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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






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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].



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].



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


January 2020: We welcome new postdoc Dr. Jiawei Zhang in joining our group.


January 2020: We welcome new Visiting Scholar Prof. José Antonio Souza from Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil in joining our group.


December 2019: We welcome new postdoc Dr. Shumeng Hao and new visiting PhD student Wendan Xue in joining our group.


November 2019: Bing’s paper, entitled "Unconventional Route to Oxygen Vacancies-Enabled Highly Efficient Electron Extraction and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.


November 2019: Yijiang’s paper, entitled "Stable Perovskite Nanocrystals Permanently Ligated with Polymer Hairs via Star-like Molecular Bottlebrush Trilobe Nanoreactors", was accepted by Nano Letters.


October 2019: Yanjie’s paper, entitled "Unconventional Route to Dual-Shelled Organolead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals with Controlled Dimensions, Surface Chemistry and Stabilities", was accepted by Science Advances. Congrats, Yanjie!


October 2019: Dr. Lin and Dr. He published a new book entitled “Organic Thermoelectric Materials (ISSN)”, 1st Edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (2019).



August 2019: We welcome new PhD student Woosung Choi in joining our group.


July 2019: We welcome new visiting student Baoying Dai in joining our group.


July 2019: Bing’s paper, entitled "The Charge Carrier Dynamics, Efficiency and Stability of Two-Dimensional Material-Based Perovskite Solar Cells", was accepted by Chemical Society Reviews.


June 2019: Yihuang’s paper, entitled "Resolving Optical and Catalytic Activities in Thermoresponsive Nanoparticles by Permanent Ligation with Temperature-Sensitive Polymers", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition , and selected as very important paper (VIP).


June 2019: Young Jun’s paper, entitled "Enabling Tailorable Optical Properties and Markedly Enhanced Stability of Perovskite Quantum Dots by Permanently Ligating with Polymer Hairs", was accepted by Advanced Materials .


May 2019: Qianqian’s paper, entitled "Lead-Free Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals: Crystal Structures, Synthesis, Stabilities, and Optical Properties", was accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition .


May 2019: Shiqiang’s paper, entitled "A Robust Route to Co2(OH)2CO3 Ultrathin Nanosheets with Superior Lithium Storage Capability Templated by Aspartic Acid-Functionalized Graphene Oxide", was accepted by Advanced Energy Materials .


April 2019: Yuekun’s paper, entitled "Crafting mussel-inspired metal nanoparticle-decorated ultrathin graphitic carbon nitride for the degradation of chemical pollutants and production of chemical resources", was published in Advanced Materials , and featured on the Cover.



March 2019: We welcome new visiting scholar Yan Yan in joining our group.


February 2019: Yupeng’s paper, entitled " Achieving Efficient Incorporation of π‐Electrons into Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Markedly Improved Hydrogen Generation", was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition . It was rated as Very Important Paper (VIP), and featured on the Cover.



January 2019: We welcome new visiting student Songru Jia and visiting scholar Hongwei Mi in joining our group.


January 2019: Beibei published a paper entitled “Barium Titanate at the Nanoscale: Controlled Synthesis and Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties” in Chemical Society Reviews.


November 2018: Dr. Lin was named as A Highly Cited Researcher for 2018 by Web of Science Group, Clarivate Analytics (demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science)




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