid oxide fuel cells.

Picture: Pt microelectrode array patterned onto an oxide electrolyte film.



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Mark Hersam

Scanning probe microscopy, nanomaterials processing, nanoscale and microscale devices.

Picture: Devices based on monolayer MoS2


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Lincoln Lauhon

Hierarchicalmaterials synthesis, nanostructure visualization, novel devices and functional imaging.

Picture: A Si nanowire imaged by AFM, optical microscope and scanning photocurrent microscope



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Tobin Marks

Organometallic chemistry, molecular photonics, transparent oxide, and molecular electronics.

Picture: Cross-linkable molecular hole-transporting semiconductor.




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Chad Mirkin

Anisotropic nanostructures with unique shape-dependent properties and functionalities, and organometallic chemistry.

Picture: Silver nanostructures prepared by plasmon-mediated syntheses




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Teri Odom

Materials and nanofabrication, nanophotonics and nano-optics, nanomedicine and bioimaging.

Picture:Au plasmonic oligomers on PU pyramid




John Rogers Group

John Rogers Group

Optofluidics, liquid crystals, plasmonics, metamaterials, and photonic crystals

Picture: Quasi-3D plasmonic crystals, formed by soft imprint lithography.




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John Torkelson

Polymers in nano-confined geometries, gradient copolymers, and solid-state shear pulverization.

Picture: SEM image of Lignin, a byproduct of paper and pulp industries and a sustainable, inexpensive biomaterial.


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Emily Weiss

Electronic ratchets – far-from-equilibrium systems, transporting electrons by breaking inversion symmetry.

Picture: Electronic ratchets


Acknowledgement Statement for Publications

This work utilized Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB), which is partially supported by Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource (NSF ECCS-1542205), the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NSF DMR-1720139), the State of Illinois, and Northwestern University.