Materials Chemistry graduate students perform high quality research that leads to publications in high profile journals. Below, we present recent publications from the graduate students of the Materials Chemistry program.


1. Wang, Fei; Seo, J.H.; Bayerl, D.; Shi, J.; Mi, H.; Ma, Z.; Zhao, D.; Shuai, Y.; Zhou, W.; Wang, X.; An aqueous solution-based doping strategy for large-scale synthesis of Sb-doped ZnO nanowires. Nanotechnology, 2011, 22, 225602.

2. Hamers,R.J.; Wang, Xiaoyu; Franking, R.; Ruther, Rose E.; Stavis, Courtney "Infrared spectroscopy for characterization of biomolecular interfaces" , chapter in the book, "Biointerface Characterization by Advanced IR Spectroscopy, edited by Professor C.M. Pradier and Professor Y. Chabal, to be published by Elsevier Press, 2011. 

3. Szczech, Jeannine R.; Jin, S.; Nanostructured Silicon For High Capacity Lithium Battery AnodesEnergy. Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, pp 56-72

4. Szczech, Jeannine R.; Higgins, J. M.; Jin, S.; Enhancement of the Thermoelectric Properties in Nanoscale and Nanostructured MaterialsJ. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, pp 4037-4055

5. Ruther, Rose E.; Rigsby, M. L.; Gerken, J. B.; Hogendoorn, S. R.; Landis, Eizabeth C.; Stahl, S. S.;  Hamers, R. J.; "Highly stable redox-active molecular layers by covalent grafting to conductive diamond", Journal of the American Chemical Society2011, 133, 5692-5694.

6. Radadia, A. D.; Stavis, Courtney J.; Carr, R.; Zeng, H.; King, W. P.; Carlisle, J. A.; Aksimentiev, A.; Hamers, R. J.; Bashir, R. "Control of Nanoscale Environment to Improve Stability of Immobilized Proteins on Diamond Surfaces", Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21, 1040-1050.

7. Peng, G.; Seo, S.; Ruther, Rose E.; Hamers, R. J.; Mavrikakis, M.; Evans, P. G.; "Molecular-scale Structure of a Nitrobenzene Monolayer on Si(001)", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115, 3011-3017 

8. Benson, Michelle C.Ruther, Rose E.; Gerken, J. B.; Rigsby, M. L.; Bishop, Lee M.; Tan, Yizheng; Stahl, S.; Hamers, R. J. "Modular "Click" Chemistry for Electrochemically and Photoelectrochemically Active Molecular Interfaces to Tin Oxide Surfaces". Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2011, "early view" published online July 18, 2011. 

9. Meng, Fei; Morin, S. A.; Jin, S. "Rational Solution Growth of alpha-FeOOH Nanowires Driven by Screw Dislocations and Their Conversion to alpha-Fe(2)O(3) Nanowires", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 8408-8411.

10. Meng, Fei; Jin, Song; The Solution Growth of Copper Nanowires and Nanotubes is Driven by Screw Dislocations, Nano Lett., 2011, ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/nl203385u

11. Hacialioglu, Salih; Meng, Fei; Jin, Song; Facile Large-Scale Solution Synthesis of Cu2O Nanowires and Nanotubes Driven by Screw Dislocations, Chem. Commun., 2011, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/c2cc16333k 

12. DeGrave, John P.; Schmitt, Andrew L.; Selinsky, Rachel S.; Higgins, Jeremy M.; Keavney, David J.; Jin, Song; Spin Polarization Measurement of Homogeneously Doped Fe1-xCoxSi Nanowires by Andreev Reflection Spectroscopy, Nano Lett., 2011, 11, 4431-4437

13. Morin, Stephen A.; Forticaux, Audrey; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, Song; Screw Dislocation-Driven Growth of Two-Dimensional Nanoplates, Nano Lett., 2011, 11, 4449-4455

14. Yurs, L. A.; Block, S. B.; Pakoulev, A. V.; Selinsky, R. S.; Jin, S.; Wright, J. C.; Multiresonant Coherent Multidimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of Colloidal PbSe Quantum Dots, J. Phys. Chem. C.  2011, 146, 22833–22844. 


1. Widin, J.M.; Schmitt, Adam K.; Im, K.; Schmitt, A.L.; Mahanthappa, M.K.; Polydispersity-induced stabilization of a disordered bicontinuous morphology in ABA triblock copolymers.  Macromolecules, 2010, 43 (19), pp 7913–79152. 

2. Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.; Weber, R.L.; Schmitt, A.L.; Mahnathappa, M.K.; Poly(vinyl ester-b-vinyl alcohol) surfactants derived from poly(vinyl esters) block copolymers. Macromolecules, 2010, 43 (19), pp 7900–7902

3. Wang, Fei; Hwang, Y.; Qian, P. Z. G.; Wang, X.; A statistic-guided approach to precise characterization of nanowire morphology. ACS Nano, 2010, 4 (2), 855 - 862.

4. Selinsky, Rachel S.; Han, J. H.; Morales Perez, E. A.; Guzei, I. A.; Jin, S.; Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Gd Doped EuS Nanocrystals with Enhanced Curie TemperaturesJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, pp 15997-16005

5. Szezech, Jeannine. R.; Lukowski, M. A.; Jin, S. “Synthesis of Mesoporous Si1-xGexO2 Using a Nonionic Block Copolymer Template” J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, pp 8389-8393.

6. Nelson, C. A.; Szezech, Jeannine R.; Zhu, H.; Xu, Q.; Lawrence, M. J.; Jin, S.; Ge, Y. “Effective Enrichment and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Phosphopeptides Using Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanomaterials” Anal. Chem. 2010, pp 7193-7201.

7. Morin, S. A.; Bierman, Matthew. J.; Tong, J.; Jin, S. “Mechanism and Kinetics of Spontaneous Nanotube Growth Driven by DislocationsScience, 2010, 328, pp 476-480

8. Jin, S.; Bierman, Matthew. J.; Morin, S. A. “A New Twist on Nanowire Formation: Screw-Dislocation-Driven Growth of Nanowires and Nanotubes” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1 (9), pp 1472-1480

9. Schmitt, A. L.; Higgins, J. M.; Szczech, Jeannine. R.; Jin, S. “Synthesis and Applications of Metal Silicide Nanowires” J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, pp 223-235

10. Szczech, Jeannine R.; Jin, Song; “Epitaxially-hyperbranched FeSi Nanowires Exhibiting Merohedral Twinning” J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, pp 1275-1382.

11. Gerken, J. B.; Landis, Elizabeth C.; Hamers, R. J.; Stahl, S. S. "Fluoride-modulated Cobalt Catalysts for Electrochemical Oxidation of Water under Non-alkaline Conditions", Chem. Sus. Chem. 2010, 3, 1176-1179

12. Stavis, Courtney L.; Clare, T. L.; Butler, J. E.; Radadia, A. D.; Carr, R.; Zeng, H.; King, W.; Carlisle, J. A.; Aksimentiev, A.; Bashir, R.; Hamers, R. J. “Surface functionalization of thin-film diamond for highly stable and selective biological interfaces”, Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 2010, 108, 983-988

13. Wang, Xiaoyu; Landis, Elizabeth C.; Franking, R.; Hamers, R. J. "Surface Chemistry for Stable and Smart Molecular and Biomolecular Interfaces via Photochemical Grafting of Alkenes", Acounts of Chemical Research 2010, 43,1205-1215

14. Wang, Xiaoyu; Ruther, Rose E.; Streifer, J. A.; Hamers, R. J. "UV-induced Grafting of Alkenes to Silicon Surfaces: Photoemission vs. Excitons", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132, 4048-4049

15. Hamers, R. J.; Chambers, S. A.; Evans, P. E.; Franking, R.; Gerbec, Z.; Gopalan, P.; Kim, H.; Landis, Elizabeth C.; Li, B.; McCoy, Michael W.; Ohsawa, T.; Ruther, Rose E. "Molecular and Biomolecular Interfaces to Metal Oxide Semiconductors", Physica Status Solidi c, 2010, 7 (2), 200-205.


1. Lau, A. Y.K.; Chernak, D. J.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, S.; “Formation of PbS Nanowire Pine Trees Driven by Screw Dislocations” J. Am. Chem. Soc.131 2009, 45, pp 16461-16471

2. Selinsky, Rachel; Keavney, D. J.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, S.; “Element-Specific Magnetometry of EuS Nanocrystals” Appl. Phys. Lett. 2009, 95, pp 202501-1

3. Bierman, Matthew. J.; Jin, S.; “Potential Applications of Hierarchical Branching Nanowires in Solar Energy Conversion” Energy Environ. Sci.20092, pp 1050-1059

4. Nelson, C. A.; Szczech, Jeannine. R.; Xu, Q.; Lawrence, M. J., Jin, S.; Ge, Y.; “Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanomaterials Effectively Enrich Phosphopeptides for Mass Spectrometry-based Phosphoproteomics” Chem. Commun., 2009, pp 6607-6609

5. Lau, Y.K. Albert; Chernak, Davin J.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, Song; Epitaxial growth of hierarchical PbS nanowiresJournal of Materials Chemistry, 2009, 19, pp 934-940

6. Metz, K. M.; Mangham, A. N.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, S. Hamers, R. J.; Pederson, J. A.; Engineered Nanomaterial Transformation under Oxidative Environmental Conditions: Development of an in vitro Biomimetic AssayEnvironmental Science and Technology, 2009, 43 (5), 1598-1604.

7. Landis, Elizabeth C.; Klein, K. L.; Liao, A.; Pop, E.; Hensley, D. K.; Melechko, A. V.; Hamers, R. J. "Covalent Functionalization and Electron-transfer Properties of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers: The Importance of Edge-plane Sites", Chemistry of Materials, 2009, 22, 2357-2366

8. Paoprasert, P.; Spalenka, J. W.; Peterson, D. L.; Ruther, Rose E.; Hamers, R. J.; Evans, P. E.; Gopalan, P. "Grafting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) brushes on oxide surfaces using click chemistry", Chemistry of Materials, 2010,20, 9898-9907

9. Li, B.; Franking, R.; Landis, Elizabeth C.; Kim, H.; Hamers, R. J. "Photochemical Grafting and Patterning of Biomolecular Layers onto TiO2 Thin Films", Langmuir, 2009, 1, 1013-1022

10. Landis, Elizabeth C. and Hamers, R. J. "Covalent Grafting of Redox-active Molecules to Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber Arrays Using "Click" Chemistry", Chemistry of Materials, 2009, 21, 724-730


1.   Bierman, Matthew J.; Lau, A.Y.K.; Kvit, A. V.; Schmitt, A. L.; Jin, S.; Dislocation-Driven Nanowire Growth and Eshelby TwistScience, 2008, 320 (5879), pp 1060-1063

2. Szczech, Jeannine R.; Jin, S.; Mg2Si Nanocomposite Converted from Diatomaceous Earth as a Potential Thermoelectric NanomaterialJ. of Solid State Chem., 2008, 181, pp 1565-1570.

3. Landis, Elizabeth C. and Hamers, R. J. “Covalent Grafting of Ferrocene to Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers: Electron-Transfer Processes at Nanostructured Electrodes”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2008, 112, 16910-16918


1. Bierman, Matthew J.; Lau, Y.K.A.; Jin, S.; Hyperbranched PbS and PbSe Nanowires and the Effect of Hydrogen Gas on Their SynthesisNano Lett. 2007, 7, pp 2907

2. Bierman, Matthew J.; Van Heuvelen, K.M.; Schmeisser, D.; Brunold, T.C.; Jin, S.; Ferromagnetic Semiconducting EuO NanorodsAdv. Mater. 2007, 19, pp 2677

3. Szczech, Jeannine R.; Schmitt, A.L.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Jin, S.; Single-Crystal Semiconducting Chromium Disilicide Nanowires Synthesized via Chemical Vapor TransportChem. Mater. 2007, 19, pp 3238

4. Zhou, F; Szczech, Jeannine R.; Pettes, M.T.; Moore, A.L.; Jin, S.; Shi, L.; Determination of Transport Properties in Chromium Disilicide Nanowires via Combined Thermoelectric and Structural CharacterizationsNano Lett. 2007, 7, pp 1649


1. Schmitt, A.L.; Bierman, Matthew J.; Schmeisser, D.; Himpsel, F.J.; Jin, S.; Synthesis and Properties of Single-Crystal FeSi NanowiresNano Lett., 2006, 6, pp 1617-1621