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Welcome to The Lin Research Group in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Our research focuses on nanostructured functional materials (NanoFM). Major research thrusts in this area include materials for energy conversion and energy storage; wholly-soft polymeric materials synthesis for novel nanocomposites design; wholly-hard inorganic materials synthesis for novel nanocomposites design; novel hybrid (hard/soft) nanocomposite materials design and synthesis; materials characterization; and nanoscale assembly.


An extensive list of materials currently under investigation includes polymer-based nanocomposites, block copolymers, polymer blends, conjugated polymers, quantum dots (rods, tetrapods, wires), magnetic nanocrystals, metallic nanocrystals, semiconductor metal oxide nanocrystals, ferroelectric nanocrystals, multiferroic nanocrystals, upconversion nanocrystals, thermoelectric nancrystals, core/shell nanoparticles (nanorods), hollow nanocrystals, Janus nanocrystals, nanopores, nanotubes, hierarchically structured and assembled materials, and semiconductor organic-inorganic nanohybrids.


The goal of our research is to understand the fundamentals of these nanostructured materials. We intend to create these nanostructures in a precisely controllable manner and to exploit the structure-property relationships in the development of multifunctional materials for potential use in energy conversion (e.g., solar cells, photocatalysis, and hydrogen generation) and storage (e.g., batteries), electronics, optics, optoelectronics, magnetic materials and devices, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Our current research projects are:


Current research projects:

A General and Robust Strategy for Monodisperse Functional Nanocrystals (i.e., Plain, Core/Shell, Hollow and Janus Nanocrystals)

Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

Materials for Energy Storage (Li-ion Batteries)

Materials for H2 Generation and Photocatalysis

Materials for Thermoelectrics

Self-Assembly of Polymers and Nanocrystals

Functional Nanocomposites

Synthesis, Characterization and Self-Assembly of Nonlinear Functional Homopolymers and Block Copolymers via a Combination of Living Polymerizations (e.g., ATRP and RAFT) and Click Reaction

Functional Nanomaterials


For more details, go to Research



Georgia Tech MSE faculty webpage: http://mse.gatech.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/zhiqun-lin
The Lin research group webpage: http://nanofm.mse.gatech.edu/

Georgia Tech MSE webpage: http://mse.gatech.edu/

Georgia Tech webpage: http://www.gatech.edu/


Group News


August 2017: We welcome new visiting PhD student Cynthia Gomez, visiting scholars Dr. Bing Wang and Dr. Meng Zhang in joining our group.


August 2017: We published a new book "Polymer-Engineered Nanostructures for Advanced Energy Applications". (Springer 2017; ISBN 978-3-319-57002-0)


August 2017: Yanjie’s paper, entitled "Unconventional route to uniform hollow semiconducting nanoparticles with tailorable dimensions, compositions, surface chemistry and near-infrared absorption", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (as a VIP)


August 2017: Xiao’s paper, entitled "Functional Nanoparticles Enabled by Block Copolymer Templates: from Precision Synthesis of Block Copolymers to Properties and Applications of Nanoparticles", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


July 2017: James’s paper, entitled "A clean and simple route to soft, biocompatible nanocapsules via UV-crosslinkable azido-hyperbranched polyglycerol", was accepted by Macromolecules.


June 2017: Ming’s paper, entitled "Meniscus-Assisted Solution Printing of Large-Grained Perovskite Films for High-Efficiency Solar Cells", was accepted by Nature Communications. Congratulations, Ming!


April 2017: Bo's paper, entitled "Harnessing Colloidal Crack via Flow-Enabled Self-Assembly", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (as a VIP) and featured on the Cover.



April 2017: Xun's paper, entitled "Highly Branched Metal Alloy Networks with Superior Activities for Methanol Oxidation Reaction", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.



February 2017: Xueqin's paper, entitled "Noble Metal-Metal Oxide Nanohybrids with Tailored Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion, Photocatalysis and Environmental Remediation", was published in Energy & Environmental Science and featured on the Cover.



February 2017: Beibei's paper, entitled "Polymer-Templated Formation of Polydopamine-Coated SnO2 Nanocrystals: Anodes for Cyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (as a VIP) and featured on the Cover.





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