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/
March 2015: Hui's paper, entitled "An Unconventional Route to Monodisperse and Intimate Semiconducting Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites", is 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).
February 2015: A former PhD student, Dr. Myunhwan Byun, will start his new career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advanced Materials Engineering at Keimyung University, South Korea in March 2015. Congratulations, Myunghwan!!
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.