Jonathan Paul Ligda​Lets congratulate Jonathan Paul Ligda, another nanoscale PhD student, for defending his Ph.D. dissertation, entitiled: "Effects of Grain Size on the Quasi-static Mechanical Properties of Ultrafine-Grain and Nanocrystalline Tantalum". He completed the work under the supervision of Dr. Qiuming Wei (Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science) and Dr. Brian Schuster (Army Research Laboratory). We wish him all the best for his bright future ahead.

Derek Peloquin and Nathan BehmThe Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program at UNC charlotte would like to congratulate Derek Peloquin and Nathan Behm for getting their team project work published in a peer-reviewed journal. The advance copy of their article, “High-throughput microwave synthesis and characterization of NiO nanoplates for supercapacitor devices” is available online at the Springer’s Journal of Materials Science(DOI: 10.1007/s10853-012-6929-6). As Nathan remarks, “It’s cool to have a publication out of one semester work.”

NANO 8202 - Interdisciplinary TemaNathan Behm and Derek Peloquin joined the Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program last year, in 2011. They were assigned to Dr. Poler’s group for their interdisciplinary team project in the following spring semester.                           

Hexagonal nickel oxide (NiO) nanoplate-based electrochemical supercapacitorsThe basic idea, as Nathan explains, in the beginning was to make a hybrid device, which combines the high power...

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​Lets congratulate Ryan Hefti for his recent publication, "Long-Range Correlated Fluorescence Blinking in CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots" in J . Phys. Chem. C (online pre print, DOI: 10.1021/jp3084343). Ryan is advised by Dr. Pat Moyer (Physics and Optical Science) and this work was in collaboration with Dr. Marcus Jones (chemistry).

Nanoscale Science - Faculty in Focus

Welcome to the Walter Research Group in the Chemistry Department at UNC Charlotte. We are interested in the synthesis and development of new materials for Solar Energy Conversion. Photoactive materials such as porphyrins are developed in our lab can be used to harvest solar photons and convert that energy into either electricity or into a fuel such as hydrogen. Our work involves testing these materials in organic solar cell, dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cell, or photoelectrochemical cell configurations. Our work spans materials research, organic syntheses, and nanoscience.