Applied Physical Sciences

Applied Physical Sciences at UNC

The Department of Applied Physical Sciences, APS, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an interdisciplinary program that includes its own faculty as well as joint faculty from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and other departments across the University.

APS enables cross-fertilization of traditional sciences, with engineering, chemical engineering and materials, in order to solve societal and technological problems related to energy, water, novel materials, and devices.

APS engages in research and training in applications of the physical sciences with an emphasis on translation of discoveries to the marketplace.

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Samulski Wins ACS Award

Professor Edward Samulski


Carolina Chemistry Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Applied Sciences Department, Edward T. Samulski...

Solar Cell Passivation

The device structure of perovskite planar heterojunction solar cells.


The ionic defects at the surfaces and grain boundaries of organic–inorganic halide perovskite films are detrimental...

Hybrid Perovskites

Schematic illustration showing that the charge recombination and collection under above-bandgap excitation is severely affected by surface traps


New photovoltaic materials have been searched for in the past decades for clean and renewable solar energy...

Spaghetti-Ball Proteins

Image showing Spaghetti-Ball Proteins


Biomedical engineers have engineered the first examples of biomimetic structures composed of a mysterious...

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