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
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
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/
September 2015: Beibei's paper, entitled "Organic-inorganic nanocomposites via placing monodisperse ferroelectric nanocrystals in direct and permanent connect with ferroelectric polymers", was accepted for publication in Journal of the American Chemical Society.
August 2015: Yingkui's paper, entitled "Graphene-Enabled Superior and Tunable Photomechanical Actuation in Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Nanocomposites", was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
August 2015: We published a paper on all inorganic “shish-kebabs”, entitled “A Versatile Strategy for Shish-Kebab-Like Multi-Heterostructured Chalcogenides and Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution”, in Journal of the American Chemical Society.
July 2015: Di's paper, entitled "Precisely Size-Tunable Magnetic/Plasmonic Core/Shell Nanoparticles with Controlled Optical Properties", was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
July 2015: Chaowei's research article, " A Versatile Strategy for Uniform Hybrid Nanoparticles and Nanocapsules ", was featured on the Cover of Polymer Chemistry.
April 2015: Songping's paper, entitled "Graphene-Containing Nanomaterials for Lithium Ion Battery", was accepted by Advanced Energy Materials.
April 2015: Bo Li, Chaowei Feng and Jaehan Jung successfully defended their PhD thesis, Congrats!
March 2015: Hui's paper, "A general route to nanocrystal kebabs periodically assembled on stretched flexible polymer shish (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500025)", was published in Science Advances.Congratulations!!! Highlighted by: Science: "Crafting organic-inorganic shish-kebabs" and Georgia Institute of Technology: "Nanoscale "worms" provide new route to nano-necklace structures".
March 2015: Mengye's research article, "One-dimensional densely aligned perovskite-decorated semiconductor heterojunctions with enhanced photocatalytic activity", was featured on the Frontispiece of Small.
March 2015: Hui's paper, entitled "An Unconventional Route to Monodisperse and Intimate Semiconducting Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
February 2015: Bo's paper, entitled "Flow-Enabled Self-Assembly of Large-Scale Aligned Nanowires" was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition and selected as Very Important Paper (VIP).