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ME Dept. Seminar, Prof. Morgan Stefik

Friday, March 25, 2016
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus
Pharmacy/Biology Bldg. Rm. 131

Title: Precision Nanomaterials from Block Copolymers

Speaker: Morgan Stefik, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Abstract: The ability to tune nanoscale features in traditional materials can enable new properties or enhanced performance in technologies ranging from optoelectronics to supercapacitors to solar devices. Our lab takes inspiration from the promise of nanomaterials chemistry to advance the capabilities of devices for both energy conversion and storage. One of our core strategies is the design of novel block copolymer self-assembly systems that enable new levels of precision fabrication. In my talk, I will focus on recent developments where thermodynamic concepts are used to direct micelle entrapment for precision control during nanostructure self-assembly. The resulting tunable isomorphic architectures have widespread applications to advance (photo)electrochemical devices. In the second part of the talk, examples will be given for how these techniques may be applied to advance pseudocapacitors, solar water splitting devices, and photovoltaics.

Biography: Morgan Stefik obtained his bachelor degree in Materials Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2005 before completing doctoral studies in Materials Science at Cornell University under Prof. U. Wiesner and Prof. F. J. DiSalvo in 2010. After two years of postdoctoral research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne with Prof. M. Grätzel, he joined the University of South Carolina in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is the founding director of the NSF supported South Carolina SAXS Collaborative. His research focuses on nanomaterials chemistry with emphasis on self-assembly techniques and atomic layer deposition.


Michael T. Pettes

Institute of Material Science (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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