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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


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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


January 2015: Xukai's article, "Ab initio simulation of charge transfer at the semiconductor quantum dot/TiO2 interface in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells", was featured on the Cover of Particle and Particle Systems Characterization.


December 2014: Dr. Lin becomes a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Congratulations!


December 2014: We welcome new PhD students Zewei Wang (MSE) and John Findley (ChBE) to join the group. Welcome.


November 2014: Chaowei's Chem. Mater. paper, "Crafting unimolecular nanocapsules from photo-crosslinkable core-shell star-like block copolymer" was highlighted by ACS Noteworthy Chemistry. [Link]




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