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Division Statement

The nanoscience group at TCSUH exploits its wide range of material expertise and material characterization and fabrication capabilities acquired over the last two decades in the research and development of superconductivity for the development and processing of nanomaterials with improved performance for biomedicine, composite materials, sensing, energy delivery and storage.

The nanoscience group is a partner in the CONTACT Program which carries out projects and collaborative efforts which address four key areas of interest to the Materials Directorate and other directorates of AFRL. The Program includes the efforts of six other Texas Universities–five campuses of the University of Texas (Austin, Arlington, Dallas, Pan American, and Brownsville), and Rice University. The areas of research are oriented towards Air Force applications in adaptive coatings and surface engineering, nanoenergetics, electromagnetic sensors and power generation, and energy storage.

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Core Participants

C. W. Chu

  • Nano-Construction and Characterization of Thermal Interface Materials
  • Size and Shape-Dependent Magnetic Properties of Large Mn-Fe Oxide Nanoparticles
  • Polarity-Dependent Reversible Field-Induced Resistance Switching in Electrode/Oxide Interfaces
  • The Negative Static Dielectric Constant in Nano-Particle Aggregates

Wei-Kan Chu

  • Field Ionization Using Carbon Nanotubes
  • Nanorod Quantum Well Structures for Light Emitting Diode, Laser Diode and Solar Cell Applications

S. H. Pan

  • Scanning Probe Microscopy/Spectroscopy- Development and Construction of the UHV Variable Low Temperature STM System

Kevin Bassler

  • Theoretical and Computational Studies of Self-Organizing and Self-Assembling Material Systems

Audrius Brazdeikis

  • Nanoparticles in Biomedical Imaging

John H. Miller

  • Electromagnetic Studies of Biological Macromolecules & Other Nanoscale Materials

Allan J. Jacobson, S. C. Moss

  • Nano-particles in Nano-Porous Host Matrices, Nano –rods –sheets in Polymers

T. Randall Lee

  • Organic Films Nanocomposites: Ultrasmall Nanoshell Dopants for Light-Emitting Polymer Displays

Arnold M. Guloy

  • Thermo Electric Materials: Novel Materials from the Oxidation Reactions of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Metal Germanides and Silicides

C. L. Chen

  • Growth and Characterizations of Multifunction Oxide Thin Films

M. N. Iliev

  • Carbon Nanotube Multifunctional Sensors in Nanocomposites

Haibing Peng

  • Synthesis and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

Jarek Wosik

  • High Frequency Characterization of SWNT for Bio-Medical Applications

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Request for Proposals

Each year TcSUH requests proposals for New Seed Projects and for One Year Extensions of Existing Projects. The program is designed to promote innovative research to facilitate innovative ideas with potential for external funding. Awards are typically $20,000 and recipients of seed funding are expected to generate a proposal for external funds within 12 months of receiving TcSUH support. For FY07 through FY09, 30 one-year projects were funded and many of these were in nanomaterials.

Seed Programs in Nanomaterials

G. GunaratnePHYS

  • The Physics of and Strategies for Engineering Perfect Long Range Order in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

R. Krishnamoorti – CEE

  • Development of Multi-functional Polymer Nanocomposites for Sensor (Damage) and Actuation Applications

Pradeep SharmaME

  • Size-Dependent Elastic and Inelastic Behavior of Metal Nanowires

Li SunME

  • Magnetic nanostructures in sensing and biomedical devices

John C. WolfeECE

  • Fabrication of Step-and-Flash Imprint Lithography templates for patterned magnetic media

Gangbing Song – ME

  • Development of High-Acoustic-Damping Composite Materials Using Carbon Nanopaper Sheets

Wanda Zagozdzon-Wosik – ECE

  • Integrated BioMEMS for biophysical applications in living cells

Dan Luss, Karen Martirosyan – CEE

  • Nanoenergetic "Gas-Generator"

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Chengzhi Cai – CHEM

  • Bionano Materials, Organic Films Nanocomposites

Peter Strasser – CEE

  • Size and Composition Dynamics of Alloy Nanoparticle Ensembles in Electrochemical Environments

Rigoberto C. Advincula – CHEM

  • Hybrid-Inorganic-Organic Conjugated Polymer and Chalcogenide Quantum Dots: Electro-optically active Mesophases and Nanostructures

Stanko R. BrankovicECE

  • Electrodeposited of Exchange Spring Magnet Nanomaterials

Chengzhi Cai – CHEM

  • Single Molecule Arrays Presenting Carbohydates and other Biomolecules

Margaret Cheung – PHYS

  • Multi-scale Molecular Simulations for Antimicrobial Peptides with Leishmanicidal Activity

Vincent Donnelly, Demetre Economou – CBE

  • Growth and Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Using a Novel Dual-Plasma Reactor with Rotating Substrates

Rebecca Forrest – PHYS

  • Structure Determination of Aliphatic Dithiocarboxylic Acid Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold

Gemunu GunaratnePHYS

  • Strategies for Engineering Perfectly Ordered Self-Assembled Monolayer and Quantum Dot Arrays

Dmitri Litvinov – ECE, Karen MartirosyanCBE

  • Nano-Textured Fe100-xGax Alloys: Fabrication and Properties

Dong Liu, Li SunME

  • Magnetically-Assisted Fabrication of Thin Film Nanocomposites with Tunable Thermal Conductivity for Thermal Management of Miniaturized Energy Systems

Ognjen MiljanicCHEM

  • Nanospace Engineering through Guanine Self-Assembly

Li Sun – ME

  • Development of Interconnected Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

John C. WolfeECE

  • Applications of Energetic Particle Lithography

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