When 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Jan 31, 2014
Where 1670 Beyster Building
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Finite Size Effects on Phase Stabilities, Phase Transitions, and Electronic Structure

Sarbajit Banerjee
SUNY Buffalo, Department of Chemistry

Our research efforts engage nanomaterial synthesis, single-nanowire spectroscopy, and studies of electronic structure to elucidate the effects of finite size on the phase stabilities and phase transitions of solid-state materials with particular emphasis on early transition metal oxides. A further thrust is focused on using experimental and theoretical X-ray absorption spectroscopy and imaging tools to elucidate electronic structure perturbations at graphene interfaces.


In this talk I will focus on our efforts at preparing nanoscale VO2 structures for switchable thermochromic coatings, colossal metal—insulator switching recently discovered in MxV2O5 bronze phases, and altering the phase stabilities of hafnium/zirconium oxide nanocrystals for use within gate dielectrics. Two key themes of our research are the assembly of fairly complex computing architectures using solution-based methods and the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to probe finite size effects on the electronic structure of nanomaterials. I will conclude by discussing some recent results on electronic structure imaging of free-standing graphene and graphene interfaces.

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