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Multifunctional ZnO Nanomaterials for Efficient Energy Conversion and Sensing

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2011,31 May 2015

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The support has allowed PI-Richard Mu and his team to engaged in a decade of fundamental research in the fabrication, characterization and functionalization of a wide variety of ZnO nanostructures that include nanowires NWs, nanoscale thin films and quantum well systems to develop novel device and sensor architectures that result in both high emission efficiencies and detection sensitivities. From an achievement matrix evaluation, ARODOD support has generated 35 journal publications, 6 proceeding papers and 2 book chapters in the last 10 years. The program has resulted in 22 awarded masters degrees and 3 PhDs, with all students co-advised by Prof. Mu within the Vanderbilt interdisciplinary materials science program. Currently, there are 3 active PhD, 2 masters, and 1 international exchange PhD student in the group. From the aspects of fundamental materials research that is relevant to DOD programs, the accumulated knowledge, experience, and infrastructure in reliable and reproducible nanomaterials growthsynthesis with control of nanostructure size, shape, and functionality, in uniform functionalization with both coatings and nanoparticles and in conventional and novel characterization techniques have yielded solid and mature research capabilities that currently include the extensive use of COMSOL Multiphysics simulation and modeling. We are now in a solid position to enter a new and exciting phase of research materialsstructure-by-design W911NF-12-R-0012-02, Research Area 9Materials Science Programs of 9.0 9.1 and 9.4 More specifically, we would like to utilize the structure-by-design approach to develop high-efficiency optical nanoemitters, such as nano-lasers and nano-LEDs, and ultrasensitive nanoprobes for chemical and biological molecule sensing based on bottom-up design and fabrication of highly complex multifunctional materials with new and unprecedented properties.

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  • Physical Chemistry

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