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), including 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 nanocrystals, 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 and photocatalysis), optics, electronics, magnetic materials and devices, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Our current research projects are:
Current research projects:
Perovskite Solar Cells
Organic−Inorganic Nanocomposites by Placing Conjugated Polymers in Intimate Contact with Quantum Dots (Rods) and Their Use in Hybrid Solar Cells
Interfacial Charge Transfer at the Quantum Dot/Metal Oxide Semiconductor Interface as well as at the Conjugated Polymer/Quantum Dot Interface
Self-Assembly of All-Conjugated Diblock Copolymers and Their Use in Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) Solar Cells
Dye- (and Quantum Dot)-Sensitized Solar Cells
Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Solar Cells Based on Earth Abundant, Environmentally Friendly Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) Nanocrystals
Upconversion Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Applications in Solar Cells
A General and Robust Strategy for Monodisperse Functional Nanocrystals (i.e., Plain, Core/Shell, Hollow and Janus Nanocrystals).
Self-Assembly in Multiferroic Nanocomposites
High Energy Density Nanocomposites Based on Ferroelectric Nanocrystals Intimately Connected with Ferroelectric Polymers
Novel Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites Composed of Magnetic Nanoparticles Permanently Tailored with Nematic Liquid Crystal Hosts and Chiral Azo Dopants
Learning from “Coffee Ring”: Ordered Structures Crafted by Controlled Evaporative Self-Assembly.
Large-Scale Nanomanufacturing of Well-Positioned, Highly Aligned DNA Wires from a Capillary Bridge
Scalable Manufacturing of Ordered Structures using Flow-Enabled Self-Assembly
Probing Mechanical Properties in Gradient Polymer Patterns Enabled by Surface Instabilities
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
Previous research projects:
Phase Behavior and Phase Separation Kinetics of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals.
Nanocomposites with Long-Range Hierarchical Order Based on Block Copolymers Embedded with Ferroelectric/Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles
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/
July 2014: Mengye's review article, entitled "Inorganic-modified semiconductor TiO2 nanotube arrays for photocatalysis", is published in Energy & Environmental Science.
May 2014: Xinchang's review article, entitled "Strictly biphasic soft and hard janus structures: synthesis, properties, and applications", is published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
May 2014: Prof. Yingkui Yang joined the group as a Visiting Scholar. Welcome.
April 2014: NanoFM graduate students Ruilong Ma and Chaowei Feng won 1st prize in the pre-qualifier participants division and 2nd prize in the polymers division, respectively, at the 2nd annual Georgia Tech Materials Science and Engineering Poster Competition – Congratulations!