Visualing the Nanoworld
The nanometer-scale mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces - explored and quantified by scanning probe microscopy-based techniques
What we do
The properties of materials are determined by the nature of the interactions between the atoms that form the material. Site-specific measurements of surface forces help us to understand their atomistic origins and, ultimately, to tailor them within certain limits. Our group specializes in applying advanced atomic force microscopy-based techniques and related scanning probe methods, which are continuously further developed in our lab, to quantify and map surface forces, interaction energies, and other parameters such as tunneling currents and charge distributions with high resolution. Current projects address problems in surface physics, catalysis, and nanotribology.
We are part of the NSF-MRSEC sponsored Yale Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP).
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