The focus of research of this group is the synthesis, study and application of solid-state inorganic materials with technologically significant magnetic, electrical, optical, electrochemical or catalytic properties. Of particular interest are nanoscale (1 - 20 nm diameter) materials.
The CNCF in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, is a multi-user facility. Its mission is to provide the Georgia Tech campus with state-of-the-art tools for performing advanced research on a variety of nanoscale materials.
The lab is currently working on Electrochemical Double Layer Supercapacitors based on carbon nanotubes, carbon nanotube alignment, field emission properties of carbon nanotubes, and carbon nanotube applications for solar cells.
Since 2001 and the invention of graphene electronics the Georgia Tech epitaxial graphene research team led by Walt de Heer and its collaborators are developing the new field of epitaxial graphene electronics.
Dr. Filler's research group works at the interface of chemical engineering and materials science, emphasizing the atomic-level engineering of nanoscale semiconductors for applications in energy conversion, electronics, and photonics.
The mission of the group is to advance the science and engineering of organic and hybrid nanostructured materials and enable technological innovations for applications in communications, sensing, displays, energy efficient solid-state lighting, and power generation.
The group's research focuses on nanostructured functional materials (NanoFM), including 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 nanocrystals, hollow nanocrystals, Janus nanocrystals, nanopores, nanotubes, hierarchically structured and assembled materials, and semiconductor organic-inorganic nanohybrids. The goal of the research is to understand the fundamentals of these nanostructured materials.
Tech's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is drawing in experts from across Tech's campus, and high-profile sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Army Research Office, as well as numerous business and industry sponsors. Areas of research include sensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanophotonics, bioelectronics, molecular diagnostics, nanomedicine, and drug delivery.
Georgia Tech is one of the world leaders in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. As the southeast US node in the NSF-supported National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, the Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC) serves nearly 600 researchers per year, with more than one-third of these coming from other universities, colleges, companies, and government labs. Researchers from any science or engineering discipline are invited to take advantage of NRC's infrastructure, facilities, equipment and expertise to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research in micro- and nano-fabrication and characterization.
The Xia group is pursuing cutting-edge research in three major frontiers: nanotechnology, materials chemistry, and photonic devices. Recently, the group starts to move into cell biology by harnessing the power of nanomaterials to develop novel tools for studying complex biological systems.