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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


October 2016: We welcome new postdoc Johnson Liu, visiting scholars Dr. Sungho Woo, Prof. Ruiping Liu and Prof. Yufen Wang in joining our group..


October 2016: Yupeng's paper, entitled "A Rapid Microwave-Assisted Thermolysis Route to Highly Crystalline Carbon Nitrides for High-Efficiency Hydrogen Generation", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


October 2016: We welcome new visiting PhD students Wei Wang, Yajin Chang, Xiangtong Meng, Kunjie Yuan in joining our group.


September 2016: Beibei Jiang successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congrats, Dr. Jiang!


September 2016: We welcome new PhD students Jiwoo Yu and Matthew Rager in joining the group.


August 2016: Xinchang’s paper, entitled "1D Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimension, Composition and Architecture", was accepted by Science. Congratulations, Xinchang!


August 2016: Xueqin's paper, entitled "Noble Metal-Metal Oxide Nanohybrids with Tailored Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion, Photocatalysis and Environmental Remediation", was accepted by Energy & Environmental Science.


July 2016: Xueqin's paper, entitled "Simple Route to Reduced Graphene Oxide-Draped Nanocomposites with Markedly Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Performance", was accepted by Small and featured on the Outside Front Cover of Small; featured by MaterialsViewsChina.


May 2016: Mengye's newly published paper, entitled "Nonepitaxial Growth of Uniform and Precisely Size-Tunable Core/Shell Nanoparticles and Their Enhanced Plasmon-Driven Photocatalysis", was featured on the Cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry A.


May 2016: We published a paper on nanoribbon-shaped nanocomposites, entitled “Chemical-Bonding-Directed Hierarchical Assembly of Nanoribbon-Shaped Nanocomposites of Gold Nanorods and Poly(3-hexylthiophene)”, in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


April 2016: Beibei Jiang attended the early faculty career workshop hosted at Texas A&M University ("Roadmap Workshop for a Successful Academic Career"). Congrats, Beibei.


April 2016: Two PhD students won the MSE Graduate Poster Competition -- James Iocozzia won the second place in the category of Polymers and Yanjie He won the third place in the category of Nano Materials. Congrats. James and Yanjie!


March 2016: Mengye's paper, entitled "Plasmon-mediated solar energy conversion via photocatalysis in noble metal/semiconductor composites", was accepted by Advanced Science, and featured by MaterialsViewsChina); featured on the Cover of Advanced Science)


March 2016: Jaehan's paper, entitled "Crafting Core/Graded Shell/Shell Quantum Dots with Suppressed Re-absorption and Tunable Stokes Shift as High Optical Gain Materials", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


March 2016: Ming's Near-Infrared Organolead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells paper was featured on the Cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


February 2016: Beibei received the 2016 COPE Graduate Student Fellowship. Congrats, Beibei!


February 2016: Ming's paper, entitled " Monodisperse Dual-Functional Upconversion Nanoparticles-Enabled Near-Infrared Organolead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


February 2016: Beibei's paper, entitled "In-situ Crafting of ZnFe2O4 Nanoparticles Impregnated within Continuous Carbon Network as Advanced Anode Materials", was accepted by ACS Nano.


February 2016: We published a paper on lithium ion batteries, entitled “A robust strategy for crafting monodisperse Li4Ti5O12 nanospheres as superior rate anode for lithium ion batteries”, in Nano Energy.


January 2016: Songping's paper, entitled "Graphene-Containing Nanomaterials for Lithium Ion Battery", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


January 2016: Yingkui's paper, entitled " Graphene-based Materials with Tailored Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage", was accepted by Materials Science and Engineering R: Reports.


January 2016: We welcome new visiting scholar Prof. Yupeng Yuan and visiting student Xun Cui in joining the group.




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