Grant: $228,672 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 9, 2009
67% voted satisfied - 33% voted not satisfied - 3 vote(s) cast
Award Description: The research objective of this award is to advance the manufacture, the fundamental understanding, and the device application of graphene-nanocrystal metamaterials or hybrid graphene-nanocrystal structures, i.e., graphene sheets with discrete nanocrystals decorations on their surfaces. Specific tasks to be performed include experimental and theoretical characterization of the metamaterials, particularly electronic and physical interactions between nanocrystals and graphene sheets with various external stimuli; investigation of methods for low-cost and large-scale manufacturing of such materials; and exploration of their use for gas sensors. The availability of affordable hybrid nanostructures and their fundamental properties will open up new opportunities for nanoscience and nanotechnology and accelerate discoveries and inventions. The synergistic response from the nanocrystal and the graphene can be harnessed for various innovative device applications, including gas sensors, biosensors, and photovoltaic cells. If successful, the project results will enable a wide range of innovative applications of graphene-nanocrystal metamaterials with optimal properties that can be tailored for specific conditions. The new sensor to be demonstrated will be attractive for environmental monitoring and directly benefit society. The project will train both graduate and undergraduate students in areas of graphene engineering and applications, and will reach the broader student population through a course module on hybrid nanostructures, integration of small nanotechnology projects into existing curricula at both UWM and UT, and training of science teachers. Additional efforts through 'Science Saturdays' will be used to attract more underrepresented students to STEM fields.
Project Description: We have started to work with our collaborator, Prof. Junhong Chen at UW-Milwaukee, by preparing and sending graphene samples for the proposed project, using both thermal vapor chemical deposition and wet-chemical methods.
Jobs Summary: Two Post Docs are appointed for a total of .73 FTE for this reporting period. Calculation of number of jobs was made using OMB guidance. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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