05/21/18 -4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Special Seminar: Professor James Batteas
The overarching theme of the work in Professor Batteas' group is structure/function relationships at the surfaces and interfaces of materials. Over the past several years, these studies have focused on nanoscale materials and devices for molecular/organic electronics, quantum dot and metal nanoparticle assemblies for optoelectronics and chemical sensing and the tribological properties of nanoscale contacts. Much of this work involves establishing a fundamental (molecular level) understanding of the underlying chemistry and physics of the systems in question to affordrational approaches for improving current technologies and developing new ones. Researchers also utilize both top-down and bottom-up fabrication approaches, combined with self-organizing molecular systems to control and manipulate materials on the nanoscale. In much of the work, researchers take advantage of self-assembly for the design of robust structures, which can be manipulated and controlled through the engineering of specific inter-molecular forces and chemical interactions with surfaces. This includes designing confined molecular assemblies for molecular electronics, organic/semiconductor heterojunctions for organic electronics, nanopatterned quantum dot arrays for chemical sensing, as controlling friction at the molecular level to enable micromachine designs.