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Program Highlights

Leveraging the Polymer Glass Transition

A collaboration between the de Pablo, Rowan and Jaeger groups at the University of Chicago developed a novel class of suspensions with stimuli-responsive polymer particles to be able to transition reversibly between liquid to solid behavior in response to temperature,

Direct Synthesis and CVD of 2D MXenes

Novel chemical reactions enable scalable and atom-economic synthesis of two-dimensional metal carbides and nitrides (MXenes). These directly synthesized MXenes from the University of Chicago show excellent energy storage capacity for Li-ion intercalation.

Plant Leaf ELMs Undergo Shape Shifting Driven by External Stimuli

Plant/polymer composite materials have been fabricated. These  composite  materials  are  stimuli responsive  and  can  undergo  shape-shifting   behavior   in   response   to temperature or light. 

A Multiphysics Approach for the Self-Assembly of Nanocrystal Checkerboards

IRG1 has developed a toolkit for carrying out simulated X-ray   adsorption   spectroscopy   (XAS).   XAS   is   a powerful technique for understanding the surface local structure  and  chemistry  of  complex  interfaces  at  the nanoscale.

Discovery of bilayer nanoparticle (NP) superlattices using global Monte Carlo optimization

IRG1 has developed a computational framework for understanding how nanoparticles (NPs) assemble at the  interface  between  two  immiscible  fluids.

Where Materials Begin and Society BenefitsFirst Demonstration of Controlled Grafting-from ROMP Bioconjugates

This  is  the  first  demonstration  of  living ring  opening  metathesis  polymerization (ROMP) from a biological substrate.

Genetic Fusion of Thermoresponsive Polypeptides Mediates 1-D Assembly of Coiled Coil Bundlemers

The ability to thermally trigger a conformational changeand collapse in a constituent resilin-like protein (RLP) providesthe opportunity to build, and eventually move, a bundlemer nanostructure.

Bi2Se3 Growth on (001) GaAs Substrates for Terahertz Integrated Systems

This work demonstrates that the TI vdW material Bi2Se3 can be grown as a single-crystalline single-orientation film on semiconductor substrates with appropriate substrate pre-treatment conditions.

An efficient material search for room-temperature topological magnons

IRG-2 developed a symmetry-based approach that uses only few inputs, to carry out an efficient yet systematic search for topological magnons in magnetic insulators. Robust against disorders and decoherence, they serve as potential platforms for magnon-based spintronic devices.

Strengthening Networks: Connecting MRSEC and PREM Students with Academic and Industry Representatives

The Ohio State University and University of California, Santa Barbara MRSECS  partnered  to  host  the  Conference  Across  MRSECs  and PREMs (CAMPS) in October 2022.