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Materials Science & Engineering

How can we design materials and devices that have previously only existed in our imaginations? Developing cutting-edge technologies requires integrating novel functional materials into devices, and the ability to develop these functional materials depends on advances in chemistry, computational modeling, physics, and biology.

The Materials Science and Engineering focus area leverages innovative scientific advances to design materials for a variety of applications, including marketable products. Examples include hard and soft materials such as nanocomposites, high-performance composites, photovoltaic devices, and shape-memory polymers. This group also aims to significantly advance the field of additive manufacturing.


Irreversible Shear-Activated Gelation of a Liquid Crystalline…

We report irreversible, shear-activated gelation in liquid crystalline solutions of a rigid polyelectrolyte that forms rodlike assemblies (rods) in salt-free solution...

Distinguishing Energy and Charge Transfer Processes

Interest in photovoltaic devices based on layered perovskites is motivated by their tunable optoelectronic properties and stabilities in humid conditions.

Recent Publications

Irreversible Shear-Activated Gelation of a Liquid Crystalline Polyelectrolyte. Ryan J. Fox, Maruti Hegde, Curt J. Zanelotti, Amar S. Kumbhar, Edward T. Samulski, Louis A. Madsen, Stephen J. Picken, and Theo J. Dingemans. ACS Macro Lett., Volume 9, Issue 7, June 16, 2020, 957–963.

Distinguishing Energy and Charge Transfer Processes in Layered Perovskite Quantum Wells with 2D Action Spectroscopies. Ninghao Zhou, Zhenyu Ouyang, Jun Hu, Olivia F. Williams, Liang Yan, Wei You, and Andrew M. Moran. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Volume 11, Issue 12, May 19, 2020, 4570–4577.

Benign ferroelastic twin boundaries in halide perovskites for charge carrier transport and recombination. Xun Xiao, Wenhao Li, Yanjun Fang, Ye Liu, Yuchuan Shao, Shuang Yang, Jingjing Zhao, Xuezeng Dai, Rashid Zia & Jinsong Huang. Nature Communications, Volume 11, May 5, 2020.

Observation of transition cascades in sheared liquid crystalline polymers. Ryan J. Fox, M. Gregory Forest, Stephen J. Picken, and Theo J. Dingemans. Soft Matter, Volume 16, March 24, 2020, 3891-3901.

Strong graphene oxide nanocomposites from aqueous hybrid liquid crystals. Maruti Hegde, Lin Yang, Francesco Vita, Ryan J. Fox, Renee van de Watering, Ben Norder, Ugo Lafont, Oriano Francescangeli, Louis A. Madsen, Stephen J. Picken, Edward T. Samulski, and Theo J. Dingemans. Nature Communications, Volume 11, February 11, 2020.

Making Permanent Optical Matter of Plasmonic Nanoparticles by in Situ Photopolymerization. Zhenzhen Chen, Fan Nan, and Zijie Yan. J. Phys. Chem. C, Volume 124, Issue 7, January 27, 2020, 4215–4220.

Synthesis of tri‐aryl ketone amine isomers and their cure with epoxy resins. Larry Q. Reyes, Buu Dao, Wouter Vogel, Johan Bijleveld, Sam Tucker, Steve Christensen, Jeffrey Wiggins, Theo Dingemans, and Russell J. Varley. Polym Adv Technol., Volume 31, December 10, 2019, 827– 837.

Hierarchical Assembly of Nucleic Acid/Coiled-Coil Peptide Nanostructures. Alex Buchberger, Chad R. Simmons, Nour Eddine Fahmi, Ronit Freeman, and Nicholas Stephanopoulos. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Volume 142, Issue 3, December 10, 2019 1406–1416.

Synthesis and Electronic Structure of a 3D Crystalline Stack of MXene-Like Sheets. Daniel L. Druffel, Matthew G. Lanetti, Jack D. Sundberg, Jacob T. Pawlik, Madeline S. Stark, Carrie L. Donley, Lauren M. McRae, Katie M. Scott, and Scott C. Warren. Chem. Mater., Volume 31, Issue 23, November 11, 2019, 9788–9796.

Resolving Rotational Stacking Disorder and Electronic Level Alignment in a 2D Oligothiophene-Based Lead Iodide Perovskite. Manoj K. Jana, Chi Liu, Sven Lidin, David J. Dirkes, Wei You, Volker Blum, and David B. Mitzi. Chem. Mater. 2019, Volume 31, Issue 20, September 24, 2019, 8523–8532.

Exploring ideality and reality in an archetypal rodlike nematic liquid crystal. Louis A. Madsen, Theo J. Dingemans, Chi-Duen Poon, and Edward T. Samulski. Liquid Crystals, September 18, 2019.

Stabilizing halide perovskite surfaces for solar cell operation with wide-bandgap lead oxysalts. Shuang Yang, Shangshang Chen, Edoardo Mosconi, Yanjun Fang, Xun Xiao, Congcong Wang, Yu Zhou, Zhenhua Yu, Jingjing Zhao, Yongli Gao, Filippo De Angelis, and Jinsong Huang. Science, Volume 365, Issue 6452, August 2, 2019, 473-478.

Metal Ions in Halide Perovskite Materials and Devices. Peter N. Rudd and Jinsong Huang. Trends in Chemistry, Volume 1, Issue 4, July 2019, 394-409.

DNA-Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers Enhance Aptamer Function. Christopher M. Serrano, Ronit Freeman, Jacqueline Godbe, Jacob A. Lewis, and Samuel I. Stupp. ACS Appl. Bio Mater, Volume 2, Issue 7, June 18, 2019, 2955–2963.

Double helical conformation and extreme rigidity in a rodlike polyelectrolyte. Ying Wang, Yadong He, Zhou Yu, Jianwei Gao, Stephanie ten Brinck, Carla Slebodnick, Gregory B. Fahs, Curt J. Zanelotti, Maruti Hegde, Robert B. Moore, Bernd Ensing, Theo J. Dingemans, Rui Qiao & Louis A. Madsen. Nature Communications, Volume 10, February 18, 2019.

Effect of aromatic substitution on the kinetics and properties of epoxy cured tri‐phenylether amines. Russell J. Varley. Buu Dao, Sam Tucker, Steve Christensen, Jeffrey Wiggins, Theo Dingemans, Wouter Vogel, Martino Marchetti, Zeljka Madzarevic. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 136, January 11, 2019.

Reversible self-assembly of superstructured networks. Ronit Freeman, Ming Ha, Zaida Álvarez, Jacob A. Lewis, James R. Wester, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Mark T. McClendon, Cheyenne Lynsky, Jacqueline M. Godbe, Hussain Sangji, Erik Luijten, Samuel I. Stupp. Science, October 8, 2018.

Large electrostrictive response in lead halide perovskites. B. Chen, T. Li, Q. Dong, E. Mosconi, J. Song, Z. Chen, Y. Deng, Y. Liu, S. Ducharme, A. Gruverman, F. De Angelis & J. Huang. Nature Energy, September 24, 2018.

Rigid graph compression: Motif-based rigidity analysis for disordered fiber networks. Samuel Heroy, Dane Taylor, F. Bill Shi, M. Gregory Forest, and Peter J. Mucha. Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Volume 16, Issue 3, August 21, 2018, 1283–1304.

Synthesis and Properties of Semi-Crystalline Poly(decamethylene terephthalamide) Thermosets from Reactive Side-Group Copolyamides. Ming Li, Johan Bijleveld, and Theo J. Dingemans. European Polymer Journal, Volume 98, January 2018, 273-284.