Current Research

Our research interests are aligned along the following themes:

  • Solid-state inorganic materials exhibiting unusual chemical bonding motifs and electronic instabilities
  • Spectroscopy and chemical imaging of the electronic structure of 2D materials, nanomaterials, and interfaces
  • Developing metal—organic syntheses for the rational growth of metal oxide and oxyhalide nanocrystals
  • Functional nanocomposites and thin films with an emphasis on corrosion inhibition and lightweighting
  • Much of our research program is directed at understanding the interplay between geometric and electronic structure at interfaces as well as in solid-state materials and to examine how this translates to functional properties. Our research thus spans the range from materials synthesis, mechanistic understanding of crystal growth processes, and structural characterization to device integration and mechanistic studies of catalysis and intercalation phenomena. We further seek to translate fundamental understanding of interfaces and materials to develop functional thin films and devices for a wide range of applications ranging from Mott memory to thermochromic window coatings and thin films for the corrosion protection of steel.

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    1. Colossal Metal—Insulator Transition Materials
    Perhaps the most ubiquitous example of a phase transition is the melting of ice to liquid water. In our research, we are especially interested in solid—solid phase transformations that can be as dramatic in terms of changes in physical properties and are quite significant for technological applications. In particular, we are interested in phase transitions that are accompanied by abrupt changes in electronic properties (metal—insulator transitions, charge ordering—delocalization, charge density waves). In much of our research, we use binary and ternary vanadium oxides as our primary test cases to explore the influence of finite size and doping on metal—insulator phase transitions as well as to extract design principles for stabilization of new charge ordering motifs in mixed-valence solid-state compounds. This approach has enabled the rational design of novel ternary vanadium bronze phases characterized by colossal metal insulator transitions that span several orders of magnitude.

    Metal-insulator transition
    A rather practical application of the pronounced above-room temperature metal—insulator transitions of VO2 and ternary vanadium oxide bronzes is as dynamic glazing components for "smart" window coatings designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The infrared part of the solar spectrum is primarily responsible for the heating of interiors (solar heat gain). The metallic phase of vanadium oxides tend to be infrared reflective and preclude solar heat gain, thereby preventing the heating of interiors at high ambient temperatures; however, at low temperatures, a phase transition to the insulating phase occurs and being infrared transparent, this phase permits solar radiation to heat the interiors.

    Smart Window
    Our primary goal in this area is to develop a detailed understanding of the structural phase progression and alterations in local geometric and electronic structure as strongly correlated materials undergo electronic phase transitions. Fundamental mechanistic understanding of the phase transitions is used to inform the design of novel doping schemes and entirely new compositions that exhibit colossal metal—insulator transitions. We have enjoyed considerable success with this rational design approach, obtaining precise control over charge ordering motifs and leading to the discovery of numerous compounds exhibiting colossal metal—insulator transitions in close proximity to room temperature. Ongoing research focuses on designing quantum corral structures based on precise and tunable separation of charge along 1D tunnels and layers of vanadium oxide bronze structures.

    2. Measuring and Mapping Electronic Structure
    A major thrust of our research program involves examination of chemical bonding at interfaces of graphene with metals, dielectrics, and organic molecules through the development of polarized near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) tools in conjunction with electrical transport measurements and density functional theory modeling. In a similar vein, we are using these techniques to study lithiation processes in Ag2VO2PO4 and V2O5 to inform the design of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.
    Using polarized NEXAFS in conjunction with STXM allowed us to map local electronic corrugations of free-standing graphene grown via chemical vapor deposition (Nat. Commun. 2011, 2, 372/1-8), and to detect locally doped regions. The corrugations and doped regions represent some of the most formidable impediments that need to be resolved for manifestation of true Dirac physics in graphene.
    In other work, we observed the substrate hybridization of the graphene Π cloud with dz2 orbitals of Cu and Ni substrates when graphene is grown atop these metals by chemical vapor deposition (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 1247-1253; Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 494-502). In recent work, we deployed principal component analysis to scanning transmission X-ray microscopy data acquired for graphene oxide and mapped out the chemical group distribution at the edges and interior domains of graphene oxide (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 3144-3151). Our ongoing research thrusts are focused on (a) mapping lithiation pathways in cathode materials for Li-ion batteries; (b) developing an orbital-specific description of mechanisms of metal—insulator transitions; and (c) electronic structure mapping of dopant-induced inhomogeneities in graphene.

    3. Solution-Phase Routes to Oxide and Oxyhalide Nanocrystals
    We attempt to use low-temperature solution-chemistry starting with metal—organic precursors to capture different polymorphs and morphologies of metal oxides and oxyhalides. We have focused primarily on mixed metal HfxZr1-xO2 and CexHf1-xO2 as well as REOX (RE: rare earth; X: halide) nanocrystals from the non-hydrolytic condensation of metal alkoxides and metal chlorides. By varying steric and electronic parameters on added ligands and metal alkoxide precursors as well as precursor addition rates we are able to achieve very precise control of the stoichiometry, phase, and size of the nanocrystals. Most notably, the kinetics of the reaction can be altered based on choice of the precursor to trap specific polymorphs at room temperature. In recent work, we've shown that the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transition in nanorods of hafnium dioxide induces ferroelastic domain formation, yielding a "bar-code"-like pattern of twin variants. This synthetic approach has also been extended to facilitate ligand exchange and condensation yielding ternary rare-earth oxyhalide nanocrystals in the matlockite phase. The potential applicability of solid solution REOCl nanostructures as phosphors is illustrated by demonstrating the upconversion of near-infrared illumination to green and red emission by Er3+:GdOCl nanocrystals. Our ongoing research is focused on synthesis, doping, and fundamental physical property measurements of thin nanosheets of layered REOX phases and on developing high-refractive-index and high-dielectric constant films of mixed metal oxides. Another area of research seeks to correlate the steric and electronic properties of ligands and precursors to the eventual morphologies and dimensions of the nanocrystals.

    Oxyhalide Nanocrystals

    4. Nanocomposites and coatings
    We are interested in developing polymer/nanoparticle hybrid coatings for corrosion protection of steels as well as metal matrix and polymer composites for "light and strong" applications. We are particularly interested in the use of nanoscale magnesium and graphene in conjunction with carbon nanotubes to fabricate composites that inhibit corrosion of low alloy steels at low coating thicknesses. Our modular design of coatings is based on an "active—passive" approach incorporating both barrier-type performance as well as electrochemically active components that disrupt the formation of corrosion cells on the metal surface. Tailoring the surface functionalization of the nanoparticle fillers allows for good dispersion within polymer matrices, which is critical for corrosion inhibition as well as for mechanical properties of the composites.

    Corrosion Coating

    All Publications

    177) Udayakantha M, Schofield P, Waetzig GR, Banerjee S. A full palette: Crystal chemistry, polymorphism, synthetic strategies, and functional applications of lanthanide oxyhalides. Journal of Solid State Chemistry. 2019, 270, 569-92. Abstract

    176) Hwangbo M, Claycomb EC, Liu Y, Alivio TE, Banerjee S, Chu KH. Effectiveness of zinc oxide-assisted photocatalysis for concerned constituents in reclaimed wastewater: 1, 4-Dioxane, trihalomethanes, antibiotics, antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Science of The Total Environment. 2019, 649, 1189-97. Abstract

    175) Davidson RD, Cubides Y, Fincher C, McLain C, Pharr M, Castaneda H, Banerjee S. Tortuosity but not Percolation: Design of Graphene Nanocomposite Coatings for the Extended Corrosion Protection of Aluminum Alloys. Abstract

    174) Davidson R, Verma A, Santos D, Hao F, Fincher C, Xiang S, Buskirk JV, Xie K, Pharr M, Mukherjee PP, Banerjee S. Formation of Magnesium Dendrites during Electrodeposition. ACS Energy Letters. 2018, 4(2), 375-6. Abstract

    173) Cho J, Sheng A, Suwandaratne N, Wangoh L, Andrews JL, Zhang P, Piper LF, Watson DF, Banerjee S. The Middle Road Less Taken: Electronic-Structure-Inspired Design of Hybrid Photocatalytic Platforms for Solar Fuel Generation. Accounts of chemical research. 2018. Abstract

    172) Abada B, Alivio TE, Shao Y, O'Loughlin TE, Klemashevich C, Banerjee S, Jayaraman A, Chu KH. Photodegradation of fluorotelomer carboxylic 5: 3 acid and perfluorooctanoic acid using zinc oxide. Environmental Pollution. 2018, 243, 637-44. Abstract

    171) Andrews JL, Banerjee S. It’s Not Over until the Big Ion Dances: Potassium Gets Its Groove On. Joule. 2018, 2(11), 2194-7. Abstract

    170) Andrews JL, Cho J, Wangoh L, Suwandaratne N, Sheng A, Chauhan S, Nieto K, Mohr A, Kadassery KJ, Popeil MR, Thakur PK, Sfeir M, Lacy DC, Lee TL, Zhang P, Watson DF, Piper LFJ, Banerjee S. Hole Extraction by Design in Photocatalytic Architectures Interfacing CdSe Quantum Dots with Topochemically Stabilized Tin Vanadium Oxide. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2018, 140(49), 17163-74. Abstract

    169) Cho J, Waetzig GR, Udayakantha M, Hong CY, Banerjee S. Incorporation of Hydroxyethylcellulose-Functionalized Halloysite as a Means of Decreasing the Thermal Conductivity of Oilwell Cement. Scientific reports. 2018, 8(1), 16149. Abstract

    168) Fleer NA, Pelcher KE, Nieto K, Braham EJ, Zou J, Horrocks GA, Naoi Y, Depner SW, Schultz BJ, Amano J, Sellers DG, Banerjee S. Elucidating the Crystallite Size Dependence of the Thermochromic Properties of Nanocomposite VO2 Thin Films. ACS Omega. 2018, 3(10), 14280-93. Abstract

    167) Clarke H, Caraway BD, Sellers DG, Braham EJ, Banerjee S, Arróyave R, Shamberger PJ. Nucleation-controlled hysteresis in unstrained hydrothermal VO2 particles. Physical Review Materials. 2018, 2(10), 103402. Abstract

    166) Luo Y, De Jesus LR, Andrews JL, Parija A, Fleer N, Robles DJ, Mukherjee PP, Banerjee S. Roadblocks in Cation Diffusion Pathways: Implications of Phase Boundaries for Li-Ion Diffusivity in an Intercalation Cathode Material. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 2018, 10(36), 30901-11. Abstract

    165) Cho J, Banerjee S. Ligand-Directed Stabilization of Ternary Phases: Synthetic Control of Structural Dimensionality in Solution-Grown Cesium Lead Bromide Nanocrystals. Chemistry of Materials. 2018, 30(17), 6144-55. Abstract

    164) Braham EJ, Andrews JL, Alivio TE, Fleer NA, Banerjee S. Stabilization of a Metastable Tunnel‐Structured Orthorhombic Phase of VO2 upon Iridium Doping. physica status solidi (a). 2018, 215(16), 1700884. Abstract

    163) Parija A, Waetzig GR, Andrews JL, Banerjee S. Traversing energy landscapes away from equilibrium: strategies for accessing and utilizing metastable phase space. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2018, 122(45), 25709-28. Abstract

    162) Alivio TE, Fleer NA, Singh J, Nadadur G, Feng M, Banerjee S, Sharma VK. Stabilization of Ag–Au Bimetallic Nanocrystals in Aquatic Environments Mediated by Dissolved Organic Matter: A Mechanistic Perspective. Environmental science & technology. 2018, 52(13), 7269-78. Abstract

    161) Waetzig GR, Horrocks GA, Jude JW, Villalpando GV, Zuin L, Banerjee S. Ligand-Mediated Control of Dopant Oxidation State and X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence in Eu-Doped LaOCl. Inorganic chemistry. 2018, 57(10), 5842-9. Abstract

    160) Parija A, Choi YH, Liu Z, Andrews JL, De Jesus LR, Fakra SC, Al-Hashimi M, Batteas JD, Prendergast D, Banerjee S. Mapping Catalytically Relevant Edge Electronic States of MoS2. ACS central science. 2018, 4(4), 493-503. Abstract

    159) De Jesus LR, Andrews JL, Parija A, Banerjee S. Defining diffusion pathways in intercalation cathode materials: some lessons from V2O5 on directing cation traffic. ACS Energy Letters. 2018, 3(4), 915-31. Abstract

    158) O’Loughlin TE, Ngamassi FE, McKay P, Banerjee S. Separation of viscous oil emulsions using three-dimensional nanotetrapodal ZnO membranes. Energy & fuels. 2018, 32(4), 4894-902. Abstract

    157) Andrews JL, Mukherjee A, Yoo HD, Parija A, Marley PM, Fakra S, Prendergast D, Cabana J, Klie RF, Banerjee S. Reversible Mg-ion insertion in a metastable one-dimensional polymorph of V2O5. Chem. 2018, 4(3), 564-85. Abstract

    156) Rojas WY, Winter AD, Grote J, Kim SS, Naik RR, Williams AD, Weiland C, Principe E, Fischer DA, Banerjee S, Prendergast D. Strain and Bond Length Dynamics upon Growth and Transfer of Graphene by NEXAFS Spectroscopy from First-Principles and Experiment. Langmuir. 2018, 34(4), 1783-94. Abstract

    155) Waetzig GR, Horrocks GA, Davidson RD, Jude JW, Villalpando GV, Zuin L, Banerjee S. In a Different Light: Deciphering Optical and X-ray Sensitization Mechanisms in an Expanded Palette of LaOCl Phosphors. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2018, 122(28), 16412-23. Abstract

    154) De Jesus LR, Stein P, Andrews JL, Luo Y, Xu BX, Banerjee S. Striping modulations and strain gradients within individual particles of a cathode material upon lithiation. Materials Horizons. 2018, 5(3), 486-98. Abstract

    153) Braham EJ, Sellers D, Emmons E, Villarreal R, Asayesh-Ardakani H, Fleer NA, Farley KE, Shahbazian-Yassar R, Arròyave R, Shamberger PJ, Banerjee S. Modulating the Hysteresis of an Electronic Transition: Launching Alternative Transformation Pathways in the Metal–Insulator Transition of Vanadium (IV) Oxide. Chemistry of Materials. 2017, 30(1), 214-24. Abstract

    152) Horrocks GA, Parija A, De Jesus LR, Wangoh L, Sallis S, Luo Y, Andrews JL, Jude J, Jaye C, Fischer DA, Prendergast D, Piper LFJ, Banerjee S. Mitigating cation diffusion limitations and intercalation-induced framework transitions in a 1D tunnel-structured polymorph of V2O5. Chemistry of Materials. 2017, 29(24), 10386-97. Abstract

    151) Waetzig GR, Cho J, Lacroix M, Banerjee S. Building on Sub-Arctic Soil: Geopolymerization of Muskeg to a Densified Load-Bearing Composite. Scientific reports. 2017, 7(1), 14711. Abstract

    150) Fleer NA, Pelcher KE, Zou J, Nieto K, Douglas LD, Sellers DG, Banerjee S. Hybrid nanocomposite films comprising dispersed VO2 nanocrystals: A scalable aqueous-phase route to thermochromic fenestration. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 2017, 9(44), 38887-900. Abstract

    149) Andrews JL, Singh S, Kilcoyne C, Shamberger PJ, Sambandamurthy G, Banerjee S. Memristive response of a new class of hydrated vanadium oxide intercalation compounds. MRS Communications. 2017, 7(3), 634-41. Abstract

    148) Horrocks GA, De Jesus LR, Andrews JL, Banerjee S. X-ray spectroscopy and imaging as multiscale probes of intercalation phenomena in cathode materials. JOM. 2017, 69(9), 1469-77. Abstract

    147) O’Loughlin TE, Dennis RV, Fleer NA, Alivio TE, Ruus S, Wood J, Gupta S, Banerjee S. Biomimetic Plastronic Surfaces for Handling of Viscous Oil. Energy & Fuels. 2017, 31(9), 9337-44. Abstract

    146) Banerjee S, Horrocks G Research Foundation of State University of New York, assignee. Vo2 and v2o5 nano-and micro-materials and processes of making and uses of same. United States patent application US 15/506,422, 2017. Abstract

    145) Tolhurst TM, Andrews JL, Leedahl B, Marley PM, Banerjee S, Moewes A. Structure‐Induced Switching of the Band Gap, Charge Order, and Correlation Strength in Ternary Vanadium Oxide Bronzes. Chemistry–A European Journal. 2017, 23(41), 9846-56. Abstract

    144) Winter AD, Rojas WY, Williams AD, Kim SS, Ouchen F, Fischer DA, Weiland C, Principe E, Banerjee S, Huynh C, Naik RR. Monitoring deformation in graphene through hyperspectral synchrotron spectroscopy to inform fabrication. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2017, 121(29), 15653-64. Abstract

    143) Parija A, Prendergast D, Banerjee S. Evaluation of multivalent cation insertion in single-and double-layered polymorphs of V2O5. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 2017 Jul 3, 9(28), 23756-65. Abstract

    142) Banerjee S, Pelcher KE, Research Foundation of State University of New York, assignee. Composite nanomaterials and micromaterials, films of same, and methods of making and uses of same. United States patent application US 15/304,953. 2017. Abstract

    141) Chalker CJ, An H, Zavala J, Parija A, Banerjee S, Lutkenhaus JL, Batteas JD. Fabrication and electrochemical performance of structured mesoscale open shell V2O5 networks. Langmuir. 2017, 33(24), 5975-81. Abstract

    140) Alivio TE, Sellers DG, Asayesh-Ardakani H, Braham EJ, Horrocks GA, Pelcher KE, Villareal R, Zuin L, Shamberger PJ, Arróyave R, Shahbazian-Yassar R, Banerjee S. Postsynthetic Route for Modifying the Metal-Insulator Transition of VO2 by Interstitial Dopant Incorporation. Chemistry of Materials. 2017, 29(12), 5401-12. Abstract

    139) O'Loughlin TE, Martens S, Ren SR, McKay P, Banerjee S. Orthogonal wettability of hierarchically textured metal meshes as a means of separating water/oil emulsions. Advanced Engineering Materials. 2017, 19(5), 1600808. Abstract

    138) Andrews JL, De Jesus LR, Tolhurst TM, Marley PM, Moewes A, Banerjee S. Intercalation-induced exfoliation and thickness-modulated electronic structure of a layered ternary vanadium oxide. Chemistry of Materials. 2017, 29(7), 3285-94. Abstract

    137) Banerjee S, McNally T. Emerging investigators in materials science 2015–2016. Materials Research Express. 2017, 4(1), 010401. Abstract

    136) Asayesh-Ardakani H, Yao W, Nie A, Marley PM, Braham E, Klie RF, Banerjee S, Shahbazian-Yassar R. Direct evidence of M2 phase during the monoclinic-tetragonal (rutile) phase transition of W-doped VO2 nanowires. Applied Physics Letters. 2017, 110(5), 053107. Abstract

    135) Fowler DA, Arroyave R, Ross J, Malak R, Banerjee S. Looking outwards from the central science: An interdisciplinary perspective on graduate education in materials chemistry Educational and Outreach Projects From the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Undergraduate and Graduate Education. 2017, 1, 65-89. Abstract

    134) Tolhurst TM, Leedahl B, Andrews JL, Banerjee S, Moewes A. The electronic structure of ε′-V2O5: an expanded band gap in a double-layered polymorph with increased interlayer separation Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5(45), 23694-703. Abstract

    133) De Jesus LR, Zhao Y, Horrocks GA, Andrews JL, Stein P, Xu BX, Banerjee S. Lithiation across interconnected V2O5 nanoparticle networks Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5(38), 20141-52. Abstract

    132) Zhao Y, De Jesus LR, Stein P, Horrocks GA, Banerjee S, Xu BX. Modeling of phase separation across interconnected electrode particles in lithium-ion batteries RSC Advances. 2017, 7(65), 41254-64. Abstract

    131) Cho J, Jin H, Sellers DG, Watson DF, Son DH, Banerjee S. Influence of ligand shell ordering on dimensional confinement of cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr 3) perovskite nanoplatelets Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2017, 5(34), 8810-8. Abstract

    130) Bethany Hudak, Sean W. Depner, Gregory R. Waetzig, Anjana Talapatra, Raymundo Arroyave, Sarbajit Banerjee,* and Beth S. Guiton,* Real-time Atomistic Observation of Structural Phase Transformations in Individual Hafnia Nanorods Nature Communications 2017, 8, 15316. Abstract

    129) Gregory A. Horrocks, Luis R. De Jesus, Justin L. Andrews, and Sarbajit Banerjee* X-ray Spectroscopy and Imaging as Multiscale Probes of Intercalation Phenomena in Cathode Materials JOM: The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-017-2398-3. Abstract

    128) Cody J Chalker, Hyosung An, Jose Alejandro Zavala, Abhishek Parija, Sarbajit Banerjee, Jodie L Lutkenhaus,* James D Batteas,* Fabrication and Electrochemical Performance of Structured Mesoscale Open Shell V2O5 Networks Langmuir 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b04163. Abstract

    127) Justin L Andrews, Luis R De Jesus, Thomas M Tolhurst, Peter M Marley, Alexander Moewes, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Intercalation-induced Exfoliation and Thickness-modulated Electronic Structure of a Layered Ternary Vanadium Oxide Chemistry of Materials 2017, 29, 3285-3294. Abstract

    126) Yun-Hyuk Choi, Junsang Cho, Allen M Lunsford, Mohammed Al-Hashimi, Lei Fang, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Mapping the Electrocatalytic Activity of MoS2 across its Amorphous to Crystalline Transition Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2017, 5, 5129 – 5141. Abstract

    125) Thomas E O'Loughlin, Sean Martens, Suchang Ren, Patrick McKay, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Orthogonal Wettability of Hierarchically Textured Metal Meshes as a Means of Separating Water/Oil Emulsions Advanced Engineering Materials 2017, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201600808. Abstract

    124) Hasti Asayesh-Ardakani, Wentao Yao, Anmin Nie, Peter M. Marley, Erick Braham, Robert F. Klie, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Reza Shahbazian-Yassar Direct Evidence of M2 Phase during the Monoclinic-Tetragonal (Rutile) Phase Transition of W-Doped VO2 Nanowires Applied Physics Letters 2017, 110, 053107/1-4. Abstract

    123) Kate E. Pelcher, Christopher C. Milleville, Linda Wangoh, Junsang Cho, Aaron Sheng, Saurabh Chauhan, Matthew Y. Sfeir, Louis F. J. Piper, David F. Watson,* Sarbajit Banerjee,* Programming Interfacial Energetic Offsets and Charge Transfer in β-Pb0.33V2O5/Quantum-Dot Heterostructures: Tuning Valence-Band Edges to Overlap with Midgap States Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 28992–29001. Abstract

    122) Gregory A. Horrocks, Erick J. Braham, Yufeng Liang, Luis De Jesus, Joshua Jude, Jesus M. Velazquez, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Vanadium K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy as a Probe of the Heterogeneous Lithiation of V2O5: First Principles Modeling and Principal Component Analysis Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 23922–23932. Abstract

    121) Junsang Cho, Yun-Hyuk Choi, Thomas E. O’Loughlin, Luis De Jesus, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Ligand-Mediated Modulation of Layer Thicknesses of Perovskite Methylammonium Lead Bromide Nanoplatelets Chemistry of Materials 2016, 28, 6909-6916 Abstract

    120) Zhixiao Liu, Luis R. DeJesus, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Partha P. Mukherjee,* A Mechanistic Evaluation of LixOy Formation on δ-MnO2 in Non-Aqueous Li-air Batteries ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2016. Abstract

    120) Yun-Hyuk Choi, Jongbok Lee, Abhishek Parija, Junsang Cho, Stanislav Verkhoturov Mohammed Al-Hashimi, Lei Fang, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* An In Situ Sulfidation Approach for the Integration of MoS2 Nanosheets on Carbon Fiber Paper and the Modulation of its Electrocatalytic Activity by Interfacing with nC60 ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 6246–6254 Abstract

    119) Abhishek Parija, Yufeng Liang, Justin Andrews, Luis R. De Jesus, David G. Prendergast, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Topochemically De-Intercalated Phases of V2O5 as Cathode Materials for Multivalent Intercalation Batteries: A First-Principles Evaluation Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 28, 5611–5620. Abstract

    118) Gregory Waetzig, Sean W. Depner, Hasti Asayesh-Ardekani, Nicholas D. Cultrara, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Stabilizing Metastable Tetragonal HfO2 using a Non- Hydrolytic Solution-Phase Route: Ligand Exchange as a Means of Controlling Particle Size Chemical Science 2016, 7, 4930-4939 Abstract

    117) Christopher C Milleville, Kate E Pelcher, Matthew Y Sfeir, Sarbajit Banerjee,* David F Watson,* Directional Charge Transfer Mediated by Mid-Gap States: A Transient Absorption Spectroscopy Study of CdSe Quantum Dot/β-Pb0.33V2O5 Heterostructures Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 5221- 5232. Abstract

    116) Luis R. De Jesus, Gregory A. Horrocks, Yufeng Liang, Abhishek Parija, Cherno Jaye, Linda Wangoh, Jian Wang, Daniel A. Fischer, Louis F.J. Piper, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Mapping Polaronic States and Lithiation Gradients in Individual V2O5 Nanowires Nature Communications 2016, 7, 12022, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12022. Abstract

    115) Thomas M. Tolhurst, Brett Leedahl, Justin L. Andrews, Peter M. Marley, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Alexander Moewes,* Contrasting 1D Tunnel-Structured and 2D Layered Polymorphs of V2O5: Relating Crystal Structure and Bonding to Band Gaps and Electronic Structure Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 15798-15806. Abstract

    114) Gregory Waetzig, Gregory A. Horrocks, Joshua Jude, Lucia Zuin, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* X-ray Excited Photoluminescence near the Giant Resonance in Solid-Solution Gd1-xTbxOCl Nanocrystals and its Retention Upon Solvothermal Topotactic Transformation to Gd1-xTbxF3. Nanoscale 2016, 8, 979-986. Abstract

    113) Hasti Asayesh-Ardakani; Anmin Nie; Peter M. Marley; Sujay K. Singh; F. Mashayek; G. Sambandamurthy.; K.-B. Low; Robert F. Klie; Sarbajit Banerjee, Gregory M. Odegard, Reza Shahbazian- Yassar,* Atomic Origins of Monoclinic-Tetragonal (Rutile) Phase Transition in Doped VO2 Nanowires. Nano Letters 2015, 15, 7179–7188. Abstract

    112) Sujay Singh, Gregory A. Horrocks, Peter M. Marley, Zhenzhong Shi, Sarbajit Banerjee, and G. Sambandamurthy,* Proliferation of Metallic Domains Caused by Inhomogeneous Heating near the Electrically-Driven Transition in VO2 Nanobeams, Phys. Rev. B, 2015, 92, 155121. Abstract

    111) Theodore E. G. Alivio, Luis R. De Jesus, Robert V. Dennis, Ye Jia, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, Uttam Singisetti, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Atomic Layer Deposition of Hafnium (IV) Oxide on Graphene Oxide: Probing Interfacial Chemistry and Nucleation by using X‐ray Absorption and Photoelectron Spectroscopies, ChemPhysChem, 2015, in press. Abstract

    110) William L. Friesen, Brian J. Schultz, Joel F. Destino, Theodore E. G. Alivio, Joseph R. Steet, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Troy D. Wood,* Two-Dimensional Graphene as a Matrix for MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrometry, 2015, in press. Abstract

    109) Adam A. Stabile, Sujay K. Singh, Tai-Lung Wu, Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Sarbajit Banerjee, and G. Sambandamurthy,* Separating Electric Field and Thermal Effects Across the Metal-Insulator Transition in Vanadium Oxide Nanobeams, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2015, in press. Abstract

    108) Katie E. Farley, Zhenzhong Shi, Sambandamurthy Ganapathy,* and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Charge Density Waves in Individual Nanoribbons of Orthorhombic-TaS3, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 18374-18379. Abstract

    107) Robert V. Dennis, Vikas Patil, Justin L. Andrews, Jeffrey P. Aldinger, Ganapati D. Yadav, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Hybrid Nanostructured Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Base Metals: A Sustainability Perspective, Materials Research Express 2015, 2, 032001/1-23 (Invited Review Article). Abstract

    106) Peter M. Marley, Gregory A. Horrocks, Kate E. Pelcher, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Transformers: The Changing Phases of Low-Dimensional Vanadium Oxide Bronzes, Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 5181-5198 (2015 Emerging Investigators Honoree). Abstract

    105) Kate E. Pelcher, Christopher C. Milleville, Linda Wangoh, Saurabh Chauhan, Matthew R. Crawley, Louis F. J. Piper, David F. Watson,* and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Integrating β-Pb0.33V2O5 Nanowires with CdSe Quantum Dots: Towards Nanoscale Heterostructures with Tunable Interfacial Energetic Offsets, Chemistry of Materials 2015, 27, 2468-2479. Abstract

    104) Kenneth R. Kort, P. Y. Hung, Gennadi Bersuker, Wei-Yip Loh, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Determination of Free Electron Density in Sequentially Doped InxGa1-xAs by Raman Spectroscopy, Applied Spectroscopy, 2015, 69, 239-242. Abstract

    103) Peter M. Marley, Tesfaye A. Abtew, Katie E. Farley, Gregory A. Horrocks, Robert V. Dennis, Peihong Zhang, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Emptying and Filling a Tunnel Bronze, Chemical Science 2015, 6, 1712-1718. Abstract

    102) Kenneth R. Kort and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Ligand-Mediated Control of Dislocation Dynamics and Resulting Particle Morphology of GdOCl Nanocrystals, Small 2015, 11, 329-334. Abstract

    101) Vikas Patil, Robert V. Dennis, Tapan K. Rout, Sarbajit Banerjee,* and Ganapati D. Yadav,* Graphene Oxide and Functionalized Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Epoxy Curing Agents: A Novel Synthetic Approach to Nanocomposites Containing Active Nanostructured Fillers, RSC Advances 2014, 4, 49264-49272. Abstract

    100) Gregory A. Horrocks, Sujay K. Singh, Maliek F. Likely, G. Sambandamurthy, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Scalable Hydrothermal Preparation of VO2 Nanowires in the M1 Phase, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014, 6, 15726–15732. Abstract

    99) Peter M. Marley, Sujay Singh, Tesfaye A. Abtew, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, Peihong Zhang, G. Sambandamurthy, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Electronic Phase Transitions of δ-AgxV2O5 Nanowires: The Interplay between Geometric and Electronic Structure, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118, 21235–21243. Abstract

    98) Kenneth R. Kort and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Ligand-Mediated Control of Dislocation Dynamics and Resulting Particle Morphology of GdOCl Nanocrystals, Small 2014, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201401306. Abstract

    97) Kenneth R. Kort, P. Y. Hung, Gennadi Bersuker, Wei-Yip Loh, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Sequential Silicon and Sulfur Doping of In0.53Ga0.47As and Determination of Free Electron Density by Raman Spectroscopy, Applied Spectroscopy, 2014, in press. Abstract

    96) Kate E. Pelcher, Matthew R. Crawley, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Silica-Shell Encapsulation and Adhesion of VO2 Nanowires to Glass Substrates: Integrating Solution-Derived VO2 Nanowires within Thermally Responsive Coatings, Mater. Res. Express 2014, 1, 035014. Abstract

    95) John B. Hatch, Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Tai-Lung Wu, Gen Long, Hao Zeng, G. Sambandamurthy, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Hong Luo, Intermediate Metallic Phase in VO2 Observed with Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014. Abstract

    94) Robert V. Dennis, Lasantha T. Viyannalage,Jeffrey P. Aldinger, Tapan K. Rout, and Sarbajit Banerjee,*Nanostructured Magnesium Composite Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Low-Alloy Steels, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014. Abstract

    93) Lynda Wangoh, Peter M. Marley, Nicholas F. Quackenbush, Sarah Sallis, Daniel A. Fischer, Joseph C. Woicik, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Louis F. J. Piper,* Electron Lone Pair Distortion Facilitated Metal-Insulator Transition in β-Pb0.33V2O5 Nanowires, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2014, 104, 182108/1-4. Abstract

    92) Sean W. Depner, Nicholas D. Cultrara, Yueling Qin, Katie E. Farley, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Organization of Ferroelastic Domains and Precursor Control of Size in 1D HfO2 Nanorods, ACS Nano 2014, 8, 4678-4688. Abstract

    91) Brian J. Schultz, Robert V. Dennis, Vincent Lee, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* An Electronic Structure Perspective of Graphene Interfaces, Nanoscale 2014, 6, 3444-3466 (invited Feature Article). Abstract

    90) Kenneth R. Kort, P. Y. Hung, Patrick Lysaght, Wei-Yip Loh, Gennadi Bersuker, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Raman Spectroscopy Studies of Dopant Activation and Free Electron Density of In0.53Ga0.47As with Sulfur Monolayer Doping, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 6539-6543. Abstract

    89) Thomas E. O’Loughlin, Sean W. Depner, Brian J. Schultz, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Microwave-Induced Nucleation of Conducting Graphitic Domains on Silicon Carbide Surfaces, J. Vac. Sci.Technol. B 2014, 32, 011215-1-011215-8. Abstract

    88) Brian J. Schultz, Robert V. Dennis, Jeffrey A. Aldinger, Xi Wang, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, Alexander N. Cartwright, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Electronic Structure Recovery and Nitrogen Local Structure upon Thermal Reduction of Graphene Oxide in an Ammonia Environment, RSC Advances 2014, 4, 634-644. Abstract

    87) Tirandai Hemraj-Benny,* Julie A. Pigza, Susan Budhoo, Loren Condon, Sean W. Depner, Robert V. Dennis, and Sarbajit Banerjee, Synthesis of Novel Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Magnesium Nanoparticle Composites by a Solution Reduction Method, Mater. Lett. 2014, 117, 305-308. Abstract

    86) Gregory A. Horrocks, Maliek Likely, Jesus M. Velazquez, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Finite Size Effects on the Structural Progression Induced by Lithiation of V2O5: A Combined Diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy Study, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 15265–15277. Abstract

    85) Jesus M. Velazquez, Sivapalan Baskaran, Anil V. Gaikwad, Tam-Triet Ngo-Duc, Xiangtong He, Michael Oye, M. Meyyappan, Tapan K. Rout, John Y. Fu, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Measurement of the Effective Piezoelectric Response of Substrate-Integrated ZnO Nanowire arrays on Galvanized Steel, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 10650-10657. Abstract

    84) Robert V. Dennis, Brian J. Schultz, Cherno Jaye, Xi Wang, Daniel A. Fischer, Alexander N. Cartwright, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy Study of Nitrogen Incorporation in Chemically Reduced Graphene Oxide. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 2013, 31, 041204-1- 041204-9. Abstract

    83) Luis R. DeJesus, Robert V. Dennis, Sean W. Depner, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Inside and Outside: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Mapping of Chemical Domains in Graphene Oxide. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 3144−3151. Abstract

    82) Robert V. Dennis, Lasantha T. Viyannalage, Anil V. Gaikwad, Tapan K. Rout, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Graphene Nanocomposite Coatings for Protecting Low-Alloy Steels from Corrosion. Am. Ceram. Soc. Bulletin 2013. 92, 18-24 (featured as the cover article). Abstract

    81) David T. R. Stewart, Katia Noguera-Oviedo, Vincent Lee, Sarbajit Banerjee, David F. Watson, Diana S. Aga,* Quantum Dots Exhibit Less Bioaccumulation than Free Cadmium and Selenium in the Earthworm Eisenia andrei. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2013. 32, 1288-1294. Abstract

    80) Nathaniel F. Adegboyega, Virender K. Sharma,* Karolina Siskova, Radek Zboril, Mary Sohn, Brian J. Schultz, Sarbajit Banerjee, Interactions of Aqueous Ag+ with Fulvic Acids: Mechanisms of Silver Nanoparticle Formation and Investigation of Stability, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 757-764. Abstract

    79) Kenneth R. Kort and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Oriented Electrophoretic Deposition of GdOCl Nanoplatelets, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2013, 117, 1585-1591 (invited article in special issue on Electrophoretic Deposition). Abstract

    78) Tesfaye Abtew, Bi-Ching Shih, Sarbajit Banerjee, Peihong Zhang,* Graphene-Ferromagnet Interfaces: Hybridization, Magnetization and Charge Transfer, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 1902-1909. Abstract

    77) Brian J. Schultz, Cherno Jaye, Patrick D. Lysaght, Daniel A. Fischer, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Chemical Bonding and Electronic Structure at Metal/Graphene Interfaces. Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 494 - 502. Abstract

    76) Nelson Akaighe, Sean W. Depner, Sarbajit Banerjee, Mary Sohn, Transport and Deposition of Suwannee River Humic Acid/Natural Organic Matter Formed Silver Nanoparticles on Silica Matrices: The Influence of Solution pH and Ionic Strength. Chemosphere, 2013, 92, 406-412. Abstract

    75) Vincent Lee, Robert V. Dennis, Cherno Jaye, Brian J. Schultz, Daniel A. Fischer, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Soft X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of the Electronic Structure Recovery of Graphene Oxide upon Chemical Defunctionalization. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2012, 116, 20591-20599. Abstract

    74) Vincent Lee, Robert V. Dennis, Cherno Jaye, Xi Wang, Daniel A. Fischer, Alexander N. Cartwright, Sarbajit Banerjee,* In Situ Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy Investigation of the Thermal Defunctionalization of Graphene Oxide. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 2012, 30, 061206/1-6. Abstract

    73) Tai-Lung Wu, Adam A. Stabile, Christopher J. Patridge, Sarbajit Banerjee, and G. Sambandamurthy,* Electrically Driven Metal-Insulator Switching in δ-KxV2O5 Nanowires, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2012,101, 163502/1-163502/4. Abstract

    72) Nelson Akaighe, Sean W. Depner, Sarbajit Banerjee, Virender K. Sharma, Mary Sohn, The Effects of Monovalent and Divalent Cations on the Stability of Silver Nanoparticles Formed from Direct Reduction of Silver Ions by Suwannee River Humic Acid/Natural Organic Matter, Sci. Total Environ. 2012, 441, 277—289. Abstract

    71) Peter Marley, Adam A. Stabile, Chun Pui Kwan, Sujay Singh, G. Sambandamurthy,* and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Charge Disproportionation, Charge Ordering, and Voltage-Induced Metal-Insulator Transitions Evidenced in β-PbxV2O5 Nanowires, Advanced Functional Materials 2013, 23, 153-160. Abstract

    70) Anil V. Gaikwad, Tapan K. Rout, Dirk Van der Plas, Robert V. Dennis, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Sergio Pacheco Benito, and Leon Lefferts, Homogeneous Carbon Nanotube/Carbon Nanofiber Growth from Industrial Feedstock on Commodity Low Carbon Steel and Nickel- Plated Steel, Carbon, 2012, 50, 4722-4731. Abstract

    69) Brian J. Schultz, Vincent Lee, Jimmy Price, Cherno Jaye, Patrick S. Lysaght, Daniel A. Fischer, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee,* Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Charge Redistribution at Graphene-Dielectric Interfaces, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 2012, 30, 041205/1-041205/6. Abstract

    68) Peter Marley and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Reversible Interconversion of a Divalent Vanadium Bronze between δ and β Quasi-1D Structures, Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 5264-5269. Abstract

    67) Lasantha T. Viyannalage, Vincent Lee, Robert V. Dennis, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* From Grignard’s Reagents to Well-Defined Mg Nanostructures: Distinctive Electrochemical and Solution Reduction Routes, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 5169-5171. Abstract

    66) Christopher J. Patridge, Luisa Whittaker, Bruce Ravel, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Elucidating the Influence of Local Structure Perturbations on the Metal—Insulator Transitions of V1-xMoxO2 Nanowires: Mechanistic Insights from an X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 3728–3736. Abstract

    65) Jesus M. Velazquez, Anil V. Gaikwad, Tapan K. Rout, Robert E. Baier, Edward S. Furlani, and Sarbajit Banerjee,* Nanotexturation-Induced Extreme Wettability of an Elemental Tellurium Coating, J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 3335-3339 Abstract

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee

    Principal Investigator
    link to CV


  • Rosenhain Medal and Prize, Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining UK (2015)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Communications, Emerging Investigator (2015)
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry C Lectureship Award (2013)
  • Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2013)
  • TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award (2013)
  • MIT Technology Review TR35 Award (Top 35 Young Innovators under the age of 35) (2012)
  • State University of New York Visionary Innovator Award (2010)
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2010)
  • ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship, American Chemical Society (2010)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009)
  • Areas of Interest

  • Solid-State and Materials Chemistry
  • Nanoscale Materials
  • Electronic Structure, Chemical Imaging, and X-ray Spectroscopy
  • Thin Films and Coatings
  • Light Metals and Nanocomposites
  • Post Doctoral Fellows

    Dr. Diane Sellers
    Education: University of Delaware, 2013-2016; University of Buffalo, 2013; Radford University, 2008
    About Me:
    Research: Development of "smart" window coatings designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings by engineering vanadium oxide nanomaterials as dynamic thermochromic glazing components.
    Publications: Google Scholar

    Graduate Students

    Theodore Alivio CV
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, Minor in Japanese Studies (2010): Ateneo de Manila University, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (2009): Ateneo de Manila University
    Publications: Google Scholar
    About Me: I am very passionate with collegiate-level teaching. I also like going on long road trips, playing badminton, running marathons, and reading detective novels.
    Research: My main research interest is on understanding the interfacial chemistry at the surfaces of engineered and natural nanomaterials.

    The high surface-area-to-volume ratio of nanomaterials results in properties not accessible to the bulk such as quantum confinement, increased catalytic activity, and stabilization of metastable phases, to name a few examples. On nanostructured surfaces, defects and dangling bonds play a larger role in determining both electronic and chemical properties of materials. I am mostly interested in determining structure-function correlations as they pertain to specific applications based on utilizing the specific surficial characteristics of nanomaterials. Mechanistic understanding of these correlations provides insight on the intelligent design of architectures tailored to meet specific functional needs.

    Abhishek Parija
    Education: 5yr. Int. M.Sc. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
    About Me: I love cooking and riding my motorcycle. I also love solving Rubik's cube.
    Research: My research is focused on theoretical calculation (DFT), synthesis and characterization of transition metal oxides and chalcogenides for battery applications and catalysis.
    Publications: Google Scholar

    Justin Andrews
    Education: Gordon College, 2014
    Publications: Google Scholar
    About Me: I enjoy playing basketball for exercise. I also love to read and my favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Corey Doctorow, G. K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. I love to tinker with 3D printing and making ‘penny-art’ as decoration. I LOVE spicy food and make it a point to try spicy-food/wing challenges whenever I find a new one nearby, making it a goal to end up on the challenge-winner wall at each location.
    Research: My research is centered on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured vanadium oxide bronzes (MxV2O5). These materials exhibit a variety of interesting and useful electronic and magnetic phenomena, including charge density waves, charge ordering/delocalization, metal-insulator transitions and spin-gaps.

    Additionally, due to the facile, easily accessible redox couples of V2O5 (V5+/V4+, V4+/V3+) and very open 2D/3D frameworks of the bronzes, these materials have potential as frameworks in applications such as battery cathode materials. In my research, I focus on elucidating the structure-function relationship at the root of these phenomena. In doing so, I utilize traditional solid-state ceramics and hydrothermal syntheses to produce vanadium oxide bronze nanomaterials as well as synchrotron diffraction and spectroscopy to characterize and correlate geometric and electronic structures.

    Nathan Fleer
    Education: University of Arkansas Fort Smith, 2014
    About Me:
    Research: Polymer dispersion and surface chemistry of VO2 nanowires. Corrosion inhibiting coatings.

    Erick Braham
    Education: Niagara University 2015 chem bs
    About Me: I like science and rock climbing and my family.
    Research: Investigating synthesis and doping of VO2 and using big data analysis in targeted materials design.
    Publications: Google Scholar

    Rachel Davidson
    Education: BS University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015
    About Me: I spend my free time playing with my dog, re-doing furniture, and trying to kill as few of my plants as possible.
    Research: My work involves developing composite coatings containing nanostructured additives for corrosion inhibition and on developing nanostructured magnesium.

    Yuting Luo CV
    Education: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin China (09/2010-06/2014)
    About Me:
    Research: The exploration of mechanisms for lithium ion battery. Rational design for inorganic nano-structured materials. The improvement of electrochemical performances for lithium ion battery.
    Publications: Google Scholar

    Malsha Udayakantha
    Education: B.Sc. Chemistry (1st Class) University of Colombo, 2014
    About Me: I enjoy reading, cooking, knitting, and singing almost always
    Research: Designing synthetic routes for matastable late lanthanide oxyhalides.
    1. K.S. Malsha Udayakantha, W. Rohini M. de Silva, K. M. Nalin de Silva, Chamari M. Hettiarachchi. Biocompatible nano-hydroxyapatite curcumin bi-coated antibacterial activated carbon for water purification, RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 64696 – 64703.

    2. Udayakantha. K. S. M., De Silva. W. R. M., De Silva. K. M. N. Book of Abstracts, TIIKM’s 2nd Annual International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – ICNSNT, Colombo, Sri Lanka, The International Institute of Knowledge Management: Colombo 2015; pg 25.
    3. Udayakantha, K. S. M., Manatunga, D. C., De Silva, K. M. N., Amaratunga, G. A. J. US Application 15/141,301 2016

    Aayushi Bajpayee
    Education: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, 2014; The University of Tokyo, 2016
    About Me: In my free time I dance, make crochet scarfs, watch Netflix and play with my cat. Vegetarianism, artificial intelligence and the fate of oil & gas industry are the ideas which keep my head space occupied in free time. I have experienced skydiving, bungee jumping, river rafting and cliff jumping.
    Research: My research focuses on designing selective membrane architectures for rapid oil-water separation. I am also working on modifying ice nucleation on omniphobic surfaces. Other projects are related to carbon dioxide fixation for developing new building materials and soil stabilization for construction.
    1. A. Bajpayee, H. Maeda, S. Katagiri, R. Sakamoto, and H. Nishihara,

    Bis(terpyridine)iron(II) Complex Wires with a Bithiophene Linker for Superior Long-range Electron Transport Chemistry Letters (Chemical Society of Japan), 2015, 44, 1211–1213.

    Lacey Douglas
    Education: Xavier University of Louisiana, 2016
    About Me: I love watching netflix and trying new things on pinterest!
    Research: Electroactive nanostructured films for corrosion and energy conversion.

    Nic Cool
    Education: The University of Texas at Austin, 2017
    About Me: I enjoy rock climbing, motorcycles, mountain biking, hiking, gardening, video games, and reading. I was also a competitive 3-event water skier at UT and still enjoy going out to the lake to ski whenever I get a chance.
    Research: My current focus is on developing omniphobic coatings for the transportation and storage of viscous oils with an emphasis on reducing the pressure drop experienced in pipelines.
    1. Taylor, W.V; Xie, Z.L; Cool, N.I; Shubert, S.A; Rose, M.J Syntheses, Structures, and Characterization of Nickel(II) Stibines: Steric and Electronic Rationale for Metal Deposition Inorganic Chemistry 2018 57 (16), 10364-10374

    Joseph Handy
    Education: College of William & Mary, 2017
    About Me: I'm a huge fan of classical music and see the Dallas & Houston symphonies whenever I can. Some favorite composers are Bruckner, Mahler, Bartok, and Sibelius. I play piano & pipe organ and (on trumpet) toured with my undergrad symphony orchestra in Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Paris. I have lived up and down the east coast and it's a personal goal to see as much of the United States as I can.
    Research: My research primarily focuses on the crystallographic analysis of intercalated V2O5 polymorphs, and on designing single-crystal-to-single-crystal transitions in these species in order to analyze ion diffusion pathways and structural rearrangements that are tied to charge transfer and interesting fundamental electronic properties.

    Parker Schofield
    Education: Utah State University, 2018
    About Me: I enjoy stories, and I keep my bookshelf lined with new titles. My sweet tooth nears insatiable, and it comes as no surprise I like to make jam and candy.
    Research: I work on both ends of a battery. At the cathode end, my research focuses doping tunnel-structured vanadium oxide for improved intercalation chemistry. At the anode end, I research nanowire alloy frameworks for increased surface area.
    1. Udayakantha, M.; Schofield, P.; Waetzig, G. R.; Banerjee, S. A Full Palette: Crystal Chemistry, Polymorphism, Synthetic Strategies, and Functional Applications of Lanthanide Oxyhalides. J. Solid State Chem. 2019, 270, 569–592.

    Education: Master's Degree in Chemistry (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2018)
    About Me: I enjoy reading mystery fiction, writing poems, travelling and playing sudoku, squash and badminton.
    Research: My research is mainly centered around coating metal surfaces for corrosion inhibition and micro-encapsulation of bitumen to transport it.

    Guan-Wen Liu
    Education: National Cheng Kung University, 2017
    About Me: I love to watch ball games and play baseball, badminton and tennis. Also, I love travel, specially the road trip.
    Research: Oil/water separation at high temperature and pressure through ZnO modified membranes, Synthesis of HfO2@Au

    Former Students

    Post Doctoral Fellows

    Dr. Lasantha T. Viyannalage (2010-2013)
    Senior Scientist, Greatbatch Medical

    Dr. Robert Dennis (2015-2016)
    Materials Scientist in Global Raw Materials Development and Approvals at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

    Dr. Yun Hyuk Choi (2015-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Advanced Materials and Chemical Engineering, Catholic University of Daegu

    Graduate Students

    Dr. Luisa Whittaker Brooks (Ph.D. 2011)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah

    Dr. Christopher J. Patridge (Ph.D. 2011)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, D’Youville College

    Dr. Jesus M. Velazquez (Ph.D. 2012)
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Caltech

    Dr. Vincent Lee (Ph.D. 2012)
    Postdoctoral Researcher, McMaster University

    Dr. Brian J. Schultz (Ph.D. 2013)
    Principal and Founder, DIMIEN LLC.

    Dr. Sean W. Depner (Ph.D. 2014)
    Scientist, DIMIEN LLC.

    Dr. Kenneth R. Kort (Ph.D. 2014)
    National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow

    Dr. Peter Marley (Ph.D. 2014)
    Scientist II at Ferro Corporation

    Dr. Robert Dennis (Ph.D. 2015)
    Materials Scientist in Global Raw Materials Development and Approvals at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

    Dr. Katie Farley (Ph.D. 2016)
    Development Specialist at Praxair

    Dr. Kate Pelcher (Ph.D. 2016)
    Development Engineer at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

    Dr. Greg Horrocks (Ph.D. 2017)
    NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at Air Force Research Laboratory

    Dr. Tom O'Loughlin (Ph.D. 2018)
    Module Integration Yield Engineer at Intel Corporation

    Dr. Greg Waetzig (Ph.D. 2018)
    PTD Module & Integration Yield Engineer at Intel Corporation

    Dr. Luis De Jesus (Ph.D. 2018)
    Eberly College of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Penn State University

    Carol Ly (Master's 2018)

    Dr. Junsang Cho (Ph.D. 2018)
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Notre Dame

    Undergraduate Students

    Mr. Kenneth R. Kort (2007-2009), Ph.D. student in chemistry at the University at Buffalo

    Ms. Kristen M. Baroudi (2008-2010), Ph.D. student in chemistry at Princeton University

    Mr. Robert V. Dennis (2009-2010), Ph.D. student in chemistry at the University at Buffalo

    Mr. Tenzin Wangjor (2009-2010), nursing student at D’Youville College

    Ms. Nidya Dewi (2009-2010), nursing student at D’Youville College

    Mr. Gregory S. Pilgrim (REU 2009), Ph.D. student in chemistry at the University of Rochester

    Mr. Nicholas D. Cultrara (2010-2012), Ph.D. student in chemistry at The Ohio State University

    Mr. John R. Spaulding (2010-2012), Ph.D. student in materials science at Michigan Technological University

    Ms. Susan Budhoo (REU 2011), completing undergraduate degree at Drexel University

    Ms. Cristina Cruz (REU 2012), completing undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico Cayey

    Mr. Steven M. Henderson (2011-2013), Ph.D. student in molecular biology at the University of Rochester

    Ms. Loren Condon (REU 2013), completing associate’s degree at Queensborough Community College

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