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IRG-1: Ionic Control of Materials

Our goal is to understand the mechanisms, capabilities, and applications of electrostatic and electrochemical gating. Our vision is to transform the understanding of electrolyte-based electrostatic and electrochemical gating, realizing electrical control over an extraordinary range of electronic phases and function.

The IRG-1 senior investigators and their primary areas of expertise are:

Vivian Ferry (CEMS) Co-Leader: Nanophotonics and metamaterials, nanofabrication, electromagnetic simulation/modeling
Bharat Jalan (CEMS) Co-Leader: Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), oxide semiconductors
Turan Birol (CEMS): Density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT)
Rafael Fernandes (PHYS): Microscopic and phenomenological modeling
C. Daniel Frisbie (CEMS): Organic electronics, ionic liquids and gels
Martin Greven (PHYS): X-ray and neutron scattering, nonlinear magnetic response, superconductivity
Chris Leighton (CEMS): Synthesis, electronic and magnetic properties, scattering, electrolyte gating
Andre Mkhoyan (CEMS): Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS)
Xiaojia Wang (ME): Thermal transport, ultrafast pump-probe techniques, time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR)

IRG-1 collaborator(s) and their primary areas of expertise are:

Mahesh Mahanthappa (CEMS): Amphiphile/polymer synthesis, thermodynamics, scattering

IRG-1 researchers:

Rohan Chakraborty: Graduate Student — Ferry/Leighton
Sooho Choo: Graduate Student — Jalan/Mkhoyan
Rashmi Choudhary: Graduate Student — Jalan/Mkhoyan
Jaeyub Chung: Postdoctoral Researcher — Frisbie/Mahanthappa
Ezra Day-Roberts: Postdoctoral Researcher — Birol/Fernandes
John Dewey: Graduate Student — Leighton/Birol
Supriya Ghosh: Graduate Student — Mkhoyan/Jalan
Silu Guo: Graduate Student — Mkhoyan/Birol
Issam Khayr: Graduate Student — Greven/Fernandes
Jierui Liang: Postdoctoral Researcher — Leighton/Frisbie
Sreejith Nair: Graduate Student — Jalan/Birol
Will Postiglione: Graduate Student — Leighton/Greven
Rishi Raj: Graduate Student — Mkhoyan/Jalan
Prachi Sharma: Postdoctoral Researcher — Fernandes/Birol
Chiou Yang Tan: Graduate Student — Greven/Leighton
Jiazhen Xu: Graduate Student — Frisbie/Leighton
Xiaotian Xu: Graduate Student — Wang/Jalan
Zhifei Yang: Graduate Student — Jalan/Mkhoyan
Chi Zhang: Graduate Student — Wang/Leighton
Yingying Zhang: Graduate Student — Wang/Leighton
He Zhu: Graduate Student — Birol/Wang

IRG-2: Mesoscale Network Materials

The focus of IRG-2, Mesoscale Network Materials, is to discover and exploit scale-invariant shape-filling amphiphile (SFA) motifs to robustly assemble functional nets and to understand how processing impacts their properties

The IRG-2 senior investigators and their primary areas of expertise are:

Mahesh Mahanthappa (CEMS) Co-Leader: Amphiphile/polymer synthesis, thermodynamics, scattering
Michelle Calabrese (CEMS) Co-Leader: Rheology/mechanics, in situ scattering, dynamics
Frank Bates (CEMS): Polymer synthesis, thermodynamics, mechanics
Kevin Dorfman (CEMS): Mesoscale simulations, theory
Christopher Ellison (CEMS): Thin film self-assembly, polymer processing
Vivian Ferry (CEMS): Nanophotonics and metamaterials, nanofabrication, electromagnetic simulation/modeling
Timothy Lodge (CEMS/CHEM): Polymer characterization, scattering, dynamics
Karen Lozano (UTRGV Mech. Eng.): Processing internally structured nanofibers from network-forming soft materials
Theresa Reineke (CHEM): Amphiphile/polymer synthesis, self-assembly
Ilja Siepmann (CHEM): Molecular simulations, model development

IRG-2 researchers:

Pengyu Chen: Graduate Student — Dorfman/Mahanthappa
Shuquan Cui: Postdoctoral Researcher — Lodge/Bates
Arit Das: Postdoctoral Researcher — Calabrese/Bates/Ellison
Soumi Das: Postdoctoral Researcher — Reineke/Calabrese
Faegheh (Fafa) Hoshyargar: Graduate Student — Siepmann/Mahanthappa
Alicia Huggett: Graduate Student — Lodge/Reineke
MD Noushad Javed: Postdoctoral Researcher — Lozano
Daoyuan Li: Graduate Student — Siepmann/Lodge
Lucy Liberman: Postdoctoral Researcher — Bates/Lodge
Benjamin Magruder: Graduate Student — Dorfman/Ellison/Mahanthappa
Emily McGuinness: Postdoctoral Researcher — Ferry/Ellison
Hannah Neighbor: Graduate Student — Bates/Dorfman
Jinwoo Oh: Postdoctoral Researcher — Ellison/Mahanthappa
Sojung Park: Postdoctoral Researcher — Dorfman/Bates
Camila Perales-Rodriguez: Graduate Student — Mahanthappa/Lodge
Szu-Ming Yang: Graduate Student — Ellison/Mahanthappa
Caini Zheng: Graduate Student — Siepmann/Lodge/Reineke

Seed Projects: Foster Innovation and Promote MRSEC Growth

The Center operates an ambitious Seed program designed to foster innovation and promote Center growth and evolution.

Awards are made to individual faculty members or small clusters in support of high risk projects or research in emerging areas.

Current Seed researchers:

Siliang He: Graduate Student — Holmes
Brandon Hosford: Graduate Student — Lamb
Seungjun Lee: Postdoctoral Researcher — Low
Sreejith Nair: Graduate Student — Jalan
Ji Qin: Graduate Student — Xiong
William Ramos: Graduate Student — Lamb
Dongjea Seo: Postdoctoral Researcher — Oh
Sean Sullivan: Graduate Student — Bartel
Simon Willis: Graduate Student — Flannigan
Ziwei Yu: Graduate Student — Frontiera
Youchi Zhang: Graduate Student — Sarupria

National Science Foundation

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award Number DMR-2011401

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