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Scott Warren

Assistant Professor
Kenan Laboratories A808

Research Interest:
2D Materials, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, Nanoelectronics


Professional Background

Scott studied chemistry at Whitman College from 1998 to 2002 and conducted solar energy research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory during the summers. He earned his Ph.D. in 2007 with work on the self-assembly of fuel cell electrodes in the groups of Uli Wiesner and Frank DiSalvo at Cornell. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Michael GrÄtzel at EPFL, Switzerland, from 2007 to 2010. During that time, he directed a European consortium on water splitting and was a visiting researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology with Avner Rothschild. Scott returned to the U.S. in 2011, working on nanoparticle electronics at Northwestern University with Bartosz Grzybowski. He has been an assistant professor in the departments of chemistry and applied physical sciences at UNC Chapel Hill since 2013.

Research Synopsis

2D materials are a radically new building block for constructing complex materials and devices, from batteries to solar cells to water purification to sensors. Our lab is focused on:

  • The discovery of new 2D materials
  • The assembly of these building blocks into functional architectures
  • Understanding structure-property relationships in 2D materials and their assemblies
  • Integrating these new materials into devices for energy conversion, environmental remediation, and sensing

Warren research image showing a two dimensional elctride

Our lab is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and we draw on both experimental approaches, such as materials synthesis, electrochemistry, electronics, nanophotonics, and electron microscopy, and computational approaches, such as density functional theory, finite difference time domain simulations, and multislice calculations, to understand the materials that we make