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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 nanocrystals, 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






Perovskite Quantum Dots for Sensing, Lasing, and LEDs







Flow-Enabled Self-Assembly (FESA)





Functional Nanomaterials






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






For more details, go to Research






Representative Publications:


M. He, B. Li, X. Cui, B. Jiang, Y. He, Y. Chen, D. O’Neil, P. Szymanski, M. A. EI-Sayed, J. Huang, and Z. Lin*, "Meniscus-Assisted Solution Printing of Large-Grained Perovskite Films for High-Efficiency Solar Cells”, Nature Communications. 8, 16045 (2017).[PDF].



Y. Chen, D. Yang, Y. J. Yoon, X. Pang, Z. Wang, J. Jung, Y. He, Y. W. Harn, M. He, S. Zhang, G. Zhang*, and Z. Lin*, "Hairy Uniform Permanently-Ligated Hollow Nanoparticles with Precise Dimension Control and Tunable Optical Properties”, Journal of the American Chemical Society. 139, 12956 (2017).[PDF].



B. Li, B. Jiang, W. Han, M. He, X. Li, W. Wang, S. Hong, M. Byun, S. Lin, and Z. Lin*, "Harnessing Colloidal Crack via Flow-Enabled Self-Assembly”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 56, 4554 (2017).[PDF]. (selected as a Very Important Paper (VIP); featured on the Cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition)



X. Pang, Y. He, J. Jung, and Z. Lin*, "1D Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimension, Composition and Architecture”, Science. 353, 1268 (2016). [Abstract][Reprint][Full text].



H. Xu, Y. Xu, X. Pang, Y. He, J. Jung, H. Xia, and Z. Lin*, "A general route to nanocrystal kebabs periodically assembled on stretched flexible polymer shish”, Science Advances. 1, e1500025 (2015).[PDF].



B. Jiang, X. Pang, B. Li, and Z. Lin*, "Organic-inorganic nanocomposites via placing monodisperse ferroelectric nanocrystals in direct and permanent connect with ferroelectric polymers”, Journal of the American Chemical Society. 137, 11760 (2015).[PDF].


X. Pang, L. Zhao, W. Han, X. Xin, and Z. Lin*, "A general and robust strategy for the synthesis of nearly monodisperse colloidal nanocrystals”, Nature Nanotechnology, 8, 426 (2013).[PDF]





For more details, go to Publications




Georgia Tech MSE faculty webpage: http://www.mse.gatech.edu/people/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


September 2018: We welcome new visiting students Likun Gao, Chuntao Lan, Dingfeng Shen, and Jiabin Qi in joining our group.


August 2018: Zewei received the Christopher Sanders Endowment Fellowship amd Yue Wei received the Jewell Family Endowment Fellowship. Congrats!


August 2018: We welcome new PhD students Mingyue Zhang and Chris Sewell in joining our group.


August 2018: Xiangtong’s paper, entitled "Cascade charge transfer enabled by incorporating edge-enriched graphene nanoribbons for mesostructured perovskite solar cells with enhanced performance", was published in Nano Energy.


June 2018: Young Jun won the Best Poster Award (1st Place) at NGRPC (National Graduate Research Polymer Conference) at the University of Minnesota. Congrats! (Highlighted by: [Georgia Institute of Technology])


June 2018: We published a paper entitled “Unravelling Correlation between Charge Mobility and Cocrystallization in Rod-Rod Block Copolymer for High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors”, in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (selected as Very Important Paper (VIP))


June 2018: We published a paper entitled “Robust SnO2-x Nanoparticle-Impregnated Carbon Nanofibers with Outstanding Electrochemical Performance for Advanced Sodium-ion Batteries”, in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (selected as Hot Paper; featured on the Cover)



June 2018: We published a paper entitled “Crafting MoC2-doped Bimetallic Alloy Nanoparticles Encapsulated within N-doped Graphene as Roust Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting”, in Nano Energy and featured on its Cover).



April 2018: We welcome new Postdoc Zili Li in joining our group.


April 2018: Xiangtong’s paper, entitled "Scrutinizing defects and defect density of selenium-doped graphene for high-efficiency triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cell", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


April 2018: Yuekun’s paper, entitled “Graphene aerogels for efficient energy storage and conversion”, was featured on the Cover of Energy & Environmental Science.



April 2018: Youngjun won the first place (nanomaterial catagory) and James won the second place (polymer catagory) in the annual MSE poster competition. Congrats!


April 2018: We published a new book "Multifunctional Photocatalytic Materials for Energy" Elsevier, Oxford, UK (2018) (ISBN: 9780081019771)


February 2018: Yihuang’s paper, entitled "Light-Enabled Reversible Self-Assembly and Tunable Optical Properties of Stable Hairy Nanoparticles", was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United State of America. Congratulations, Yihuang! See news release by Georgia Institute of Technology. It was also featured on the NSF website!


February 2018: Wei Wang’s paper, entitled "Light-Driven Shape-Memory Porous Films with Precisely Controlled Dimensions", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (as a VIP)


February 2018: We published a paper entitled “Graphene aerogels for efficient energy storage and conversion”, in Energy & Environmental Science.


January 2018: Xiaodan and Meidan’s paper, entitled "Needle-leaf-like Cu2Mo6S8 Films for Highly Efficient Visible Light Photocatalysis",was featured on the Cover of Particle and Particle Systems Characterization



January 2018: Shiqiang’s paper, entitled "Interconnected Ni(HCO3)2 Hollow Spheres Enabled by Self-Sacrificial Templating with Enhanced Lithium Storage Properties", pulished in ACS Energy Letters, has been cited 13 times last year and is among the most cited papers pubished in 2017.


January 2018: We published a paper on sodium-selenium battery, entitled “Atomic Layer Deposition-Enabled Ultrastable Freestanding Carbon-Selenium Cathodes with High Mass Loading for Sodium-Selenium Battery”, in Nano Energy.


January 2018: We welcome new Postdoc Han Miao and Research Scientist Yuelan Zhang in joining our group.




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