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Discipline: Nanotechnology

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Imaging science is a critical enabler of revolutionary scientific advances across disciplines. However, current imaging technologies face prohibitive trade-offs in resolution, penetration depth and experimental complexity. I envision a future where imaging science is unencumbered by these challenges. Here, I introduce “acoustoplasmonic metasurfaces” a new class of nanostructured materials to enable imaging at unprecedented resolution … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Physical sensations, such as a stomach knot when experiencing anxiety or trembling in the face of fear, have long been associated with our emotions. However, discerning the relationship between emotions and bodily functions has proven difficult due to the challenges in independently controlling the brain or body. Here we propose to develop biohybrid technologies that … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Understanding the dynamics of energy carriers is crucial to processes ranging from photosynthesis to photovoltaics and batteries. While carriers in the equilibrium state are well studied, perturbation of carrier dynamics by multiple independent internal and external stimuli in energy conversion devices is not understood, thus limiting the potential of high-performance materials. I will tackle foundational … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Carbon dioxide capture from the point of generation or the ambient environment is broadly recognized to play a key role in climate change mitigation. However, the incumbent methods are energy-intensive and fossil fuel-dependent. My research program aims to revolutionize the technological landscape for carbon capture by developing an entirely new mechanistic platform powered by renewable … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

The Li Group’s long term goal is to understand and develop new technologies (e.g. batteries) that will play a major role in renewable energy, sustainability, and global climate change, all of which represent grand challenges for the 21st century. To accomplish this, our research program pursues two main thrusts: (1) to develop state-of-the-art experimental tools … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

My group builds robots the size of microorganisms (10-100 um) with top-down nanofabrication. By perusing sophisticated machines that move, sense, and compute, we hope to achieve two goals. First, we want to develop a physics of living systems that can both describe biology and extend beyond it. Microscopic in size, these robots experience the same … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Our group uses transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy to understand nanomaterials and devices at the atomic scale. Using recent advances in aberration-corrected electron microscopy, we aim to image the structure, bonding, electronic, optical properties of materials with unprecedented precision. This research aims to harness the incredible insights that can be obtained by … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

My team and I produce textile-based electronic devices that retain the comfort, breathability, and feel of everyday fabrics and garments. We develop vapor-phase coating chemistries to imperceptibly coat mass-produced threads and textiles or readily-available premade garments with a range of conjugated polymer materials. We then use traditional textile and garment manufacturing routines, such as weaving, … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

Two central goals of my research group are to (1) develop a mechanistic understanding of semiconductor nanomaterial synthesis (e.g. nanowires), allowing precise control of composition and morphology, and (2) rationally design and experimentally measure, often at the single-particle level, targeted physical properties and functionality. Because the materials have dimensions on the nanometer length scale, subtle … Continued

Discipline: Nanotechnology

My group’s research centers on the design and rational synthesis of novel nanomaterials for a range of applications, including cancer nanomedicine, regenerative medicine, catalysis, and clean energy technology. As for synthesis, my group is building a scientific base for the large-scale production of nanomaterials with well-controlled parameters and properties by elucidating the fundamental details involved … Continued