Growth & Characterization
Growth and characterization focuses on:
1. Fabrication of promising candidate layered materials including 2D MoS2 by chemical vapor deposition.
2. Atomic and electronic structure, local density of quasiparticles states, transport, and field effect measured in these materials.
3. Ultrafast carrier dynamics of 2D materials probed by using ultra-short laser pulses.
4. STM measurements performed on newly designed 2D layered materials.
Catalysis and water splitting in layered materials
The scientific objectives of catalysis and water splitting are the following:
- Growth and characterization of layered materials
- Experimental investigation of designed layered materials as a function of material composition, foreign atom incorporation, and layer thickness to facilitate both water splitting and conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol (a fuel)
- Reactions of the surface of layered materials studied by photoelectron spectroscopy, ion scattering, and thermal desorption techniques
- Investigation of 2D heterostructures as potential photocatalysts for water splitting.
- The possibilities in the unusual chemistry of manganese will be explored