The Nanoscale Physics Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Battery Cathode
As part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), we study cathode materials of rechargeable Li-ion and multi-valent ion batteries. Our research in this area is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through a subcontract with Argonne National Laboratory.
2-D materials
Our research on 2-D materials focuses on characterizing the thermal and electronic properties of transition metal dichalcogenides and graphene. Our research in this area is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Solar Cells
Our solar-cell research focuses on poly-crystalline CdTe materials, especially the effects of grain boundaries. Our research in this area is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
In-situ TEM
We develop novel forms of in-situ transmission electron microscopy, such as graphene liquid cells, high-resolution cooling and heating experiments as well as in-situ electro-chemical cycling experiments. Our research in this area is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy through a subcontract with Argonne National Laboratory.
Perovskite Oxides
We study the effects of defects and interfaces on the electronic and thermal properties of perovskite oxides using a combination of first-principles modeling and materials characterization. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation.