Nanoengineering materials: a bottom-up approach towards understanding long outstanding challenges in condensed materials science

Al-Amin Dhirani, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2017-11-10 15:00 - 16:00
AMPEL #311
Local Contact: 
Josh Folk

Chemists have made tremendous advances in synthesizing a variety of nanostructures with control over their size, shape, and chemical composition. Plus, it is possible to control nanostructure assembly and to make macroscopic materials. This affords an opportunity to realize a wide range of controlled and potentially even new behaviours. 


This talk will present a variety of examples of such behaviours, such as single electron effects, metal-insulator transitions, semiconductor transistor-like conductance gating, enhanced Andreev reflections at superconducting interfaces and, most recently, strongly correlated electronic behaviour.  The latter is particularly exciting since strongly correlated electrons are known to lie at the heart of some of the most exotic, widely studied and still outstanding challenges in condensed matter science (e.g. high Tc superconductivity in the cuprates and others). 


The talk will also survey new insights and new opportunities that arise as a result of using this nanoengineering approach.









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