Novel materials and properties: the materials genome, novel fundamental science

Belitz Lab: Research on fundamental properties of matter, including magnetism and other collective phenomena at low temperature.

Corwin Lab: The Corwin lab is directly attacking the fundamental puzzle of the glass/jamming transition.  The jamming and packing of athermal spheres is an old and rich problem. While many studies have looked at mechanical phenomena like pressure, force networks, stress, and strain, we focus on geometric properties. Specifically, we simulate spheres at a variety of packing fractions and we look at their Voronoi cells: the portion of space closest to a given particle. These cells change shape as a packing approaches jamming. We track these changes by observing their volume, surface area, and moments of inertia, which all show signatures of the transition. This new view of jamming as a purely geometric phenomena provides new insights and quantitative measurements.

Deutsch Lab: The Deutsch Lab is studying the optical properties of random aggregates of metal nanoparticles, with the aim of elucidating the role interfaces and nanoscale gaps play in determining their optical response. Applications of these materials comprise chemical sensors, random microlasers, and optical storage media.

Guenza Lab: Multiscale modeling of synthetic and biological polymer materials with engineering applications. Modeling with optimized computational flow performance.

Haley Lab: The Haley group is preparing and studying a new class of electron-accepting organic semiconductors for potential applications in electronic devices such as OFETs, OLEDs and OPVs.

Haydock: Roger Haydock is studying properties such as magnetism which arise from large scale correlations between electrons.

Jasti Lab: My group develops synthetic methods to prepare new types of graphitic materials with high structural precision.  With these novel materials in hand, we study their unique physical properties and their application in energy and biomedical technologies.

Darren Johnson Lab: The DWJ lab explores fundamental science in the context of the synthesis of topologically complex, typically self-assembled organic and inorganic molecules and materials and the investigation of their physical organic/supramolecular chemistry.

Dave Johnson Lab: The Johnson group is exploring new materials consisting of inter grown layers of two different structures, with the goal of using different constituents to optimize different properties. Where there were two known thermodynamically stable compounds, they can make over 20,000 new materials with defined structures.

McMorran Lab: We fabricate novel nanostructures that can be used to coherently manipulate matter waves. We are also investigating new magnetic materials that provide helical magnetic ordering and topological magnetic structures, with applications to data storage and spintronics.

Nazin Lab: The Nazin group investigates the connection between the chemical structure and properties of nanoscale materials and devices. We are particularly interested in real-space experimental approaches that provide spectroscopic information on the atomic and molecular scales.

Prell Lab: The Prell lab uses state-of-the-art membrane models (nanodiscs and Lipodisqs) to mimic biological membranes and study their inherent nanoscale properties.

Tyler Lab: The Tyler group is designing photochemically degradable plastics that have a tunable onset of degradation.  The group is also designing new absorbents for the purification of natural gas using a pressure swing process.

Wong Lab: The Wong lab designs in situ measurements of materials during their formation from nanoscale building blocks like molecules or nanocrystals. As the building blocks come together, their properties can change, and novel properties can emerge. By measuring these materials during formation, they will understand and control how these building blocks assemble together.