Publications

Wan, F., Wang, W., Zou, Z., Xie, H., Ping, H., Fu, Z.
As one of the most delicate bioprocesses in nature, biosilicification is closely related to biosilica with various morphologies, and has provided abundant inspiration to materials synthesis. In the present study, to explore the biosilica formation process and fabricate silica with an exquisite microstructure for lithium-ion...
Almajhadi, MA., Uddin, SMA., Wickramasinghe, HK.
Infrared photoinduced force microscopy (IR-PiFM) is a scanning probe spectroscopic technique that maps sample morphology and chemical properties on the nanometer (nm)-scale. Fabricated samples with nm periodicity such as self-assembly of block copolymer films can be chemically characterized by IR-PiFM with relative ease. Despite the...
Chen, L., Mao, S., Wang, P., Yao, Z., Du, Z., Zhu, Z., Belfiore, L., Tang, J.
Hot‐electron injection induced by plasmon decay enables ultrafast electron transfer in femtosecond scale and therefore endows metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) promising potentials in high‐speed optoelectronics. With much higher density of states next to its Fermi level, palladium (Pd) can more efficiently launch hot electrons according to...
Song, J., Ye, L., Li, C., Xu, J., Chandrabose, S., Weng, K., Cai, Y., Xie, Y., O'Reilly, P., Chen, K., Zhou, J., Zhou, Y., Hodgkiss, JM., Liu, F., Sun, Y.
Morphological stability is crucially important for the long-term stability of polymer solar cells (PSCs). Many high-efficiency PSCs suffer from metastable morphology, resulting in severe device degradation. Here, a series of copolymers is developed by manipulating the content of chlorinated benzodithiophene-4,8-dione (T1-Cl) via a random copolymerization...
Xu, C., Bo, Z., Wu, S., Wen, Z., Chen, J., Luo, T., Lee, E., Xiong, G., Amal, R., Wee, A., Yan, J., Cen, K., Fisher, T., Ostrikov, K.
Effective separation and transfer of photogenerated charge carriers are common issues in solar energy conversion. Strong localized electric fields near functional nanostructures reduce charge recombination and boost energy efficiency and photocatalytic activity. However, common metal-based photocatalytic systems on conducting supports under-utilize infrared (IR) light energy,...
Chen, Q., Zhang, Y., Liu, S., Han, T., Chen, X., Xu, Y., Meng, Z., Zhang, G., Zheng, X., Zhao, J., Cao, G., Liu, G.
PiFM images of the CsFAMA film, sequentially recorded in the a) pristine state, b–f) after being subjected to voltage stressing with the amplitude of −1 to −0.2 V and i–n) after being subjected to voltage stressing with the amplitude of 0 to 1 V and a ramping...
Mitrovic, A., Nagel, W., Leang, K., Clayton, G.
In this paper, a closed-loop control framework for dual-stage nanopositioning systems is presented that allows the user to allocate control efforts to the individual actuators based on their range capabilities. Recent work by the authors has focused on range-based control of dual-stage actuators implemented as...
Allender, CJ., Bowen, JL., Celorrio, V., Davies-Jones, JA., Davies, PR., Guan, S., O'Reilly, P., Sankar, M.
The control of the growth of hematite nanoparticles from iron chloride solutions under hydrothermal conditions in the presence of two different structure promoters has been studied using a range of both structural and spectroscopic techniques including the first report of photo induced force microscopy (PiFM)...
Zhang, X., Jiang, Q., Wang, J., Tang, J.
Black phosphorus quantum dots (BPQDs), as 2D van der Waals crystals, possess remarkable electronic and optoelectronic properties. Their excellent ultra-high mobility and thickness-dependent tunable direct bandgap can meet well the needs of polymer solar cells (PSCs) for adjustable energy levels in different active layer systems....
Jahng, J., Son, JG., Kim, H., Park, J., Lee, TG., Lee, ES.
Chemical characterizations of biochemically functionalized single nanoparticles are necessary to optimize the nanoparticle surface functionality in recently advanced nanobiological applications but have not yet been fully explored because of technical difficulties. Exploiting the photoinduced force exerted on a light-illuminated nanoscale tip, nanoscale mid-infrared hyperspectral images...
Yu, W., Fu, HJ., Mueller, T., Brunschwig, BS., Lewis, NS.
Integrated photoelectrochemical devices rely on the synergy between components to efficiently generate sustainable fuels from sunlight. The micro- and/or nanoscale characteristics of the components and their interfaces often control critical processes of the device, such as charge-carrier generation, electron and ion transport, surface potentials, and...
Hafermann, M., Zapf, M., Ritzer, M., Printschler, A., Luo, Y., Ambrosio, A., Wilson, W., Ronning, C.
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Pan, Y., Chu, L., Liu, J., Lv, B., Belfiore, L., Tang, J.
The surface plasmon resonance of copper in the near infrared region provides a novel method for enhancement of up-conversion luminescence compared to using gold and silver, as the former grants significant cost savings. In this study, we made a flat Cu film covered TiO2 to...
Chen, Z., Chen, X., Qiu, B., Zhou, G., Jia, Z., Tao, W., Li, Y., Yang, YM., Zhu, H.
Nonfullerene acceptors (NFAs) have attracted great attention in high-efficiency organic solar cells (OSCs). While the effect of molecular properties including structures and energetics on charge transfer has been extensively investigated, the effect of macroscopic-phase properties is yet to be revealed. Here we have performed a...
Ping, H., Poudel, L., Xie, H., Fang, W., Zou, Z., Zhai, P., Wagermaier, W., Fratzl, P., Wang, W., Wang, H., O'Reilly, P., Ching, WY., Fu, Z.
Mesoporous silica particles of controlled size and shape are potentially beneficial for many applications, but their usage may be limited by the complex procedure of fabrication. Biotemplating provides a facile approach to synthesize materials with desired shapes. Herein, a bioinspired design principle is adopted through...
Sun, C., Pan, F., Qiu, B., Qin, S., Chen, S., Shang, Z., Meng, L., Yang, C., Li, Y.
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Liu, J., Chu, L., Yao, Z., Mao, S., Zhu, Z., Lee, J., Wang, J., Belfiore, L., Tang, J.
Solid state dewetting (SSD) of thin-film can trigger morphology evolution from continuous film to isolated nanostructures over percolation threshold. However, the Au thin-film fabricated by low-degree SSD, namely Au network nanostructures, showed a wider plasmon absorption over visible and mid-infrared region as compared to the...
Guo, D., Nagel, W., Clayton, G., Leang, K.
This article focuses on trajectory redesign for dual-stage nanopositioning systems, where speed, range, and resolution are considered. Dual-stage nanopositioning systems are becoming increasingly popular due to their unique ability to achieve long-range and high-speed operation. Conventional trajectory assignment methods for dual-stage systems commonly consider frequency...
Li, J., Jahng, J., Pang, J., Morrison, W., Li, J., Lee, ES., Xu, JJ., Chen, HY., Xia, XH.
Here we demonstrate sub-10 nm spatial resolution sampling of a volume of ∼360 molecules with a strong field enhancement at the sample-tip junction by implementing noble metal substrates (Au, Ag, Pt) in photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM). This technique shows the versatility and robustness of PiFM...