Kenneth Sandhage

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Ken H. Sandhage is the Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering. He received a B.S. (1981) in Metallurgical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University and a Ph.D. (1986) in Ceramics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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I. Shape-Preserving Chemical Transformation: “Materials Alchemy”

A.  Shape-Preserving Liquid/Solid Displacement Reactions
Example: High-Melting, Robust ZrC/W Rocket Nozzles via the “Displacive Compensation of Porosity” Process
B.  Shape-Preserving Gas/Solid Displacement Reactions
Example: Highly-Porous Si Films on Dense, Si Waveguides as IR Sensors via a Magnesiothermic Reduction Process
C.  Conformal Coating and Replication
Example: Porous Wall, Nanocrystalline TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Solar Cells and Other Electrode Applications

II. Bio-enabled, Chemically-Tailored, Hierarchically-Structured Materials

A.  Diatom-Enabled 3-D Materials
Example: #1. Si, C, TiO2, and Other Replicas via Gas/Solid Reactions for Battery and Fuel Cell Electrodes, Enzyme Supports, Sensors
Example: #2. Au Replicas via Conformal Electroless Deposition for Extraordinary Optical Transmission
B.  Butterfly-Enabled 3-D Materials
Example: Photoluminescent Eu-doped BaTiO3 Replicas via Layer-by-Layer Surface Sol-Gel Coating and Hydrothermal Reaction for Anti-Counterfeiting and Tracking
C.  Pollen-Enabled 3-D Materials
Example: Magnetic Fe3O4 Replicas via Layer-by-Layer Surface Sol-Gel Coating for Tailored Multimodal Adhesion
D.  Protein-Enabled Hybrid Coatings
Example: Enzyme/Oxide Coatings via Layer-by-Layer Protamine-based Deposition for Biocatalysis



I. Shape-Preserving Chemical Transformation: “Materials Alchemy”
Materials with complex three-dimensional (3-D) morphologies, and with tailorable micro-to-nanoscale structures and chemistries, are needed to achieve desired combinations of properties for enhanced performance in a host of energy, environmental, transportation, defense, and medical applications. However, materials that can be easily formed into a particular desired morphology often do not possess the required chemistry and finer scale structure needed for desired properties. This problem may be addressed by separating the shape-forming process from the chemical-tailoring process; that is, a solid structure with the desired shape (a “preform”) may first be generated with a readily-formed material and then a second, shape-preserving reaction process may be used to convert this preform into a new material with a desired chemistry and
micro/nanostructure. Several pioneering shape-preserving chemical transformation processes (see below) have been developed and patented by the Sandhage group to convert synthetic preforms (e.g., generated by 3-D printing or CNC machining) and biogenic preforms (e.g., diatom microshells, butterfly scales, pollen grains) into complex-shaped, chemically-tailored, micro/nanostructured materials with attractive properties. Such shape-preserving chemical transformation of one material into another may be considered to be a modern type of materials “alchemy.” Several examples are presented below of the use of such processes to generate macroscale/microstructured and microscale/nanostructured materials with well-controlled chemistries and morphologies for particular applications.

A. Shape-Preserving Liquid/Solid Displacement Reactions: High-Melting, Robust ZrC/W Rocket Nozzles via the “Displacive Compensation of Porosity” Process

One of the most severe environments encountered by materials exists in the throat region of a solid-fueled rocket nozzle. Solid, aluminum-bearing fuels generate combustion products (molten Al2O3 droplets and gas) that impact the nozzles at supersonic speeds and at temperatures >2500oC. Under these extreme conditions, rocket nozzle materials need to exhibit minimal vaporization, erosion, and creep. Nozzle materials must also be highly resistant to thermal shock, given the rapid rise in temperature upon ignition. Conventional materials used for such solid-fuel nozzles include tungsten, rhenium, and carbon. Tungsten and rhenium are quite heavy, and all three materials are not highly erosion resistant at elevated temperatures.

Zirconium carbide/tungsten (ZrC/W) composites are attractive alternative materials for solid-fuel rocket nozzles. Zirconium carbide is a stiff, hard, high-melting (up to 3445oC) compound that is much lighter (6.6 g/cm3) than tungsten (19.3 g/cm3). Tungsten is also quite high-melting (3422oC) but undergoes a brittle-to-ductile transformation at ≤360oC. Hence, an interconnected ZrC network endows ZrC/W composites with high-temperature stiffness and reduced weight relative to monolithic W, whereas the high-temperature ductility of W provides higher resistance to fracture at elevated temperatures relative to monolithic ZrC. ZrC and W are also chemically and thermally compatible. ZrC and W possess low vapor pressures and exhibit limited mutual solid solubility at elevated temperature. Furthermore, these solids do not react to form other more stable compounds. Remarkably, ZrC and W possess similar thermal expansion coefficients at room temperature and at 2700oC, and both materials possess relatively high values of thermal conductivity. As a result, ZrC/W composites are highly resistant to thermal shock (unlike most ceramic/metal composites).

A pressureless reactive melt infiltration process developed and patented by Sandhage, et al. has been used to fabricate ZrC/W (and other) cermets into complicated near net-shape/size bodies. With this “Displacive Compensation of Porosity” (DCP) process, porous WC bodies (“preforms”) are first produced in the desired final 3-D shape via conventional forming (such as by pressing, slip casting, or gel casting) or via rapid prototyping methods (such as 3-D printing or CNC green machining). Once the porous WC preform has been fabricated into the desired final shape, it is then immersed in a bath of Zr2Cu liquid at 1150oC which wets and spontaneously infiltrates into the porous WC preform. Upon heating to 1300oC, the following displacement reaction proceeds to completion:

0.5Zr2Cu(l) + WC(s) => ZrC(s) + W(s) + 0.5Cu(l)

Because ZrC and W possess a combined volume about twice that of WC, the reaction results in filling of the prior pores within the rigid body (reaction-induced densification without sintering), thereby forcing the residual Cu-rich liquid back out of the composite; that is, the increase in solid volume due to the displacement reaction compensates for the prior pore volume (hence, the phrase “Displacive Compensation of Porosity”). As shown in Figures 1 and 2, porous 3-D WC parts have been fully converted into non-porous ZrC/W-based composites that retain the starting preform 3-D shape with very small dimensional changes (fractional changes <0.008).


Because this reaction process is rate-limited by outward solid-state diffusion of C from local WC particles through the ZrC/W reaction products, the time required to complete this reaction does not depend on the size of the preform, so that the DCP process is scalable to much larger parts than shown in Figure 2.

The DCP process is a proven means of producing dense, near net-shape/size, ZrC/W composites (and other cermets) in a variety of complex and tailorable 3-D shapes (e.g., rocket nozzles, nozzle liners, grooved plates, crucibles, etc.). These and other DCP-derived cermets possess an unusual combination of properties for extreme (e.g., highly erosive, high temperature, high thermal shock, corrosive) environments. Indeed, DCP-derived ZrC/W rocket nozzle liners (Figure 3) were found to be resistant to the extreme thermal shock and erosion of a solid-fueled Pi-K rocket test conducted at Edwards Air Force Base (in collaboration with Dr. Wes Hoffman).

B. Shape-Preserving Gas/Solid Displacement Reactions: Highly-Porous Si Films on Dense, Micropatterned Si Waveguides as IR Sensors via a Magnesio-thermic Reduction Process

Owing to its attractive optical and electrical properties, large surface-to-volume ratio, and ease of surface modification, porous silicon (pSi) has been extensively studied in a variety of applications, such as light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, optical switches, lithium ion batteries, and label-free optical detection of numerous analytes (bacteria, enzymes, viruses, DNA, gases). Conventionally, pSi films are fabricated by anodization of single crystal silicon wafers, leading to films possessing two-dimensional (2-D), cylindrical mesopores with thicknesses controlled by the anodization kinetics of doped silicon in HF-bearing solutions. The use of applied currents with HF-bearing solutions makes integration with silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platforms difficult. Furthermore, such anodized pSi optical microcavities have exhibited modest quality factors.

The Sandhage group has developed and patented a magnesiothermic reaction process that yields pSi films with three-dimensionally-interconnected nanoporosity on SOI platforms that avoids the need for doped silicon, applied currents, or HF-bearing solutions. With this process, unpatterned SOI substrates are first oxidized to yield a SiO2 thin film of well-controlled thickness. The silica film is then allowed to undergo the following magnesiothermic displacement reaction:

SiO2(s) + 2Mg(g) => 2MgO(s) + Si(s)

The resulting product film is comprised of an intimate mixture of nanocrystalline MgO and Si phases that form as co-continuous networks. This reaction process has been thermodynamically designed to allow for reaction of the Mg(g) with only the SiO2 film (i.e., not with the underlying Si substrate), so that the thickness of the pSi film can beprecisely controlled via adjustment of the starting SiO2 film thickness (which is itself tailorable to within ∼1 nm by controlled thermal oxidation of silicon). Selective acid dissolution of the continuous MgO phase then yields a 3-D-interconnected network of nanosized pores and an interconnected network of nanocrystalline Si (Figure 4).


After selective MgO dissolution, the resulting pSi-clad Si specimens were patterned into pSi-clad optical resonators (Figure 5) in collaborative research with the Adibi group (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering) at Georgia Tech. The pSi-clad SOI racetrack microresonators consisted of a ∼120 nm thick pSi cladding on a ∼520 nm wide by ∼230 nm tall silicon waveguide (Figure 5b). This geometry was chosen to ensure single-mode operation under transverse electric (TE) polarization (electric field in the device plane) at 1550 nm, while maintaining a reasonably high Q-factor and wide free spectral range. The thin pSi cladding enables a higher loading of analyte molecules within the evanescent tail of the optical mode. Indeed, the large internal specific surface area (≥500 m2/g) associated with uniformly-distributed, nanoscale pores in the pSi film formed by this process provides for greater adsorption of small analytes for enhanced detection sensitivity, while the thin, uniform nature of the pSi films allows for high Q-factors and high spectral resolution.

The TE transmission spectra of such a pSi-clad racetrack resonator and a reference racetrack resonator lacking pSi are shown in Figure 6a and b, respectively. The full-


width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) of the resonance at 1550 nm for the pSi-clad and reference resonators were ∼70 pm and ∼65 pm, respectively, which corresponded to loaded Q-factors of 22,000 and 24,000, respectively. To quantitatively evaluate the enhanced analyte adsorption resulting from the increased surface area of the pSi cladding, (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) monolayers were deposited on pSi- bearing and reference resonators. Ellipsometric analysis indicated that the deposited APTES thickness was ∼9.2 ± 1 Å. After APTES deposition, the redshift in resonance wavelength (Figures 6d and c) for the pSi-clad resonator (∼679.6 pm) was ∼6 times larger than for the reference resonator (∼112.9 pm). The APTES-induced redshift for the pSi-bearing resonator corresponded to a sensitivity of ∼0.8 pm/(pg/mm2). With the Q-factor of the pSi-clad microresonator being 22,000 and a reasonably assumed spectral resolution of ∼1 pm, the detection limit of the present pSi-clad sensor, in terms of deposited molecule thickness, was estimated to be ∼0.01 Å, which is an order of magnitude better than previously- reported for anodization-derived pSi optical sensors. As a further test of enhanced sensitivity with the pSi cladding, a layer of N-hydroxy-succinimidobiotin (NHS-Biotin) was applied via succinimide-crosslinking to the amine-terminated APTES monolayer on both devices. The thickness of the NHS-Biotin layer was determined to be ∼3.5 ± 1 Å by ellipsometry (using a refractive index of 1.46). The measured resonance wavelength redshift for the pSi resonator (∼183.9 pm) was again about 6 times greater than for the reference resonator (∼28.8 pm) (Figures 6d and c). Such integrated pSi-bearing SOI microresonator sensors may be applied for the sensitive, reliable, rapid, low-cost, lab-on-chip detection of a variety of potential analytes. This magnesiothermic reaction process and platform may also be applied to devices involving other light-matter interactions (such as nonlinear optics, switching, etc.) for various applications.

C. Conformal Coating and Replication: Porous Wall, Nanocrystalline TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Solar Cells and Other Electrode Applications

High-aspect-ratio transition metal oxide nanotube arrays with a high density of well-aligned pore channels and high surface areas can be attractive structures for use in a number of chemical, electrical, electrochemical, optical, photochemical, and biochemical devices, such as high-throughput (photo)catalysts or adsorbants, aligned electrodes for solar cells or batteries, sensitive and rapid gas detectors, precise fluid flow control devices, or functionalized membranes for selective (bio)molecular separation.

The Sandhage group has developed an aqueous, protein-enabled, layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition process for generating aligned nanotube arrays comprised of nanocrystalline oxides with a high degree of interconnected porosity present within the tube walls. With this process, repeated alternating exposure of an aligned-nanochannel template to the protein and then to a water-soluble precursor salt is used to build up a conformal protein/oxide composite coating of a desired thickness. Upon subsequent pyrolysis of the protein, a coating comprised of a co-continuous network of pores and oxide nanoparticles is formed. Selective dissolution of the underlying template through the interconnected pore network of the coating then yields freestanding, high-aspect-ratio, porous-wall nanotube arrays. Unlike gas-phase atomic layer deposition, this protein-based process does not require the use of vapor precursors, controlled atmospheres, or vapor-generating equipment. Furthermore, this biomimetic mineralization process does not utilize moisture-sensitive precursors (e.g., the alkoxides used in sol-gel processing) and does not require hydroxyl-rich templates or multistep surface functionalization treatments (for enriching templates with hydroxyl groups) needed for the surface sol-gel-based deposition of continuous and conformal coatings.

Prior work by the Sandhage group (in collaboration with the Naik group at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) involving the use of bacteriophage display biopanning has indicated that 12-mer peptides enriched in basic residues (arginine, lysine, histidine) were particularly effective at binding to titania and at inducing the formation of relatively high yields of Ti-O-bearing precipitates at room temperature from an aqueous titania precursor-bearing (Ti(IV) bisammonium-lactato-dihydroxide, TiBALDH) solution. Protamine, a relatively inexpensive and readily-available arginine-rich protein harvested from a variety of fish (e.g., salmon, herring, trout, and tuna), has also been found by the Sandhage group to be capable of binding to silica and titania, and of inducing the formation of conformal Ti-O-bearing coatings from a TiBALDH-bearing solution. This prior work has led the Sandhage group to develop an aqueous protamine-based LbL coating process for generating high-aspect-ratio, aligned nanotube arrays composed of porous, yet interconnected titania nanoparticles.

A porous anodic alumina membrane was used as the template for such nanotube generation. The aligned pore channels running through this membrane are revealed in the top-down and cross-sectional images in Figures 7a and b, respectively. Such a membrane was exposed to 8 protamine/TiBALDH cycles to buildup a continuous and conformal protamine/TiO2 coating on the external and internal alumina surfaces. Secondary electron images of the coated template are shown in Figures 7c and d. The cross-section in Figure 7d reveals a continuous coating on the alumina template. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analyses of such coated surfaces revealed peaks for Ti and O (consistent with titania), N and C (consistent with protamine), but not for Al, which indicated that the protamine/Ti-O-bearing composite coating completely covered the template surface. The protamine/Ti-O-coated alumina membranes were then heated to 650°C in air for 3 h to allow for water removal, organic pyrolysis, and titania crystallization. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed a relatively large weight loss (∼44%) from about 200°C to 475°C, which indicated that appreciable protamine was entrained along with titania in the deposited coating. The appreciable interconnected porosity generated throughout the titania coating upon protamine pyrolysis at 650°C allowed for subsequent penetration of a sodium hydroxide solution for selective dissolution of the underlying alumina template. The structural interconnectivity of the titania nanoparticle network in the fired coating resulted in freestanding, high-aspectratio titania nanotube arrays (9.9 μm length:34 nm wall thickness = 291:1) upon removal of the alumina template. The titania nanotube arrays were then transferred to transparent, fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates. Prior to attachment of a given nanotube array to such a substrate, the FTO layer was coated with a thin layer of titania nanoparticle-bearing paste. After mating the nanotube array to the coated FTO/glass substrate, the assembly was heated in air to 500°C for 1 h to pyrolyze the organic material in the paste and to sinter-bond the titania nanotube array to the titania nanoparticle-coated FTO/glass substrate. Side-view secondary electron images of a titania nanotube array attached to a FTO/glass substrate are shown in Figures 8. The higher magnification image in Figure 8b indicates that the freestanding titania tubes were comprised of a porous, yet interconnected network of nanoparticles with diameters of ∼15–20 nm. 


X-ray diffraction analysis of the tubes (Figure 9a) yielded peaks for anatase titania. Scherrer analysis of the anatase diffraction peaks yielded an average crystallite size of 15 nm, which indicated that the titania crystals and titania particles seen in Figure 8b were of comparable size. Transmission electron microscope images (Figures 9b and c) indicated that the freestanding titania nanotubes were composed of a porous network of nanoparticles with sizes on the order of 10–20 nm (consistent with Scherrer analysis). High resolution transmission electron microscopy (Figure 9d) and selected area electron diffraction analysis (Figure 9e) yielded lattice fringes and ring patterns, respectively, consistent with nanocrystalline anatase titania.


Experiments were then conducted to evaluate the extent of adsorption of a ruthenium-based dye onto the porous nanotube arrays. A N719 dye (cis di(thiocyanato)-N-N’-bis(2,2’-bipyridyl-4-carboxylic acid-4’-tetrabutylammonium carboxylate) ruthenium (II)) was allowed to adsorb onto the porous titania nanotubes for a period of 24 h. The dye was then desorbed from the nanotubes by immersing the assembly in a 100 mM NaOH solution. The concentration of the dye in this solution was evaluated via measurement of the absorbance of the solution at 513 nm and comparison to calibration solutions of known N719 content. The average N719 dye loading was found to be 1.63 x 10-4 mol/g (normalized to the weight of titania in the nanotube assembly), which was more than twice the amount of such N719 ruthenium dye adsorbed onto dense wall titania nanotube arrays (7.42 x 10-5 mol/g) prepared via a sol-gel infiltration process.

This work demonstrates that protamine’s ability to bind to alumina and titania, as well as its ability to induce the room temperature precipitation of a Ti-O-bearing coating from an aqueous precursor solution, enables the layer-by-layer syntheses of aligned high-aspect-ratio titania nanotube arrays composed of co-continuous networks of pores and titania nanoparticles. These nanotube arrays exhibit: i) enhanced loading of functional molecules (resulting from the interconnected pores in the freestanding nanotube walls), ii) highly-aligned pore channels (resulting from the lateral connectivity of the conformal titania coating deposited at the top and bottom faces of the aligned pore template), and iii) anisotropic electrical conductivity (enabled by the interconnected titania nanoparticle These inherent characteristics of protein-enabled nanotube arrays make them attractive for use as electrodes (solar cells, batteries), sensors, adsorbants, (photo)catalysts, and other electrochemical, photochemical, or biochemical devices.

II. Bio-enabled, Chemically-Tailored, Hierarchically-Structured Materials

A second major research thrust of the Sandhage group is the bio-enabled syntheses of materials (via the use of biogenic templates and/or biomolecules) with unprecedented combinations of complex chemistry and complex hierarchical (nano-to-macroscale) structure. Nature provides impressive examples of organisms capable of forming organic and inorganic structures with intricate and controlled three-dimensional (3-D) hierarchical (nanoscale-to-macroscale) morphologies. For example, certain butterflies and beetles generate chitinous scales with intricate 3-D structures for exquisite control of color (so-called “structural color”). Among the most versatile of organisms for generating complex inorganic structures are diatoms, a type of aquatic single-celled algae. Each diatom species forms a SiO2-bearing microshell (frustule) with a particular 3-D shape and with specific patterns of fine features (pores, ridges, channels, protuberances, etc.). Owing to the species-specific nature of diatom SiO2 structure formation, a rich variety of 3-D microshell morphologies can be found among the estimated 104-105 extant diatom species. The sustained reproduction (repeated doubling) of a given species of diatom can yield enormous numbers of daughter diatoms with similarly-shaped frustules (e.g., 80 reproduction cycles corresponds to 280 ≈ 1.2 × 1024 = twice Avogadro’s number of frustule copies). Such massively-parallel, direct, and precise (genetically-controlled) self-assembly of structures with a wide selection of 3-D nano-to-microscale morphologies under ambient conditions has no analogue among synthetic self-assembly processes. However, the SiO2-based chemistry of diatom microshells, and the chitin-based chemistry of butterfly and beetle scales, severely limit the properties and range of applications for such biogenic structures.

The Sandhage group has pioneered and patented several approaches for altering the chemistries, while retaining the 3-D hierarchical morphologies, of these biologically-derived structures. By coupling the impressive structure-formation capabilities (massively-parallel, genetically-precise, 3-D self-assembly) of biological organisms with the wide range of non-naturally-occurring synthetic chemistries (via the Biological Assembly and Shape-preserving Inorganic Conversion or BASIC paradigm), a rich variety of functional, bio-enabled hierarchically-structured materials may be generated, as illustrated in the following examples.

A. Diatom-Enabled 3-D Materials: Si, C, TiO2, and Other Replicas via Gas/Solid Reactions for Battery and Fuel Cell Electrodes, Enzyme Supports, and Sensors

While diatoms generate a wide variety of selectable, species-specific hierarchical structures that can be attractive for particular uses in energy, environmental, and sensing applications, the SiO2-based chemistry of such structures does not provide the desired electrical, catalytic, and adsorptive properties desired for such applications. To overcome this limitation, the Sandhage group has developed and utilized a variety of shape-preserving reactions (gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid reactions) to convert diatom silica (and synthetic silica) structures into replicas comprised of other functional materials, including Si, C, SiC, MgO, TiO2, ZrO2, BaTiO3, Eu-doped BaTiO3, and Mn-doped Zn2SiO4. For example, the following magnesiothermic reaction has been used to completely convert such SiO2 structures into MgO/Si replicas:

SiO2(s) + 2Mg(g) => 2MgO(s) + Si(s)

Selective acid dissolution of the MgO product then yielded a highly-porous, nanocrystalline Si replica (Figure 10a) of the starting diatom SiO2 microshell. The specific surface area of the Si replica was 540 m2/g (i.e., more than 300 times greater than for the starting SiO2 microshell). The porous Si replica was then converted into a porous C replica (Figure 10b) of even higher surface area (1370 m2/g) via the following series of reactions:

Si(s) + CH4(g) => SiC(s) + 2H2(g)

SiC(s) + 2Cl2(g) => C(s) + SiCl4(g)

TiO2 frustule replicas (Figure 10c) have been synthesized via the following sequential gas/solid reactions:

SiO2(s) + 2TiF4(g) => 2TiOF2(s) + SiF4(g)

TiOF2(s) + H2O(g) => TiO2(s) + 2HF(g)


The use of such shape-preserving reactions to generate Si, SiC, C, TiO2, and other replicas of such biogenic (as well as synthetic) structures has been pioneered and patented by the Sandhage group.

The ability to generate such open, porous, 3-D hierarchical structures comprised of nanocrystalline Si, C, TiO2, and other functional materials with a wide variety of selectable, well-controlled morphologies is quite unique and highly attractive for electrodes (e.g., for lithium ion batteries or fuel cells), catalysts/catalyst supports, sensors, filtration media, and other devices. For example, Pt was deposited onto/into the C frustule replicas with the use of Pt(CO)2Cl2 vapor, and the electrocatalytic behavior of the resulting nanocrystalline Pt/C frustule replicas (Figure 11a, b) for the oxygen reduction reaction was evaluated in an oxygen-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4 solution using a rotating disk electrode (via collaboration with Liu, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Tech). The performance of the Pt-bearing C frustule replicas (CF) was compared with that of Pt-bearing C derived from SiC powder (CS) and Pt-bearing Vulcan XC-72R carbon (CV) black (note: the microparticle content deposited onto the working electrode was adjusted to achieve a similar amount of total platinum loading for each type of carbon microparticle). As can be seen in Figure 11c, the steady-state current for the Pt-bearing C frustule electrode was significantly higher than for the Pt/CS and Pt/CV electrodes. Such enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Pt-bearing C frustule replicas for the oxygen reduction reaction was consistent with the presence of a higher population of very fine (<2 nm diameter) Pt nanoparticles (Figure 11b) and a reduced oxygen diffusion distance (due to the hollow nature and thin wall inherited from the starting diatom frustule, Figure 11a) for these microparticles than for the Pt/CS and Pt/CV microparticles. That is, synergistic use of the bio-enabled hierarchical frustule structure with the new synthetic Pt/C chemistry and nanostructure yielded enhanced electrocatalytic performance.

Such control over 3-D morphology and chemistry/nanostructure allows for the tailoring of fluid (gas or liquid) transport through, and nanoparticle dispersions within, highly porous carbon structures for enhanced catalysis, filtration, intercalation, or adsorption for numerous applications, such as in energy storage and harvesting, sensing, water purification, carbon sequestration, and (bio)chemical separation.

B. Diatom-Enabled 3-D Materials: Au Replicas via Conformal Electroless Deposition for Extraordinary Optical Transmission

Nanocrystalline plasmonic materials, such as gold or silver, can exhibit remarkable optical and chemical properties if fabricated in an appropriate structure. For example, gold or silver films possessing patterned arrays of pore channels can exhibit appreciable light transmission even if the pore channel diameters are appreciably smaller than the wavelength of the transmitted light. Such surface plasmon-enabled “extraordinary optical transmission” is strongly affected by the pore channel pattern and spacing. To evaluate the utility of patterned pore structures generated by diatoms for such light transmission, the Sandhage group (in collaboration with the Perry group, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Georgia Tech) has examined the conversion of diatom SiO2 frustules into replicas comprised of nanocrystalline Au and other metals. The frustules of the Coscinodiscus asteromphalus diatom (cultured in the Sandhage laboratory) were selected, owing to the quasi-periodic pore pattern present on such frustules (Figure 12). To allow for electroless gold deposition, the surfaces of the silica


frustules were first functionalized with a high density of catalyst particles. A thin, conformal, and continuous layer of nanocrystalline gold was then deposited onto the frustules during immersion in an electroless gold plating solution. The underlying silica template was then removed by selective dissolution through occasional pinholes in the metal coating. Secondary electron images of the resulting high-fidelity gold replica of the C. asteromphalus frustule are shown in Figure 13. An


optical image of the gold frustule replica, and the transmission of infrared light through the replica, are shown in Figure 14. A range of IR wavelengths, centered about 4.3 um (peak transmission of 13%) could be transmitted through this frustule, even though the average pore channel diameter was well below 4 um (on the order of 1 um). Such multiwavelength extraordinary IR transmission resulted from the synergistic use of a bio-enabled structure and the shape-preserving conversion of such a structure into a nanocrystalline gold replica. Bio-enabled structures of this type can be attractive for optical filtering, sensing, catalysis, and other applications.


C. Butterfly-Enabled 3-D Materials: Photoluminescent Eu-doped BaTiO3 Replicas via Layer-by-Layer Surface-Sol-Gel Coating and Hydrothermal Reaction for Anti-Counterfeiting and Tracking

Certain butterflies, moths, and beetles exhibit impressive control of color through the use of hierarchically-patterned 3-D chitinous structures. To expand the range of optical properties exhibited by such structures, the Sandhage group has developed strategies for converting such assemblies into functional inorganic replicas that retain the intricate biogenic morphologies. For example, such chemical conversion has been applied to the scales within the blue-green stripes on the dorsal forewings and hindwings of the Papilio blumei butterfly (Figure 15). Bright field optical images of these stripes (Figure 15a inset) reveal overlapping tapered scales with typical lengths of about 200 um and maximum widths of about 100 um. Each individual scale (Figure 15b) contained elevated ridges running parallel to the scale length, with shallow concave depressions lying between the ridges. The hydroxyl-rich nature of the chitin that comprises such scales enabled the highly-conformal, layer-by-layer coating of such scales with titania via the surface sol-gel process, using a computer-automated deposition system developed by the Sandhage group. After 50 deposition cycles, the coated scales were heated in air to 450oC for 4 h to allow for pyrolysis of the chitin template and crystallization of the TiO2. The resulting TiO2 replicas were then converted into Eudoped BaTiO3 replicas via microwave hydrothermal reaction with a solution of europium and barium acetates at 140oC. As shown in Figures 15c and d, the converted (allinorganic) scales retained the raised ridges and shallow concave depressions of the native P. blumei scales along with the overall tapered scale shape.

Confocal fluorescence microscopy was used to evaluate the patterned photoluminescence of the Eu-doped BaTiO3 P. blumei scale replicas. A fluorescence image (488 nm excitation with a long-pass 585 nm filter), a transmission optical image (543 nm light), and a composite (fluorescence + transmission) image of a Eu-doped BaTiO3 scale replica are shown in Figure 16. The fluorescence image of the Eu-doped BaTiO3-converted scale clearly revealed the tapered scale shape and parallel microscale ridge pattern of the P. blumei scales. The similarities between the

fluorescence and transmission optical images were consistent with a relatively uniform distribution of Eu throughout the replica. The utility of such 3-D Eu-doped BaTiO3 structures for unobtrusive labelling of white paper was then examined. A bright field optical image, and an associated fluorescence image, of the same scales on white filter paper are shown in Figure 17. The inset images shown in these figures were obtained with the scales placed on a glass slide. A 3-D topographical color map of Eu-doped BaTiO3 scale replicas on the filter paper, generated from a series of stacked confocal dark field images, is also shown in Figure 17c. The topographical map revealed that the inorganic scale replicas were able to bend so as to conform well to the surface of the filter paper. Such conformality, along with white color of both the scales and the filter paper, made detection of the scale replicas on the filter paper difficult in visible light, as seen in the bright field image of Figure 17a. However, the presence of such scales was readily detected in the fluorescence image of Figure 17b.

This 3-D morphology-preserving chemical conversion process provides a means of generating patterned photoluminescent inorganic structures with an enormous variety of morphologies derived from (bio)organic templates and tailorable color(s) (via doping of BaTiO3 with one or more lanthanides) for unobtrusive, yet highly-distinct labelling of documents or goods for tracking or anticounterfeiting purposes.

C. Pollen-Enabled 3-D Materials: Magnetic Fe3O4 Replicas via Layer-by-Layer Surface Sol-Gel Coating for Tailored Multimodal Adhesion

Adhesion by or on microparticles plays a critical role in a wide range of developing and mature technologies, including drug delivery, catalysis, water/chemical purification, sensing, antifouling coatings and membranes, semiconductor device processing, composite processing, paints, printing, and xerography. Microparticles with rough surfaces and nonspherical shapes are desired for a number of such technologies. However, the scalable fabrication of microparticles with well-controlled surface asperities in a variety of three-dimensional (3D) morphologies and with tailorable chemistries to allow for tunable adhesion remains a difficult synthetic challenge. A rich sustainable source of 3-D microparticles, with complex morphologies affecting dispersion and adhesion in nature, is pollen. Pollen particles come in a wide variety of 3-D shapes and species-specific surface topographies and are produced in large and increasing quantities worldwide by plants. Because the exine (outer layer) of pollen grains is composed of sporopollenin (a complex polymer consisting of carboxylic acids and aromatic moieties cross-linked with aliphatic chains), the pollen surfaces are enriched with hydroxyl groups that provide an abundance of reaction sites for the chemisorption of alkoxide precursors during a surface sol-gel-coating process.

A computer-automated, layer-by-layer, surface sol-gel process has been developed by the Sandhage group to convert the sporopollenin-based exine of pollen grains into magnetic Fe3O4 replicas. Secondary electron images of a starting cleaned sunflower pollen grain are shown in Figure 18a. The sunflower pollen grains were roughly spherical in shape and possessed echini (spines) of relatively high aspect ratio (height/width-at-mid-height ratio of ∼5:1). A secondary electron image of a sunflower pollen particle after exposure to 30 surface sol-gel Fe-O deposition cycles is shown in Figure 18b. The highly conformal nature of the surface sol-gel Fe-O-bearing coating was evident from the preservation of the echini and the fine pores at the base of the echini (as indicated by the arrows in Figure 18b). The coated pollen particles were then heated in air at 600°C for 4 h to allow for pyrolysis of the pollen template and crystallization of the oxide coating. Complete pyrolysis of the sporopollenin during this treatment was confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis. Although smaller in diameter than the starting as-coated pollen particles, these hematite particles retained the 3-D shapes and surface features of the starting pollen grains (Figure 18c). Indeed, the high-fidelity nature of such replication was revealed by images of the same particle before (Figure 18b) and after (Figure 18c) the 600°C/4 h treatment. (Note that the arrows in Figures 18b and c reveal the same spine and fine pore present before and after this thermal treatment.) Conversion of these hematite (Fe2O3) replicas into magnetite (Fe3O4) was conducted via use of a thermal treatment with a Rhines pack. An excess powder mixture of iron and magnetite was sealed along with hematite pollen replicas

within a mild steel ampule. The ampule was then heated to 550°C for 2 h. The oxygen partial pressure established within the ampule by the Fe/Fe3O4 equilibrium at 550°C allowed for complete conversion of the replica particles into phase-pure nanocrystalline magnetite, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Scherrer analyses yielded an average magnetite crystallite size of 34 nm. Secondary electron images (Figure 18d) indicated that the 3-D morphology and sharp echini of the sunflower pollen were retained by the magnetite replicas. (Note that the arrows in Figures 18c and d show the same spine and fine pore before and after this Rhines pack thermal treatment.)

To allow for quantitative evaluation of the adhesion of the magnetite pollen replicas to various substrate surfaces, single replica particles were attached to AFM cantilevers (Figure 19a). Contact mode AFM measurements were then used (in collaboration with the Meredith group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech) to evaluate the short-range (van der Waals-based) and long range (magnetic) adhesion of such particles to a variety of substrates, including Si and an axially-poled Nd-Fe-B alloy coated with a thin foil of Ni. As revealed in Figure 19b, a similar short-range van der Waals adhesion force of ∼40 nN was observed for the Fe3O4 sunflower pollen particle in contact with either the Si substrate or the Ni-coated Nd-alloy magnet substrate. However, an appreciable additional magnetic attractive force of ∼40 nN was detected between the ferrimagnetic Fe3O4 sunflower pollen replica and the disk-shaped Ni-coated Nd-alloy substrate at locations near the outer edge of this substrate, which is where the magnetic field intensity associated with this magnetized Ni-Nd substrate was the highest. The magnetic interaction between the Fe3O4 sunflower pollen replicas and the magnetized edge of the Ni-coated Nd-alloy substrate persisted out to a separation distance of ∼1 mm.

This work demonstrates that a highly-conformal, layer-by-layer, surface sol-gel-coating process can be used along with controlled modest-temperature thermal treatments to convert pollen particles into nanocrystalline ferrimagnetic (Fe3O4 ) replicas exhibiting multimodal adhesion via short-range van der Waals-based attraction and short-to-longrange (up to ∼1 mm) magnetic attraction. The wide variety of 3-D particle shapes and surface topographies available from pollen generated by different plants and the ability of this coating process to produce high-fidelity nanocrystalline replicas with controlled amounts of magnetic oxide (by adjusting the number of deposition cycles) allows for the syntheses of pollen-derived microparticles with highly tailorable multimodal adhesion.

D. Protein-Enabled Hybrid Coatings: Enzyme/Oxide Coatings via Layer-by-Layer Protamine-Based Deposition for Biocatalysis

The protamine-enabled, layer-by-layer deposition process discussed above has also been utilized to generate functional enzyme/oxide coatings. In collaboration with the Kröger group (now at B CUBE Center for Molecular Bioengineering, Dept. Chemistry & Food Chemistry, Technical University of Dresden), a protamine-enabled process has been developed for the controlled immobilization of the model enzyme, glucose oxidase (GOx), on Stöber silica substrates. Protamine (PA) molecules were covalently linked toGOx using the amine-reactive homobifunctional crosslinking molecule, bis(sulfosuccinimidyl) suberate. At pH 7, the resulting hybrid molecule, GOx-PA, exhibited a positive zeta potential (ζ = + 5.1 ± 1.0 mV) unlike the GOx molecule alone (ζ = –2.9 ± 1.6 mV). The layer-by-layer deposition process was then conducted with the use of positively-charged PA or GOx-PA molecules as the binding and mineralizing agents for a given deposition cycle. Coatings with silica (using a freshly-prepared silicic acid precursor from acid hydrolysis of TMOS) or titania (using a TiBALDH precursor) were examined. The influence of the position of the hybrid GOx-PA molecule within 5 layers of deposited coating on the activity of the enzyme (relative to the free GOx-PA molecule in solution) is shown in Figure 20. The activities of the different enzyme-bearing samples were dependent on both the particular layer location in which the enzyme was immobilized and the oxide composition of the coating. The activity of the enzyme increased as the enzyme was placed in layers located closer to the outer surface and was modestly higher in Si-O-bearing coatings as compared to Ti-O-bearing coatings. Indeed, GOx-PA immobilized in the fourth of five Si-O-bearing layers (specimen Si4 in Figure 20) exhibited essentially the same activity as the enzyme in solution, although a lower activity level resulted when the enzyme was immobilized in Ti-O-bearing coatings (specimen Ti4). The higher apparent enzymatic activity of the Si-O-bearing coatings, for the same layer position within the coating, was attributed to an enhanced rate of glucose diffusion through the Si-O-bearing coatings, due to the higher meso- and macroporosity values and reduced thickness, of Si-O-bearing coatings relative to the Ti- O-bearing coatings.

To investigate the effect of GOx-PA immobilization within a nanoscale mineral-bearing coating on the thermal stability of the enzyme, Si4 and Ti4 coated particles (i.e., GOx- PA immobilized in the fourth of five layers of Si-O- or Ti-O-coated silica spheres) were incubated at 65°C. Over a period of 48 h, aliquots were periodically removed and assayed for GOx activity. A rapid decrease in enzymatic activity for GOx-PA in solution was observed (Figure 21a), with a complete loss of activity after 90 min, which wasconsistent with previous results observed for the thermal denaturation of GOx in solution. In contrast, GOx-PA immobilized in Si-O and Ti-O retained 41.4 ± 7.5% and 21.9 ± 1.7% activity, respectively, after 90 min. Even after 3 h of incubation at 65°C, immobilized GOx-PA still exhibited 27.6 ± 4.0% (Si4) and 16.4 ± 2.8% (Ti4) of the original activity (Figure 21a). These data demonstrated that GOx-PA molecules immobilized inside Si-O and Ti-O nanoscale coatings were substantially stabilized against thermal denaturation. Inside the oxide films, protein unfolding (with an associated increase in protein volume) may be inhibited, thus stabilizing the native conformation and activity of the enzyme. To test whether this mechanism played a role in thermal stabilization of GOx-PA molecules immobilized within Ti-O-bearing and Si-Obearing coatings, protease accessibility experiments were performed. GOx-PA-bearing Ti4 and Si4 particles and free GOx-PA were exposed for 24 h to pronase (a highlyactive unspecific protease mixture). While >75% of free GOx-PA in solution was degraded, >81% of the immobilized GOx-PA molecules remained active in the Ti4 and Si4 samples (Figure 21b). This indicated that GOx-PA molecules were largely inaccessible within the Si-O and Ti-O nanoscale coatings, consistent with the enzyme being contained with nanoscale cavities.

This work demonstrates that a protein-enabled layer-by-layer coating process, involving the use of a properly-modified and properly-distributed functional enzyme within a nanoscale bio-organic/inorganic composite coating, can allow for full retention of enzymatic activity while providing enhanced stability against thermal and biochemical (protease) degradation. It is envisioned that this general strategy may be utilized togenerate functional and robust biomolecule-bearing nanoscale composite coatings for a variety of highly-demanding (bio)technological applications.


  1. B. Cocilovo, O. Herrera, S. Mehravar, Y. Fang, K. H. Sandhage, K. Kieu, R. A. Norwood, “Surface-Enhanced Two-Photon Excitation Fluorescence of Various Fluorophores Evaluated Using a Multiphoton Microscope,” J. Lightwave Technol., accepted, in press.
  2. I. J. Gomez, W. B. Goodwin, D. Sabo, Z. J. Zhang, K. H. Sandhage*, J. C. Meredith*, “Three-Dimensional Magnetite Replicas of Pollen Particles with Tailorable and Predictable Multimodal Adhesion,” J. Mater. Chem. C, 3 (3) 632-643 (2015).
  3. M. Lai, C. D. Hermann, R. Olivares-Navarrete, A. Cheng, R. A. Gittens, M. Walker, Y. Cai, K. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, Z. Schwartz, B. D. Boyan, “Role of a2b1 Integrins in Mediating Cell Shape on Microtextured Titanium Surfaces,” J. Biomed. Mater. Res. A, 103A (2) 564-573 (2015).
  4. K. Kieu, C. Li, Y. Fang, G. Cohoon, O. D. Herrera, M. Hildebrand, K. H. Sandhage, R. A. Norwood, “Structure-based Optical Filtering by the Silica Microshell of the Centric Marine Diatom Coscinodiscus wailesii,” Optics Express, 22 (13) 15992-15999 (2014).
  5. M. B. Barta, J. H. Nadler, Z. Kang, B. K. Wagner, R. Rosson, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, B. Kahn, “Composition Optimization of Scintillating Rare-Earth Nanocrystals in Oxide Glass-Ceramics for Radiation Spectroscopy,” Appl. Optics, 53 (16) D21-D28 (2014).
  6. R. A. Gittens, R. Olivares-Navarrete, S. L. Hyzy, K. H. Sandhage, Z. Schwartz, B. D. Boyan, “Osteoblast Growth on Micro/Nanorough Titanium-Aluminum-Vanadium Alloy Surfaces Triggers Alternate Integrin Expression Profile,” Connective Tissue Res., 55 (S1) 164-168 (2014).
  7. V. Singh, T. L. Bougher, A. Weathers, Y. Cai, K. Bi, M. T. Pettes, S. A. McMenamin, W. Lu, D. P. Resler, T. R. Gattuso, D. H. Altman, K. H. Sandhage, L. Shi, A. Henry, B. A. Cola, “High Thermal Conductivity of a Chain-Oriented Amorphous Polythiophene,” Nature Nanotechnol., 9 (5) 384-390 (2014).
  8. Z. Xia, S. C. Davis, Ali A. Eftekhar, A. S. Gordin, Murtaza Askari, Qing Li, Farshid Ghasemi, K. H. Sandhage*, A. Adibi*, “High-Sensitivity Silicon-on-Insulator Optical Microresonator Sensors Clad with Thin Magnesiothermically-Formed Porous Silicon,” Adv. Optical Mater., 2 (3) 235-239 (2014).
  9. W. B. Goodwin, I. J. Gomez, Y. Fang, J. C. Meredith, K. H. Sandhage, “Conversion of Pollen Particles into Three-Dimensional Ceramic Replicas Tailored for Multimodal Adhesion,” Chem. Mater., 25 (22) 4529-4536 (2013).
  10. S. C. Davis, V. C. Sheppard, G. Begum, Y. Cai, Y. Fang, J. D. Berrigan, N. Kröger, K. H. Sandhage, “Rapid Flow-through Biocatalysis with High Surface Area, Enzyme-loaded Carbon and Gold-bearing Diatom Frustule Replicas,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 23 [36] 4611-4620 (2013).
  11. B. S. Cook, Y. Fang, S. Kim, T. Le, W. B. Goodwin, K. H. Sandhage, M. M. Tentzeris, “Inkjet Catalyst Printing and Electroless Copper Deposition for Low-Cost Patterned Microwave Passive Devices on Paper,” Electron. Mater. Lett., 9 [5] 669-676 (2013).
  12. M. B. Dickerson, W. Lyon, W. E. Gruner, P. A. Mirau, M. L. Jespersen, Y. Fang, K. H. Sandhage, R. R. Naik, “Unlocking the Latent Antimicrobial Potential of Biomimetically Synthesized Inorganic Materials,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 23 [34] 4236-4245 (2013).
  13. A. Xing, J. Zhang, K. Chen, Z. Bao, Y. Mei, A. S. Gordin, K. H. Sandhage, “A Magnesiothermic Reaction Process for the Scalable Production of Mesoporous Silicon for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries,” Chem. Commun., 49 (60) 6743-6745 (2013).
  14. R. A. Gittens, R. Olivares-Navarrete, A. Cheng, D. M. Anderson, T. McLachlan, I. Stephan, J. Geis-Gerstorfer, K. H. Sandhage, A. G. Fedorov, F. Rupp, B. D. Boyan, R. Tannenbaum, Z. Schwartz, “The Roles of Titanium Surface Micro/Nanotopography and Wettability on the Differential Response of Human Osteoblast Lineage Cells,” Acta Biomater., 9 (35) 6268-6277 (2013).
  15. Y. Kim, M. Kathaperumal, O. Smith, M.-J. Pan, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, J. W. Perry, “High Energy Density Sol-Gel Thin Film based on Neat 2-Cyanoethyltrimethoxysilane,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interf., 5 (5) 1544-1547 (2013).
  16. J. D. Berrigan, T. McLachlan, J. R. Deneault, Y. Cai, T.-S. Kang, M. F. Durstock, K. H. Sandhage, “Conversion of Porous Anodic Al2O3 into Freestanding, Uniformly-Aligned Multi-wall TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrode Applications,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 1 (1) 128-134 (2013).
  17. K. Chen, Z. Bao, J. Shen, G. Wu, B. Zhou, K. H. Sandhage, “Freestanding Monolithic Silicon Aerogels,” J. Mater. Chem., 22 [32] 16196-16200 (2012).
  18. D. W. Lipke, Y. Zhang, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, “Intragranular Tungsten/Zirconium Carbide Nanocomposites via a Selective Liquid/Solid Displacement Reaction,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 95 [9] 2769-2772 (2012).
  19. J. P. Vernon, N. Hobbs, A. Lethbridge, P. Vukusic, D. D. Deheyn, K. H. Sandhage, “3-D Photoluminescent Lanthanide-doped Barium Titanate Structures Synthesized by Coating and Shape-preserving Reaction of Complex-shaped Bioorganic Templates,” J. Mater. Chem., 22 (21) 10435-10437 (2012). (Inside Front Cover)
  20. R. A. Gittens, R. Olivares-Navarrete, T. McLachlan, Y. Cai, S. L. Hyzy, J. M. Schneider, Z. Schwartz, K. H. Sandhage, B. D. Boyan, “Differential Responses of Osteoblast Lineage Cells to Nanotopographically-Modified, Microroughened Titanium-Aluminum-Vanadium Alloy Surfaces,” Biomater., 33 (35) 8986-8994 (2012).
  21. Y. Fang, V. W. Chen, Y. Cai, J. D. Berrigan, S. R. Marder, J. W. Perry, K. H. Sandhage, “Biologically-enabled Syntheses of Freestanding Metallic Structures Possessing Subwavelength Pore Arrays for Extraordinary (Plasmon-Mediated) Infrared Transmission,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 22 [12] 2550-2559 (2012). (Back Cover)
  22. H. Cheun, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J. Shim, Y. Fang, Y. Cai, H. Li, A. Sigdel, J. Meyer, J. Maibach, A. Dindar, Y. Zhou, J. Berry, J.-L. Bredas, A. Kahn, K. H. Sandhage, B. Kippelen, “Oriented Growth of Al2O3:ZnO Nanolaminates for Use as Electron-Selective Electrodes in Inverted Polymer Solar Cells,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 22 [7] 1531-1538 (2012).
  23. Y. Fang, J. D. Berrigan, Y. Cai, S. R. Marder, K. H. Sandhage, “Syntheses of Nanostructured Cu- and Ni-based Micro-assemblies with Selectable 3-D Hierarchical Biogenic Morphologies,” J. Mater. Chem., 22 (4) 1305-1312 (2012). (Highlighted in Editors’ Choice section of the Jan. 20, 2012 edition of Science)
  24. D. K. Hwang, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J. D. Berrigan, Y. Fang, J. Kim, W. J. Potscavage, Jr., H. Cheun, K. H. Sandhage, B. Kippelen, “Solvent and Polymer Matrix Effects on TIPS-Pentacene/Polymer Blend Organic Field-Effect Transistors,“ J. Mater. Chem., 22, 5531-5537 (2012).
  25. Z. Bao, M.-K. Song, S. Davis, Y. Cai, M. Liu, K. H. Sandhage, “Bio-enabled Syntheses of Hollow, High Surface Area, Micro/mesoporous Carbon Particles with Selectable 3-D Biogenic Morphologies for Tailored Catalysis, Filtration, or Adsorption,” Energy Environ. Sci., 4 (10) 3980-3984 (2011).
  26. N. R. Haase, S. Shian, K. H. Sandhage, N. Kröger, “Biocatalytic Nanoscale Coatings Through Biomimetic Layer-by-Layer Mineralization,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 21 (22) 4243-4251 (2011).
  27. H. Cheun, J. D. Berrigan, Y. Zhou, M. Fenoll, J. Shim, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, K. H. Sandhage, B. Kippelen, “Roles of Thermally-induced Vertical Phase Segregation and Crystallization on the Photovoltaic Performance of Bulk Heterojunction Inverted Polymer Solar Cells,” Energy Env. Sci., 4 (9) 3456-3460 (2011).
  28. S. Kim, Y. Bastani, H. Lu, W. King, S. R. Marder, K. H. Sandhage, A. Gruverman, E. Riedo, N. Bassiri-Gharb, “Direct Patterning of Arbitrary-Shaped Ferroelectric Nanostructures on Platinized Silicon and Glass Substrates,” Adv. Mater., 23 (33) 3786-3790 (2011). (Inside Front Cover)
  29. J. D. Berrigan, T.-S. Kang, Y. Cai, J. R. Deneault, M. F. Durstock, K. H. Sandhage, “Protein-Enabled Layer-by-Layer Syntheses of Aligned, Porous-Wall, High-Aspect-Ratio TiO2 Nanotube Arrays,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 21, 1693-1700 (2011). (Inside Front Cover)
  30. R. A. Gittens I., T. McLachlan, Y. Cai, S. Berner, R. Tannenbaum, Z. Schwartz, K. H. Sandhage, B. D. Boyan, “The Effects of Combined Micron-/Submicron-scale Surface Roughness and Nanoscale Features on Cell Proliferation and Differentiation,” Biomater., 32, 3395-3403 (2011).
  31. H. Cheun, J. B. Kim, Y. H. Zhou, Y. Fang, A. Dindar, J. Shim, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, K. H. Sandhage, B. Kippelen, “Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Amorphous Indium Zinc Oxide as the Electron-Collecting Electrode,” Optics Express, 18 [104] A506-A512 (2010).
  32. J. P. Vernon, Y. Fang, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, “Morphology-preserving Conversion of a 3D Bio-organic Template into a Nanocrystalline Multicomponent Oxide Compound,” Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., 49, 7765-7768 (2010).
  33. K. H. Sandhage, “Materials ‘Alchemy’: Shape-preserving Chemical Transformation of Micro-to-Macroscopic 3-D Structures,” JOM, 62 [6] 32-43 (2010).
  34. S. Shian, K. H. Sandhage, “Hexagonal and Cubic TiOF2,” J. Appl. Crystall., 43 [4] 757-761 (2010).
  35. B. Hatton, L. Mishchenko, S. Davis, K. H. Sandhage, J. Aizenberg, “Assembly of Large Area, Highly Ordered, Crack Free Inverse Opal Films,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 107 [23] 10354-10359 (2010).
  36. D. W. Lipke, Y. Zhang, Y. Liu, B. C. Church, K. H. Sandhage, “Near Net Shape/Net Dimension ZrC/W-based Composites with Complex Geometries via Rapid Prototyping and Displacive Compensation of Porosity (DCP),” J. Euro. Ceram. Soc., 30, 2265-2277 (2010).
  37. N. Kröger, K. H. Sandhage, “From Diatom Biomolecules to Bio-inspired Syntheses of Silica- and Titania-based Materials,” MRS Bull., 35 [2] 122-126 (2010).
  38. Y. Fang, Q. Wu, M. B. Dickerson, Y. Cai, S. Shian, J. D. Berrigan, N. Poulsen, N. Kröger, K. H. Sandhage, “Protein-Mediated Layer-by-Layer Syntheses of Freestanding Microscale Titania Structures with Biologically-assembled 3-D Morphologies,” Chem. Mater., 21 [24] 5704-5710 (2009).
  39. S. Shian, K. H. Sandhage, “A Gas-Tight, Cu Ka X-ray Transparent Reaction Chamber for High Temperature X-ray Diffraction Analyses of Halide Gas/Solid Reactions,” Rev. Sci. Instr., 80, 115108/1-115108/7 (2009).
  40. G. Wang, Y. Fang, P. Kim, A. Hayek, M. R. Weatherspoon, J. W. Perry, K. H. Sandhage, S. R. Marder, S. C. Jones, “Layer-by-Layer Dendritic Growth of Hyperbranched Thin Films for Surface Sol-Gel Syntheses of Conformal, Functional, Nanocrystalline Oxide Coatings on Complex 3-D (Bio)Silica Templates,” Adv. Funct. Mater., 19 [17] 2768-2776 (2009). (Frontispiece)
  41. Y. Liu, D. W. Lipke, Y. Zhang, K. H. Sandhage, “The Kinetics of Incongruent Reduction of Tungsten Carbide (WC) via Reaction with a Hafnium-Copper (Hf-Cu) Melt,” Acta Mater., 57, 3924-3931 (2009).
  42. Z. Bao, E. M. Ernst, S. Yoo, K. H. Sandhage, “Syntheses of Porous Self-Supporting Metal Nanoparticle Assemblies with 3-D Morphologies Inherited from Biosilica Templates (Diatom Frustules),” Adv. Mater., 21 [4] 474-478 (2009).
  43. R. F. Shepherd, P. Panda, Z. Bao, K. H. Sandhage, J. A. Lewis, P. S. Doyle, “Stop-Flow Lithography of Colloidal, Glass, and Silicon Microcomponents,” Adv. Mater., 20 [24] 4734-4739 (2008).
  44. M. B. Dickerson, K. H. Sandhage, R. R. Naik, “The Protein and Peptide-Directed Syntheses of Inorganic Materials,” Chem. Rev., 108 (11) 4935-4978 (2008).
  45. Y. Fang, N. Poulsen, M. B. Dickerson, Y. Cai, S. E. Jones, R. R. Naik, N. Kröger, K. H. Sandhage, “Identification of Peptides Capable of Inducing the Formation of Titania but not Silica via a Subtractive Bacteriophage Display Approach,” J. Mater. Chem., 18, 3871-3875 (2008).
  46. C. M. Carney, S. A. Akbar, Y. Cai, S. Yoo, K. H. Sandhage, “Reactive Conversion of Polycrystalline SnO2 into Single Crystal SnO2 Nanofiber Arrays at Low Oxygen Partial Pressure,” J. Mater. Res., 23 [10] 2639-2644 (2008).
  47. M. R. Weatherspoon, Y. Cai, M. Crne, M. Srinivasarao, K. H. Sandhage, “3-D Rutile Titania-based Structures with Morpho Butterfly Wing Scale Morphologies,” Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 47, 7921-7923 (2008).
  48. M. B. Dickerson, S. E. Jones, Y. Cai, G. Ahmad, R. R. Naik, N. Kröger, K. H. Sandhage, “Identification and Design of Peptides for the Rapid, High Yield Formation of Nanoparticulate TiO2 from Aqueous Solutions at Room Temperature,” Chem. Mater., 20 [4] 1578-1584 (2008).
  49. G. Ahmad, M. B. Dickerson, Y. Cai, S. E. Jones, E. M. Ernst, M. S. Haluska, Y. Fang, J. Wang, G. Subramanyam, R. R. Naik, K. H. Sandhage, “Rapid Bio-Enabled Formation of Ferroelectric BaTiO3 at Room Temperature from an Aqueous Salt Solution at Near Neutral pH,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 [1] 4-5 (2008).
  50. A. D. Mann, R. R Naik, H. C. DeLong, K. H. Sandhage, “Biomimetic and Bio-Enabled Materials Science and Engineering: Introduction,” J. Mater. Res., 23 [12] 3137-3139 (2008).
  51. M. R. Weatherspoon, M. B. Dickerson, G. Wang, Y. Cai, S. Shian, S. C. Jones, S. R. Marder, K. H. Sandhage, “Thin, Conformal, and Continuous SnO2 Coatings on Hydroxyl-Amplified Biosilica (Diatom) Templates via Layer-by-Layer Alkoxide Deposition,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46, 5724-5727 (2007).
  52. Y. Cai, M. B. Dickerson, M. S. Haluska, Z. Kang, C. J. Summers, K. H. Sandhage, “Manganese-doped Zinc Orthosilicate-bearing Phosphor Microparticles with Controlled 3-D Shapes Derived from Diatom Frustules,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 90 [4] 1304-1308 (2007).
  53. E. M. Ernst, B. C. Church, C. S. Gaddis, R. L. Snyder, K. H. Sandhage, “Enhanced Hydrothermal Conversion of Surfactant-modified Diatom Microshells into Barium Titanate Replicas,” J. Mater. Res., 22 [5] 1121-1127 (2007).
  54. S.-J. Lee, S. Shian, Ch.-H. Huang, K. H. Sandhage, “Rapid, Non-Photocatalytic Destruction of Organophosphorous Esters Induced by Nanostructured Titania-based Replicas of Diatom Microshells,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 90 [5] 1632-1636 (2007).
  55. Z. Bao, M. R. Weatherspoon, Y. Cai, S. Shian, P. D. Graham, S. M. Allan, G. Ahmad, M. B. Dickerson, B. C. Church, Z. Kang, C. J. Summers, H. W. Abernathy, III, M. Liu, K. H. Sandhage, “Shape-preserving Reduction of Silica Micro-Assemblies into Microporous Silicon Replicas,” Nature, 446 [3] 172-175 (2007).
  56. U. Kusari, Z. Bao, Y. Cai, G. Ahmad, K. H. Sandhage, L. G. Sneddon, “Formation of Nanostructured, Nanocrystalline Boron Nitride Microparticles with Diatom-Derived 3-D Shapes,” Chem. Comm., [11] 1177-1179 (2007).
  57. N. Kroger, M. B. Dickerson, G. Ahmad, Y. Cai, M. S. Haluska, K. H. Sandhage, N. Poulsen, V. C. Sheppard, “Bio-enabled Synthesis of Rutile (TiO2) at Ambient Temperature and Neutral pH,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45, 7239-7243 (2006).
  58. A. W. Schill, C. S. Gaddis, W. Qian, M. A. El-Sayed Y. Cai, V. T. Milam, K. H. Sandhage, “Ultrafast Electronic Relaxation and Charge Carrier Localization in CdS/CdSe/CdS Quantum Dot Heterostructures,” Nano Lett., 6 [9] 1940-1949 (2006).
  59. G. Ahmad, M. B. Dickerson, B. C. Church, Y. Cai, S. E. Jones, R. R. Naik, J. S. King, C. J. Summers, N. Kroger, K. H. Sandhage, “Rapid, Room-Temperature Formation of Crystalline Calcium Molybdate Phosphor Microparticles via Peptide-Induced Precipitation,” Adv. Mater., 18, 1759-1763 (2006).
  60. E. Koep, C. Jin, M. S. Haluska, R. Das, R. Narayan, K. H. Sandhage, R. L. Snyder, M. Liu, “Microstructure and Electrochemical Properties of Cathode Materials for SOFCs Prepared via Pulsed Laser Deposition,” J. Power Sources, 161 [1] 250-255 (2006).
  61. S. Yoo, H. Rick, K. H. Sandhage, S. A. Dregia, S. A. Akbar, “Kinetic Mechanism of TiO2 Nanocarving via Reaction with Hydrogen Gas,” J. Mater. Res., 21 [7] 1822-1829 (2006).
  62. H. R. Luckarift, M. B. Dickerson, K. H. Sandhage, J. C. Spain, “Rapid, Room-Temperature Synthesis of Anti-bacterial Bio-nano-composites of Lysozyme with Amorphous Silica or Titania,” Small, 2 [5] 640-643 (2006). (Cover Article)
  63. M. R. Weatherspoon, M. S. Haluska, Y. Cai, J. S. King, C. J. Summers, R. L. Snyder, K. H. Sandhage, “Phosphor Microparticles of Controlled 3-D Shape from Phytoplankton,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 153 [2] H34-H37 (2006).
  64. S. Shian, Y. Cai, M. R. Weatherspoon, S. M. Allan, K. H. Sandhage, “Three-Dimensional Assemblies of Zirconia Nanocrystals via Shape-preserving Reactive Conversion of Diatom Microshells,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 89 [2] 694-698 (2006).
  65. M. S. Haluska, I. Dragomir, K. H. Sandhage, and R. L. Snyder, “X-ray Diffraction Analyses of 3-D MgO-based Replicas of Diatom Microshells Synthesized by a Low-Temperature Gas/Solid Displacement Reaction,” Powder Diff., 20 [4] 306-310 (2005).
  66. M. S. Haluska, R. L. Snyder, K. H. Sandhage, S. T. Misture, “A Closed, Heated Reaction Chamber Design for Dynamic High-Temperature X-ray Diffraction Analyses of Gas/Solid Displacement Reactions,” Rev. Sci. Instr., 76, 126101-1 - 126101-4 (2005).
  67. Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, “Zn2SiO4-coated Microparticles with Biologically-controlled 3-D Shapes,” Phys. Stat. Sol. (a), 202 [10] R105-R107 (2005). (Cover Article)
  68. K. H. Sandhage, R. L. Snyder, G. Ahmad, S. M. Allan, Y. Cai, M. B. Dickerson, C. S. Gaddis, M. S. Haluska, S. Shian, M. R. Weatherspoon, R. A. Rapp, R. R. Unocic, F. M. Zalar, Y. Zhang, M. Hildebrand, B. P. Palenik, “Merging Biological Self-assembly with Synthetic Chemical Tailoring: The Potential for 3-D Genetically-Engineered Micro/nanodevices (3-D GEMS),” Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Technol., 2 [4] 317-326 (2005).
  69. . Y. Cai, S. M. Allan, F. M. Zalar, K. H. Sandhage, “Three-dimensional Magnesia-based Nanocrystal Assemblies via Low-Temperature Magnesiothermic Reaction of Diatom Microshells,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 88 [7] 2005-2010 (2005).
  70. M. R. Weatherspoon, S. M. Allan, E. Hunt, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, “Sol-Gel Synthesis on Self-Replicating Single-Cell Scaffolds: Applying Complex Chemistries to Nature’s 3-D Nanostructured Templates,” Chem. Comm., [5] 651-653 (2005).
  71. J. Zhao, C. S. Gaddis, Y. Cai, K. H. Sandhage, “Free-standing Microscale Structures of Zirconia Nanocrystals with Biologically Replicable 3-D Shapes,” J. Mater. Res., 20 [2] 282-287 (2005).
  72. M. B. Dickerson, R. R. Naik, P. M. Sarosi, G. Agarwal, M. O. Stone, K. H. Sandhage, “Ceramic Nanoparticle Assemblies with Tailored Shapes and Tailored Chemistries via Biosculpting and Shape-preserving Inorganic Conversion,” J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 5 [1], 63-67 (2005).
  73. C. S. Gaddis, K. H. Sandhage, “Freestanding Microscale 3-D Polymeric Structures with Biologically-derived Shapes and Nanoscale Features,” J. Mater. Res., 19 [9], 2541-2545 (2004).
  74. M. B. Dickerson, R. R. Naik, M. O. Stone, Y. Cai, and K. H. Sandhage, “Identification of Peptides that Promote the Rapid Precipitation of Germania Nanoparticle Networks via Use of a Peptide Display Library,” Chem. Comm., 15, 1776-1777 (2004).
  75. S. Yoo, S. A. Akbar, K. H. Sandhage, “Nanocarving of Titania (TiO2): A Novel Approach for Fabricating a Chemical Sensing Platform,” Ceram. Int., 30 [7] 1121-1126 (2004).
  76. M. B. Dickerson, P. J. Wurm, J. R. Schorr, W. P. Hoffman, E. Hunt, K. H. Sandhage, “Near Net-Shaped, Ultra-High Melting, Recession-Resistant Rocket Nozzles Liners via the Displacive Compensation of Porosity (DCP) Method,” J. Mater. Sci., 39 (19) 6005-6015 (2004).
  77. R. R. Unocic, F. M. Zalar, P. M. Sarosi, Y. Cai, and K. H. Sandhage, “Anatase Assemblies from Algae: Coupling Biological Self-assembly of 3-D Nanoparticle Structures with Synthetic Reaction Chemistry,” Chem. Comm., [7] 795-796 (2004).
  78. S. Yoo, S. A. Akbar, K. H. Sandhage, “Oriented Single Crystal Titania Nanofibers via Nanocarving with Hydrogen-bearing Gas,” Adv. Mater., 16 [3] 260-264 (2004).
  79. Z. Grzesik, M. B. Dickerson, K. H. Sandhage, “The Incongruent Reduction of Tungsten Carbide by a Zirconium-Copper Melt,” J. Mater. Res., 18 [9] 2135-2140 (2003).
  80. N. A. Travitzky, P. Kumar, K. H. Sandhage, R. Janssen, N. Claussen, “In Situ Synthesis of Al2O3 Reinforced Ni-based Composites,” Adv. Eng. Mater., 5 [4] 256-259 (2003).
  81. N. Travitzky, P. Kumar, K. H. Sandhage, R. Janssen, and N. Claussen, ”Rapid Syntheses of Al2O3 Reinforced Fe-Cr-Ni Composites,” Mater. Sci. Eng. A, A344, 245-252 (2003).
  82. K. H. Sandhage, M. B. Dickerson, P. M. Huseman, M. A. Caranna, J. D. Clifton, T. A. Bull, T. J. Heibel, W. R. Overton, M. E. A. Schoenwaelder, “Novel, Bioclastic Route to Self-Assembled, 3-D, Chemically Tailored Meso/Nanostructures: Shape-Preserving Reactive Conversion of Biosilica (Diatom) Microshells,” Adv. Mater., 14 [6] 429-433 (2002).
  83. M. B. Dickerson, R. L. Snyder, and K. H. Sandhage, “Dense, Near Net-Shaped, Carbide/Refractory Metal Composites at Modest Temperatures by the Displacive Compensation of Porosity (DCP) Method,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 85 [3] 730-732 (2002).
  84. M. B. Dickerson, K. H. Sandhage, “Low-Temperature Reaction Casting of Dense, Near Net-Shaped Carbide/Refractory Metal Composites with Tailored Phase Contents,” Latin Am. J. Metall. Mater., 21 [1] 18-24 (2001).
  85. P. Kumar, N. A. Travitsky, P. Beyer, K. H. Sandhage, R. Janssen, N. Claussen, “Reactive Casting of Ceramic Composites (R-3C),” Scripta Mater., 44 [5] 751-757 (2001).
  86. S. Vilayannur, K. H. Sandhage, “Selective Internal Oxidation of the Noble-Metal-Rich Intermetallic Compound, BaAg5,” Oxid. Met., 55 [1,2] 87-103 (2001).
  87. R. Citak, M. Turker, K. H. Sandhage, "Effect of Mechanical Alloying Duration on the Microstructure in Composites Produced Via Oxidation of Ba-Al Powders,” Turkish J. Eng. Environmental Sci., 25 [3] 205-210 (2001).
  88. S. Vilayannur, K. H. Sandhage, S. Dregia, “Selective External Oxidation of the Intermetallic Compound, BaAg5,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 147 [7] 2805-2813 (2000).
  89. P. I. Gouma, M. J. Mills, K. H. Sandhage, “The Fabrication of Free-Standing Titania-based Gas Sensors by the Oxidation of Metallic Titanium Foils,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 83 [4] 1007-1009 (2000).
  90. K. H. Sandhage, S. M. Allameh, P. Kumar, H. J. Schmutzler, D. Viers, X.-D. Zhang, “Near Net-Shaped, Alkaline-Earth-bearing Ceramics for Electronic and Refractory Applications via the Oxidation of Solid, Metal-bearing Precursors (the VIMOX Process),” Mater. & Manuf. Proc., 15 [1] 1-28 (2000).
  91. E. Saw, K. H. Sandhage, P. K. Gallagher, A. S. Litsky, “Near Net-Shaped Calcium Hydroxyapatite by the Oxidation of Machinable, Ca-bearing Precursors (the Volume Identical Metal Oxidation, or VIMOX, Process),” J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 83 [4] 998-1000 (2000).
  92. T. J. Detrie, K. H. Sandhage, “The Fabrication of Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8±x/Ag Superconducting Tapes by the Oxidation and Post-Oxidation (Partial Melt) Annealing of Malleable, Metal-Bearing Precursors,” J. Mater. Res., 15 [2] 306-316 (2000).
  93. E. Saw, K. H. Sandhage, P. K. Gallagher, A. S. Litsky, “The Fabrication of Near Net-Shaped Hydroxyapatite Ceramics by the Oxidation of Solid, Metal-bearing Precursors,” Mater. & Manuf. Proc., 15 [1] 29-46 (2000).


  1. K. H. Sandhage, Z. Bao, "Methods of Fabricating Nanoscale-to-Microscale Structures" U.S. Patent No. 7,615,206, November 10, 2009.
  2. K. H. Sandhage, "Shaped Microcomponents via Reactive Conversion of Synthetic Microtemplates" U.S. Patent No. 7,393,517, July 1, 2008.
  3. S. A. Akbar, S. Yoo, K. H. Sandhage, "Method of Forming Nanostructures on Ceramics" U.S. Patent No. 7,303,723, Dec. 4, 2007.
  4. K. H. Sandhage, "Shaped Microcomponents via Reactive Conversion of Biologically-derived Microtemplates" U.S. Patent No. 7,204,971, April 17, 2007.
  5. K. H. Sandhage, "Shaped Microcomponents via Reactive Conversion of Biologically-derived Microtemplates" U.S. Patent No. 7,067,104, June 27, 2006.
  6. K. H. Sandhage, P. Kumar, "Method for Fabricating Shaped Monolithic Ceramics and Ceramic Composites through Displacive Compensation of Porosity, and Ceramics and Composites made Thereby" U. S. Patent No. 6,833,337, December 21, 2004.
  7. M. J. Mills, K. H. Sandhage, P.-I. Gouma, "Free-Standing Fluid Sensors, Filters, and Catalyst Devices, and Methods Involving Same" U.S. Patent No. 6,689,322, Feb. 10, 2004.
  8. M. J. Mills, K. H. Sandhage, P.-I. Gouma, "Free-Standing Fluid Sensors, Filters, and Catalyst Devices, and Methods Involving Same" U.S. Patent No. 6,682,700, Jan. 27, 2004.
  9. K. H. Sandhage, R. L. Snyder, "Electrolysis Apparatus and Methods Using Urania in Electrodes, and Methods of Producing Reduced Substances, from Oxidized Substances, Including the Electrowinning of Aluminum" U.S. Patent No. 6,616,826, Sept. 9, 2003.
  10. K. H. Sandhage, R. R. Unocic, M. B. Dickerson, M. Timberlake, K. Guerra, "Method for Fabricating High-Melting, Wear-Resistant Ceramics and Ceramic Composites at Low Temperatures, U.S. Patent No. 6,598,656, July 29, 2003.
  11. K. H. Sandhage, P. Kumar, "Method for Fabricating Shaped Monolithic Ceramics and Ceramic Composites through Displacive Compensation of Porosity, and Ceramics and Composites made Thereby" U. S. Patent No. 6,407,022, June 18, 2002.
  12. K. H. Sandhage, "Method for Oxygenating Oxide Superconductive Materials" U.S. Patent No. 6,284,713, Sept. 4, 2001.
  13. N. Claussen, K. H. Sandhage, P. Kumar, R. Janssen, P. Beyer, F. Wagner, N. Travitsky, "Die Casting of Refractory Metal-Ceramic Composite Materials" European Patent No. 1,252,349, German Patent No. 10,047,384, Aug. 9, 2001.
  14. . E. R. Podtburg, K. H. Sandhage, A. Otto, L. J. Masur, C. A. Craven, J. D. Schreiber, "Oxide Superconductor Precursors" U.S. Patent No. 6,219,901, April 24, 2001.
  15. K. H. Sandhage, "Method for Oxygenating Oxide Superconductive Materials" U.S. Patent No. 6,153,561, Nov. 28, 2000.
  16. K. H. Sandhage, R. L. Snyder, "Electrodes, Electrolysis Apparatus and Methods Using Uranium-bearing Ceramic Electrodes, and Methods of Producing a Metal from a Metal Compound, Dissolved in a Molten Salt, Including Electrowinning of Aluminum" U.S. Patent No. 6,146,513, Nov. 14, 2000.
  17. A. Otto, L. J. Masur, E. R. Podtburg, K. H. Sandhage, "High Pressure Oxidation of Precursor Alloys" U.S. Patent No. 6,066,599, May 23, 2000.
  18. E. R. Podtburg, K. H. Sandhage, A. Otto, L. J. Masur, C. A. Craven, J. D. Schreiber, "Composite Metal Preforms for Oxidation to Manufacture High-Temperature Superconductors" U. S. Patent No. 5,851,957, Dec. 22, 1998.
  19. J. Gilliland, A. Morrow, K. H. Sandhage, "Radiation Resistant Optical Waveguide Fiber" U. S. Patent No. 5,681,365, October 28, 1997.
  20. J. Gilliland, A. Morrow, K. H. Sandhage, "Radiation Resistant Optical Waveguide Fiber" U. S. Patent No. 5,509,101, April 16, 1996.
  21. A. Otto, L. Masur, E. Potdburg, K. H. Sandhage, "High Pressure Oxidation of Precursor Alloys" U. S. Patent No. 5,472,527, Dec. 5, 1995.
  22. K. H. Sandhage, "Processes for Fabricating Structural Ceramic Bodies and Structural Ceramic-Bearing Composite Bodies" U. S. Patent No. 5,447,291, Sept. 5, 1995.
  23. K. H. Sandhage, "Electroceramics and Process for Making the Same" U. S. Patent No. 5,318,725, June 7, 1994.
  24. K. H. Sandhage, "A Process for Making Ceramic/Metal and Ceramic/Ceramic Laminates by the Oxidation of a Metal Precursor" U. S. Patent No. 5,259,885, Nov. 9, 1993.
  25. D. R. Powers, K. H. Sandhage, M. J. Stalker, "Method for Making a Preform Doped with a Metal Oxide" U. S. Patent No. 5,203,897, Apr. 20, 1993.
  26. G. D. Smith, G. McKimpson, L. J. Masur, K. H. Sandhage, "Process for Forming Superconductor Precursor" U. S. Patent No. 5,034,373, July, 23, 1991.

John Reynolds

Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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MoSE 2120B

Dr. Reynolds' research interests have involved electrically conducting and electroactive conjugated polymers for over 30 years with work focused to the development of new polymers by manipulating their fundamental organic structure in order to control their optoelectronic and redox properties.

1. Patel, D.G., Graham, K.R., Reynolds, J.R. J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22(7), 3004. "A Diels–Alder crosslinkable host polymer for improved PLED performance: the impact on solution processed doped device and multilayer device performance." 

2. Knott, E.P., Craig, M.R., Liu, D.Y., Babiarz, J.E., Dyer, A.L., Reynolds, J.R. J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22(11), 4953. "A minimally coloured dioxypyrrole polymer as a counter electrode material in polymeric electrochromic window devices." 

3. Stalder, R., Grand, C., Subbiah, J., So, F., Reynolds, J.R. Polymer Chemistry 2012, 3(1), 89. "An isoindigo and dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]silole copolymer for polymer solar cells."

4. Small, C.E., Chen, S., Subbiah, J., Amb, C.M., Tsang, S.-W., Lai, T.-H., Reynolds, J.R., So, F. Nature Photonics 2012, 6(2), 115. "High-efficiency inverted dithienogermole–thienopyrrolodione-based polymer solar cells."

5. Jensen, J., Dam, H.F., Reynolds, J.R., Dyer, A.L., Krebs, F.C. J. Polym. Sci. B Polym. Phys. 2012, 50(8), 536. "Manufacture and demonstration of organic photovoltaic-powered electrochromic displays using roll coating methods and printable electrolytes."

6. Amb, C.M., Craig, M.R., Koldemir, U., Subbiah, J., Choudhury, K.R., Gevorgyan, S.A., Jørgensen, M., Krebs, F.C., So, F., Reynolds, J.R. ACS Appl. Mater. Int. 2012, 4(3), 1847. "Aesthetically Pleasing Conjugated Polymer:Fullerene Blends for Blue-Green Solar Cells Via Roll-to-Roll Processing." 

7. Sun, Y., Chen, Z., Puodziukynaite, E., Jenkins, D.M., Reynolds, J.R., Schanze, K.S. Macromolecules 2012, 45(6), 2632. "Light Harvesting Arrays of Polypyridine Ruthenium(II) Chromophores Prepared by Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization."

8. Subbiah, J., Amb, C.M., Irfan, I., Gao, Y., Reynolds, J.R., So, F. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2012, 4(2), 866. "High-Efficiency Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Double Interlayer." 

9. Patel, D.G., Feng, F., Ohnishi, Y.-ya, Abboud, K.A., Hirata, S., Schanze, K.S., Reynolds, J.R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134(5), 2599. "It Takes More Than an Imine: The Role of the Central Atom on the Electron-Accepting Ability of Benzotriazole and Benzothiadiazole Oligomers." 

10. Ertas, M., Walczak, R.M., Das, R.K., Rinzler, A.G., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2012, 24(3), 433. "Supercapacitors Based on Polymeric Dioxypyrroles and Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes." 

11. Puodziukynaite, E., Oberst, J.L., Dyer, A.L., Reynolds, J.R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134(2), 968. "Establishing Dual Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence and Multicolor Electrochromism in Functional Ionic Transition-Metal Complexes." 

12. Aitken, B.S., Wieruszewski, P.M., Graham, K.R., Reynolds, J.R., Wagener, K.B. Macromolecules 2012, 45(2), 705. "Perfectly Regioregular Electroactive Polyolefins: Impact of Inter-Chromophore Distance on PLED EQE." 

13. Beaujuge, P.M., Vasilyeva, S.V., Liu, D.Y., Ellinger, S., McCarley, T.D., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2012, 24(2), 255. "Structure-Performance Correlations in Spray-Processable Green Dioxythiophene-Benzothiadiazole Donor–Acceptor Polymer Electrochromes." 

14. Graham, K.R., Yang, Y., Sommer, J.R., Shelton, A.H., Schanze, K.S., Xue, J., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(24), 5305. "Extended Conjugation Platinum(II) Porphyrins for use in Near-Infrared Emitting Organic Light Emitting Diodes." 

15. Arroyave, F.A., Reynolds, J.R. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76(21), 8621. "Synthesis of π-Conjugated Molecules Based on 3,4-Dioxypyrroles via Pd-Mediated Decarboxylative Cross-Coupling." 

16. Ellinger, S., Graham, K.R., Shi, P., Farley, R.T., Steckler, T.T., Brookins, R.N., Taranekar, P., Mei, J., Padilha, L.A., Ensley, T.R., Hu, H., Webster, S., Hagan, D.J., Van Stryland, E.W., Schanze, K.S., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(17), 3805. "Donor–Acceptor–Donor-based π-Conjugated Oligomers for Nonlinear Optics and Near-IR Emission." 

17. Stalder, R., Mei, J., Subbiah, J., Grand, C., Estrada, L.A., So, F., Reynolds, J.R. Macromolecules 2011, 44(16), 6303. "n-Type Conjugated Polyisoindigos."

18. Amb, C.M., Chen, S., Graham, K.R., Subbiah, J., Small, C.E., So, F., Reynolds, J.R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133(26), 10062. "Dithienogermole As a Fused Electron Donor in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells." 

19. Dyer, A.L., Thompson, E.J., Reynolds, J.R. ACS Appl. Mater. Int. 2011, 3(6), 1787. "Completing the Color Palette with Spray-Processable Polymer Electrochromics." 

20. Mei, J., Graham, K.R., Stalder, R., Tiwari, S.P., Cheun, H., Shim, J., Yoshio, M., Nuckolls, C., Kippelen, B., Castellano, R.K., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(9), 2285. "Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Based Oligothiophenes for Field-Effect Transistors and Solar Cells." 

21. Bricaud, Q., Fabre, R.M., Brookins, R.N., Schanze, K.S., Reynolds, J.R. Langmuir 2011, 27(8), 5021. "Energy Transfer between Conjugated Polyelectrolytes in Layer-by-Layer Assembled Films." 

22. Mavrinskiy, A., Nielsen, C.B., Reynolds, J.R., Müllen, K., Pisula, W. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(7), 1939. "Influence of the Alkyl Mantle on the Self-Assembly of Phenylene−Thienylene-Based Oligomers." 

23. Vasilyeva, S.V., Beaujuge, P.M., Wang, S., Babiarz, J.E., Ballarotto, V.W., Reynolds, J.R. ACS Appl. Mater. Int. 2011, 3(4), 1022. "Material Strategies for Black-to-Transmissive Window-Type Polymer Electrochromic Devices." 

24. Graham, K.R., Mei, J., Stalder, R., Shim, J., Cheun, H., Steffy, F., So, F., Kippelen, B., Reynolds, J.R. ACS Appl. Mater. Int. 2011, 3(4), 1210. "Polydimethylsiloxane as a Macromolecular Additive for Enhanced Performance of Molecular Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells." 

25. Amb, C.M., Dyer, A.L., Reynolds, J.R. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(3), 397. "Navigating the Color Palette of Solution-Processable Electrochromic Polymers."

Dong Qin

Associate Professor

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MoSE 3100 N

Dr. Qin is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her academic records include a B.S. in chemistry from Fudan University, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a postdoctoral stint in materials science at Harvard University, and an MBA from the University of Washington.

A list of publication is available at

Selected Publications:

Galvanic replacement-free deposition of Au on Ag for core-shell nanocubes with enhanced chemical stability and SERS activity, Y. Yang; J. Liu; Z. Fu; and D. Qin, JACS, 136, 8153-8156, (2014).

Transformation of Ag nanocubes into Ag-Au hollow nanostructures with enriched Ag contents to improve SERS activity and chemical stability, Y. Yang; Q. Zhang; Z. Fu; and D. Qin, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 3750-3757, (2014).

The role of etching in the formation of Ag nanoplates with straight, curved and wavy edges and comparison of their SERS properties, Y. Yang; X. L. Zhong; Q. Zhang; L. G. Blackstad; Z. Fu; Z. Y. Li; and D. Qin, Small, 10, 1430-1437, (2014).

Citrate-free synthesis of Ag nanoplates and the mechanistic study, Q. Zhang; Y. Yang; J. R. Li; R. Iurilli; S. Xie, and D. Qin, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5, 6333-6345, (2013).

Faisal Alamgir

Associate Professor

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Love 373

Dr. Faisal Alamgir joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in 2007.  He received his BA in physics and mathematics at Coe College and his Ph.D. in materials science and technology at Lehigh University.

Research Interests

  • Materials for Energy Storage Conversion and Harvesting
    • Surface atomic, electronic, topographical structure
    • Core-shell structures
    • Photo/electro-catalysis: fuel cells, water splitting, H2 generation
    • Storage of electrochemical energy; Alkali/alkali-earth ion batteries (eg. Li, Na, Mg ion)
    • In-situ experimental approaches material discovery for energy applications
    • Nano-textured materials for energy capture, conversion and storage
  • Nanoscopy and nano-scale structure
    • local atomic/electronic structure using synchrotron-based techniques
    • development of synchrotron-like capabilities in transmission electron microscope (TEMs), to obtain atom-specific radial distribution functions

Invited Oral Presentations 

  1. Surface to Bulk Catalytic Reactions in PEM and Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell (XAFS+ XPS), In-situ Methods of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy workshop, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 24-26, 2013.

  2. Dimension dependent near-surface phase transitions in Pt and their effect in electrocatalytic properties, SERMACS 2013, Atlanta, Nov 12-16, 2013.

  3. Near-Surface Atomic and Electronic Structural Effects in Layer-By-Layer Derived Core-Shell Catalysts ECS, Oct 27-Nov 1.

  4. Atomistic mechanisms in Energy Materials, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (hosted by Nancy Dudney), Nov. 26, 2013.

  5. Frontiers of Energy Research as a Basis for K-12 Science Curriculum, Materials Education—Toward a Lab-to-Classroom Initiative, MRS, April 1-5, 2013.

  6. Symposium on Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy and Quantum Confinement, at the ECS PRIME meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, October, 2012.
  7. Recent Advance in Structural Characterization of Materials: Spectroscopic Methods, MS&T 2011, Colubus, OH, Oct 2011
  8. Surface-to-bulk Structure Manipulation and the Metrology of Atomistic Processes in Energy Related Materials, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, July 2011
  9. Symposium I: Glass Science, GOMD  May 2011, Savannah, GA
  10. Advanced Topics in XAFS Data Modeling, Brookhaven National Lab, Oct. 2010
  11. 59th Annual Denver X-ray Conference plenary lecture, Denver, Aug. 2010
  12. Science of Electrochemically Active Materials, 8 lecture series, University of Bremen, Bremen, July 2010.
  13. NSF sponsored US-Egypt advances Studies Institute, Cairo, Egypt, 2010.
  14. Local Structure Changes in Energy Related Materials under Reaction Condition, University of Ottawa, Dec. 2009.
  15. Species-specific Redox Reaction Studies in Li-ion Batteries using a Synchrotron Source, University of Georgia, Nov. 2009.
  16. Examples of Real Systems in Catalysis, Electrochemistry and Battery Research, In situ and Operando XAFS Workshop, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2009.
  17. Joint Photon Sciences Institute Workshop: Energy Storage Research Opportunities at the National Synchrotron Light Source, BNL, NY, 2009.
  18. Future Directions for In-situ X-ray Scattering, 2009 NSLS-CFN Joint Users’ Meeting.
  19. X-ray Absorption at the Near-edge and Its Applications - International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (NSF center), NY, May 2009.
  20. Atoms in motion – Colloquium at Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA 2008.
  21. Tender’ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, 2007 NSLS-CFN Joint Users’ Meeting.
  22. Thin-film Batteries – IUMACRO-07, New York, 2007.
  23. Physical and Computational Characterization of Nanostructured Electrocatalysts – ACS, San Francisco ’06.

Scholarly Accomplishments
A. Published Book Chapters

  1.  F.M. Alamgir (corresponding author), H. Jain, D.B. Williams, R.B. Schwarz , Sub-nanoscale Structural Origins of the Stability of Pd-Ni-P Model Bulk Metallic Glass, The Science of Complex Alloy Phases, P. Turchi and T. Massalski, editors, TMS, Warrensdale, PA, 2005. 
  2. F.M. Alamgir (corresponding author) and Samson Lai, Synchrotron X-ray Based Operando Studies of Atomic and Electronic Structure in Batteries, Handbook for Solid State Batteries and Capacitors 2nd Edition, World Scientific Pub Co Inc., 2014.

B. Relevant Publications (*corresponding author)

  1. SY Lai, D Ding, M Liu, M Liu, FM Alamgir*, Operando and In situ X-ray Spectroscopies of Degradation in La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3− δ Thin Film Cathodes in Fuel Cells, ChemSusChem 7 (11), (2014) 3078-3087.
  2. MC Mangarella, JL Ewbank, MR Dutzer, FM Alamgir, KS Walton, Synthesis of embedded iron nanoparticles in Fe 3 C-derived carbons, Carbon 79, (2014) 74-84.
  3. H.A. Hamedani, N.K. Allam, MA El‐Sayed, M.A. Khaleel, H Garmestani, F.M. Alamgir, An Experimental Insight into the Structural and Electronic Characteristics of Strontium‐Doped Titanium Dioxide Nanotube Arrays, Advanced Functional Materials 24 (43), (2014) 6783-6796.
  4. AD Winter, E Larios, FM Alamgir, C Jaye, DA Fischer, EM Campo, Polymer-carbon nanotube composites: electrospinning, alignment and interactions, SPIE NanoScience+ Engineering, (2014) 91700H-91700H-7.
  5. AD Winter, E Larios, FM Alamgir, C Jaye, DA Fischer, M Omastová, EM Campo, Thermo-Active Behavior of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate| Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Composites Examined by in Situ near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine-Structure Spectroscopy, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (7), (2014) 3733-3741.
  6. EL Redmond, BP Setzler, FM Alamgir, TF Fuller, Elucidating the oxide growth mechanism on platinum at the cathode in PEM fuel cells, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16 (11), (2014) 5301-5311.
  7. R.A. Gittens, R.O. Navarrete, R. Rettew, R.J. Butera, F.M. Alamgir, B.D. Boyan, Z. Schwartz, Electrical polarization of titanium surfaces for the enhancement of osteoblast differentiation Bioelectromagnetics 34, 8, (2013) 599-612.
  8. AD Winter, E Larios, FM Alamgir, C Jaye, DA Fischer, EM Campo, Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Studies of Electrospun Poly (dimethylsiloxane)/Poly (methylmethacrylate)/Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Composites,  Langmuir 29 (51), (2013) pp 15822–15830.
  9. R. Nashed, F.M. Alamgir, S.S. Jang, Y. Ismail,M.A. El-Sayed and N.K. Allam, Bandgap bowing in Ta-W-O system for efficient solar energy conversion: Insights from density functional theory and X-ray diffraction, Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, (2013) 133905.
  10. J.D. Greenlee, C.F. Petersburg, W. Daly, F.M. Alamgir*, and W.A. Doolittle, In-situ investigation of the channel conductance of a Li1-xCoO2 (0 < x < 0.5)- ionic-electronic transistor, accepted in Appl. Phys. Lett 102, (2013) 213502. DOI: 10.1063/1.4807424.
  11. R.E. Rettew, S. Cheng, M. Sauerbrey, T. Manz, D. Sholl, C. Jaye, D. Fischer, and F.M. Alamgir*, Near Surface Phase Transition of Solute Derived Pt Monolayers for Catalytic Applications, accepted in Topics in Catalysis 56, 12, (2013) 1065-1073.
  12. C.F. Petersburg,  Z. Li ,  N.A. Chernova ,  M.S. Whittingham and F.M. Alamgir*, Oxygen and transition metal involvement in the charge compensation mechanism of LiNi1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3O2 cathodes, J. Mat. Chem. A 1 (48), (2013) 15562-15562.
  13. HA Hamedani, SW Lee, A Al-Sammarraie, ZR Hesabi, A Bhatti, FM Alamgir, H Garmestani, MA Khaleel, Synthesis and growth mechanism of thin-film TiO2 nanotube arrays on focused-ion-beam micropatterned 3D isolated regions of titanium on silicon, ACS applied materials and interfaces 5 (18), (2013) 9026-9033.
  14. J.D. Greenlee , C.F. Petersburg, W.L. Calley, C. Jaye, D.A. Fischer, F.M. Alamgir*, and W. Alan Doolittle, In-situ oxygen X-ray absorption spectroscopy investigation of the resistance modulation mechanism in LiNbO2 memristors,  Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 182106 (2012), DOI: 10.1063/1.4709422
  15. M. Liu, M.E. Lynch, K. Blinn, F.M. Alamgir, YM. Choi, Rational SOFC Material Design: New Advances and Tools, Materials Today 14, 11, (2011) 534-546.
  16. M-K Song, S. Park, FM Alamgir, J. Cho, M. Liu, Nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries: the latest  developments, challenges, and perspectives, Materials Science and Engineering: R: Report 22 (2011) p.203-252.
  17. S. Cheng, R.E. Rettew, M. Sauerbrey, and F.M. Alamgir*, Architecture-Dependent Surface Chemistry for Pt Monolayers on Carbon-Supported Au, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 3, 10, (2011) pp 3948–3956.
  18. R.E. Rettew, A. Meyer, S.D. Senanayake, T.-L. Chen, C. Petersburg, J.I. Flege, J. Falta and F.M. Alamgir*, Interactions of oxygen and ethylene with submonolayer Ag films supported on Ni(111), Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, (2011) 11034-11044.
  19. Z. Li, N. Chernova, M. Roppolo, S. Upreti, C. Petersburg, F. Alamgir, S. Whittingham, Comparative Study of the Capacity and Rate Capability of LiNiyMnyCo1–2yO2 (y50.5, 0.45, 0.4, 0.33), J. Electrochem. Soc. 158, (2011) A516-A522.
  20. R.E. Rettew, N.K. Allam, and F.M. Alamgir*, Interface Architecture Determined Electrocatalytic Activity of Pt on Vertically Oriented TiO2 Nanotubes, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 3, 2, (2011) 147–151.
  21. A. Meyer, J. I. Flege, R. E. Rettew, S. D. Senanayake, Th. Schmidt, F.M. Alamgir, and J. Falta, Ultrathin silver films on Ni(111), Phys. Rev. B 82, (2010) 085424.
  22. NK Allam, F Alamgir, MA El-Sayed, Enhanced photoassisted water electrolysis using vertically oriented anodically fabricated ti-nb-zr-o mixed oxide nanotube arrays, ACS NANO 4, (2010) 5819-26.
  23. C.F. Petersburg, R.C. Daniel, C. Jaye, D.A. Fischer and F.M. Alamgir*, Soft X-ray characterization technique for Li batteries under operating conditions, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 16, (2009) 610-615.
  24. R.E. Rettew, J.W. Guthrie, and F.M. Alamgir*, Layer-by-Layer Pt Growth on Polycrystalline Au: Surface-Limited Redox Replacement of Overpotentially Deposited Ni Monolayers, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 156, 11, (2009) D513-D516.
  25. H. Idriss, M. Scott, J. Llorca, S.C. Chan, W. Chiu, P-Y Sheng, A. Yee, M.A. Blackford, S.J. Pas, A.J. Hill, F.M. Alamgir, R. Rettew, C. Petersburg, S.D. Senanayake, M.A. Barteau, A Phenomenological Study of the Metal–Oxide Interface: The Role of Catalysis in Hydrogen Production from Renewable Resources, ChemSusChem 1, (2008) 905 – 910.
  26. J. Ziegelbauer, T. S. Olson, S. Pylypenko, F. Alamgir, C. Jaye, P. Atanassov and S. Mukerjee, Direct Spectroscopic Observation of the Structural Origin of Peroxide Generation from Co -Based Pyrolyzed Porphyrins for ORR Applications, J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 24, (2008) 8839-8849.
  27. N. Leifer, A. Colon, K. Martocci, F.M. Alamgir, T. Reddy, E. Takeuchi, S. Greenbaum, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopic Studies of Lithium Insertion in Silver Vanadium Oxide Cathodes, J. Electrochem. Soc. 154, 6 (2007) A500-A506.
  28. J.V. Sluytman, W.West, J. Whitacre, F.M. Alamgir, S. Greenbaum, Cycle-induced Degradation of LiCoO2 Thin-Film Cathodes at Elevated Temperature, Electrochimica Acta 51, (2006) 3001–3007.
  29. F.M. Alamgir*, E. Strauss, M. denBoer, S. Greenbaum, J.F. Whitacre, C.-C. Kao, S. Neih, LiCoO2 thin-film batteries: Structural changes and charge compensation, J. Electrochem. Soc. 152, 5, (2005) 845-849.
  30. H.W Sheng, W.K. Luo, F.M. Alamgir, J.M. Bai, E. Ma, Atomic packing and short-to-medium-range order in metallic glasses, Nature 439, no. 7075, (2006) 419-425.
  31. W.K. Luo, H.W. Sheng, F. Alamgir, J.M. Bai, J.H. He and E. Ma, Icosahedral short-Range order in an Amorphous Alloy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 14, (2004)145502-1 – 1445502-4.
  32. F. Ronci, P.E. Stallworth, F. Alamgir, T. Schiros, J. Van Sluytman, G. Xiaodong, P. Reale, S. Greenbaum, M. denBoer, B. Scrosati, Lithium-7 nuclear magnetic resonance and Ti K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic investigation of electrochemical Li insertion in Li4/3 + xTi5/3O4, J. of Power Sources 5370, (2003) 1-6.
  33. F.M. Alamgir*, H. Jain, D.B. Williams, R.B. Schwarz, The structure of a metallic glass system using EXELFS and EXAFS as complementary probes, Micron 34, Issue 8 , (2003)  433-439.
  34. F.M. Alamgir*, Y. Ito, H. Jain, D.B.Williams, Philosophical Magazine Letters 81, 3, (2001) 213-222.
  35. F.M. Alamgir*, H. Jain, R.B. Schwarz, O. Jin, D.B. Williams, Electronic properties of Pd-based bulk metallic glasses: J. of Non-Cryst. Sol. 274, 1-3, (2000) 289-293.
  36. F. M. Alamgir*, H. Jain, A.C. Miller, D. B.Williams, and R.B. Schwarz, XPS analysis of bulk metallic glasses: Phil. Mag. B 79, (1999) 239-247.

C. Conference Proceedings

  1. The effect of platinum oxide growth on platinum stability in PEMFCs, ECS Transactions 50 (2), 2012, 1369-1376.
  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Monolayer Bimetallic Surfaces: A Synchrotron NEXAFS and XPS Study. ECS Transactions Vol. 19, 27, 2009, 97-106.
  3. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of sub-nanoscale strain in thin-film Li-ion battery cathodes, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 822, ( 2004) S2.3.1.
  4. Defect Analysis of CuInS2 for photovoltaic applications using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS), Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 763, ( 2003) B1.2.1.
  5. Measured and calculated electronic structure of Ni0.4Pd0.4P0.2 and Cu0.4Pd0.4P0.2, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 754 (2003).
  6. EXAFS and EXELFS study of the structure of Pd-Ni-P Bulk Metallic glasses: MRS Proc. Vol. 644, (2001) L2.4.1-6.
  7. Analysis of the structure of bulk metallic glasses using EXELFS: Microscopy and Microanalysis, vol. 5, supplement 2, (1999) 138.
  8. Optimizing the metalloid content in bulk metallic glasses: MRS Proc. 580, (2000) 277.
  9. Local structural probes around high-Z elements in a solid: EXAFS vs. EXELFS: National Synschrotron Light Source Science Highlights, 2001.
  10. EXELFS as a tool for investigating the local structure of bulk glass-forming metallic alloys: Microscopy and Microanalysis, vol. 5, supplement 2, (2000) p. 194.
  11. A local probe into the atomic structure of metallic glasses using EELS: MRS Proc. 554, 15 (1999).
  12. EXELFS of metallic glasses: MRS Proc. 554, (1999) 31.

Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

Associate Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

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Dr. Bassiri-Gharb began at Georgia Tech in Summer 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Prior, she was a Senior Engineer in the Materials and Device R&D group of MEMS Research and Innovation Center of QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc. Her work included characterization and optimization of the optical and electric response of the IMOD displays, and research on novel materials for improved processing and reliability of the IMOD.

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Research Areas and Descriptors

Micro and Nano Engineering and Mechanics of Materials; Ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures: synthesis and characterization; Piezoelectric NEMS/MEMS sensors and actuators


Dr. Bassiri-Gharb's research interests are in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials and their application to nano- and micro-electromechanical systems as sensors and actuators. Her research projects integrate micro and nanofabrication techniques and processes, with fundamental science of ferroelectric materials.

In the area of novel characterization techniques for ferroelectrics, Dr. Bassiri-Gharb studies the effects of the external fields (electric, strain and temperature) on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of these materials. The experimental characterization and mathematical modeling of the nonlinearities in ferroelectric materials are then implemented for design and prediction of the on-field behavior of the piezoelectric devices (e.g., MEMS sensors and actuators and multilayer capacitors).

Dr. Bassiri-Gharb's research in the area of smart nano-systems is centered on ferroelectric nanostructures for application in environmental energy harvesting, tunable photonic crystals (TPC) and ultrasonic transducers. Cutting edge fabrication techniques, including Electron Beam Lithography and Nano-imprint, are employed for the production of the final devices. Collaborations with other groups on and off campus are in progress for piezoelectric characterization of the nanostructures and devices.

Another of Dr. Bassiri-Gharb's research topics is piezoelectric MEMS-based reflective flat panel displays and micro-stage for manipulation of nanoscale materials. Research work involves optimization of the actuating piezoelectric layers, and improved design and functionality of the other materials and components of the system. In particular, novel materials for the challenging new field of MEMS on glass are studied and implemented.

All projects involve interdisciplinary research across the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and Electrical Engineering.


Soft Template Manufacturing of Nanomaterials, U.S. Patent 61/420,958 with A. Bernal, 2011.

Representative Publications

"Free-standing ferroelectric nanotubes processed via soft-template infiltration," Bernal, A., Tselev, A., Kalinin, S. V. & Bassiri-Gharb, N.Advanced Materials 24, 1159-1164, (2012)

"Enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric response in PZT superlattice-like films by leveraging spontaneous Zr/Ti gradient formation," Bastani, Y. & Bassiri-Gharb, N. Acta Materialia 60, 1346–1352, (2012).

"Direct Fabrication of Arbitrary-Shaped Ferroelectric Nanostructures on Plastic, Glass, and Silicon Substrates," Kim, S., Bastani, Y., Lu, H., King, W. P., Marder, S., Sandhage, K. H., Gruverman, A., Riedo, E. & Bassiri-Gharb, N. Advanced Materials 23, 3786–3790, (2011).

"Effects of orientation and composition on the extrinsic contributions to the dielectric response of relaxor-ferroelectric single crystals," Bernal, A., Zhang, S. J. & Bassiri-Gharb, N. Applied Physics Letters 95, 142911, (2009).

"Domain wall contributions to the properties of piezoelectric thin films," Bassiri-Gharb, N., Fujii, I., Hong, E., Trolier-Mckinstry, S., Taylor, D. V. & Damjanovic, D. Journal of Electroceramics 19, 47-65, (2007).

Fred Cook


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Dr. Cook's research interests lie in the fields of textile and polymer chemistry. More specifically, areas under investigation include: crown ethers in anionic polymerizations and resin supports, carbon fiber conversion processes, energy-conserving textile chemical processes and polymer syntheses.

Hamid Garmestani


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Dr. Hamid Garmestani is a Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his education from Cornell University (Ph.D. 1989 in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and the University of Florida (B.S. 1982 in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. 1984 in Materials Science and Engineering). After serving a year as a post -doctoral fellow at Yale University, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Florida State University (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) in 1990. 

  • Mechanical properties
  • Statistical approaches
  • Microstructure Sensitive Design
  1. Li DS, Saheli G, Khaleel M, Garmestani, H., “Microstructure optimization in fuel cell electrodes using materials design”, CMC-COMPUTERS MATERIALS & CONTINUA 4 (1): 31-42 AUG 2006.
  2. D.S. Li, H. Garmestani, S. Ahzi, Processing path optimization to achieve desired texture in polycrystalline materials, Acta Materialia 55 (2007) 647–654.
  3. H. Garmestani, S. Lin, B. Adams, S. Ahzi, "Statistical Continuum Theory for Texture Evolution of Polycrystals", Journal of the Mechanics and physics of Solids 49, (2001) 589-607.

Arun Gokhale


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Dr. Arun M. Gokhale is a Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1989, Dr. Gokhale’s work history encompassed fifteen years of teaching, and industrial research and development experience. Dr. Gokhale holds a B.Tech (1970) and M.Tech (1972) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (1977) from the University of Florida. Professor Gokhale is a Fellow of ASM International.

  • quantitative fractography
  • damage evolution in composites
  • microstructural evolution during deformation and fracture, with primary focus on quantitative description of microstructure and its evolution during materials processes
  1. H. Singh, A.M. Gokhale, Y. Mao, and J. E. Spowart: “Computer Simulations of Realistic Microstructures of Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum Alloy (DRA) Composites”, Acta Materialia, Vol. 54, Issue 8, PP 2131-2143, 2006.
  2. A. Tewari and A.M. Gokhale: “Nearest Neighbor Distributions in Thin Films, Sheets, and Plates” Acta Materialia, Vol. 54, Issue 7, PP 1957-1963, 2006.

Karl I. Jacob


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Dr. Karl I. Jacob, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with a joint appointment in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on polymer physics and engineering, rheology, and mechanics of polymeric materials. His graduate work was in the area of numerical analysis of vibrating three-dimensional structures. He came to Georgia Tech from DuPont Corporation in 1995.

Meilin Liu

Regents' Professor & Associate Chair - Academics

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Dr. Liu's primary interests lie in fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, he is interested in developing new materials for energy storage and conversion, for chemical sensing, and for hydrogen production and separation In addition, he is interested in mathematical modeling of mass and charge transport in solid electrochemical systems and polarization at interfaces.

  • Samson Lai
  • Dongchang Chen

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Review Articles

  1. Yubo Chen, Wei Zhou, Dong Ding, Meilin Liu*, Francesco Ciucci, Moses Tade, and Zongping Shao*, Advances in cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells: complex oxides without alkaline earth metal elements, Advanced Energy Materials, 2015, 5, 1500537. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201500537
  2. B. Zhao, R. Ran, M. Liu*, and Z. Shao*, A comprehensive review of Li4Ti5O12-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries: the latest advancements and future perspectives, Materials Science and Engineering Report , 2015 | doi:10.1016/j.mser.2015.10.001
  3. Chao Su, Wei Wang, Meilin Liu*, Moses O. Tade, and Zongping Shao*, Progress and Prospects in Symmetrical Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Two Identical Electrodes, Advanced Energy Materials, 2015 |
  4. Dong Ding, Xiaxi Li, Samson Lai, Kirk Gerdes, and Meilin Liu*, Enhancing SOFC Cathode Performance by Surface Modification through Infiltration, Energy Environ. Sci. , 2014, 7, 552-575.
  5. Ruiguo Cao, Jang-Soo Lee, Meilin Liu*, and Jaephil Cho*, Recent Progress in Non-precious Catalysts for Metal-air Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2012, 2, 816-829.
  6. Meilin Liu, M. Lynch, K. Blinn, F. Alamgir, and Y. Choi, “Rational SOFC Material Design: New Advances and Tools”, Materials Today, November, 2011, Vol. 14, 534-546.
  7. M. K. Song, S. J. Park, F. Alamgir, J. P. Cho, and Meilin Liu, “Nanostructured Electrodes for Li-Ion and Li-Air Batteries: the Latest Development, Challenges, and Perspectives”, Materials Science Engineering: R: Reports, 2011, 72, 203-252.
  8. Z. Cheng, J. H. Wang, Y. M. Choi, L. Yang, M. C. Lin, and Meilin Liu, “From Ni-YSZ to Sulfur-Tolerant Anodes: Electrochemical Behavior, Modeling, In Situ Characterization, and Perspectives”, Energy and Environmental SciencePerspective Review, 2011, 4, 4380-4409. DOI:10.1039/C1EE01758F.
  9. J. S. Lee, S. T. Kim, R. G. Cao, N. S. Choi, Meilin Liu. K. T. Lee, J. Cho, “Metal–Air Batteries with High Energy Density: Li–Air versus Zn–Air”, Advanced Energy Materials1(1), 34-50, 2011. (DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000010).
  10. L. Besra and Meilin Liu, “A review on fundamentals and applications of electrophoretic deposition (EPD)”, Progress in Materials Science, 52, 1-61, 2007.
  11. Y. M. Choi, D. S. Mebane, J.-H. Wang, Meilin Liu, "Continuum and Quantum-Chemical Modeling of Oxygen Reduction on the Cathode in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell," Topics in Catalysis46 (3-4), 386-401 (2007).

Book Chapters

1. Chendong Zuo, Mingfei Liu, and Meilin Liu, Chapter 2 - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, in Sol-Gel Processing for Conventional and Alternative Energy, Advances in Sol-Gel Derived Materials and Technology (Editor: Lisa Klein), Springer Science, NY 2012. pp. 7-36. ISBN 978-1-4614-1956-3; e-SBN 978-1-4614-1957-0; DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-1957-0

2. Heon-Cheol Shin and Meilin Liu, “Preparation of Hierarchial (Nano/Meso/Macro) Porous Structures Using Electrochemical Deposition”, in Progress in Corrosion Science and Engineering IIModern Aspects of Electrochemistry, 2012, Chapter 4, Volume 47, 297-330, DOI:10.1007/978-1-4419-6678-4_4

3. J. H. Wang, Y. M. Choi, and M. Liu, "Quantum Chemical Calculations of Surface and Interfacial Reactions in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells," In Quantum Chemical Calculations of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials (Editors: V. A. Basiuk and P. Ugliengo), Chapter 14, p. 289-304, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles 2009.

4. Ying Liu and Meilin Liu, “Nanostructured Electrodes Prepared by Combustion CVD for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Lithium-Ion Batteries, and Gas Sensors”, in Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications (Editor: Hari Singh Nalwa), Chapter 4, p. 130-155, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles 2009.

5. Z. Cheng, J. H. Wang, and M. Liu, “Anodes”, in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Materials Properties and Performance (Editors: J. W. Fergus, R. Hui, X. G. Li, D. P. Wilkinson, and J. J. Zhang), Chapter 2, p.73-130, CRC Press 2008.

6. Zhong Shi and Meilin Liu, “Electrical and Electrochemical Analysis of Nanophase Materials”, In Characterization of Nanophase Materials (Editor: Z. L. Wang), Chapter 6, p. 165-197, Wiley-VCH, Germany, 2000.

Other Selected Publications

  1. Renzong Hu, Dongchang Chen, Gordon Waller, Yunpeng Ouyang, Yu Chen, Bote Zhao, Ben Rainwater, Chenghao Yang, Min Zhu,* Meilin Liu*, Dramatically enhanced reversibility of Li2O in SnO2-basedelectrodes: the effect of nanostructure on high initial reversible capacity, Energy Environ. Sci.,9, 595-603 (2016).
  2. Chen, Dongchang, Xunhui Xiong, Bote Zhao, Mahmoud A. Mahmoud, Mostafa A. El‐Sayed, and Meilin Liu. "Probing Structural Evolution and Charge Storage Mechanism of NiO2Hx Electrode Materials using In Operando Resonance Raman Spectroscopy." Advanced Science 2016, 1500433. DOI: 10.1002/advs.201500433
  3. Xiaomin Xu, Yubo Chen, Wei Zhou, Zhonghua Zhu, Chao Su, Meilin Liu*, Zongping Shao*, “A Perovskite Electrocatalyst for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution Reaction” Advanced Materials (2016).
  4. Bote Zhao, Xiang Deng, Ran Ran, Meilin Liu, and Zongping Shao. "Facile Synthesis of a 3D Nanoarchitectured Li4Ti5O12 Electrode for Ultrafast Energy Storage", Advanced Energy Materials, 6, no. 4 (2016).
  5. Wu, Jiabin, Xiang Gao, Huimin Yu, Tianpeng Ding, Yixin Yan, Bin Yao, Xu Yao, Dongchang Chen, Meilin Liu, and Liang Huang. "A Scalable Free‐Standing V2O5/CNT Film Electrode for Supercapacitors with a Wide Operation Voltage (1.6 V) in an Aqueous Electrolyte." Advanced Functional Materials (2016).
  6. Zhu, Liang, Yu Liu, Chao Su, Wei Zhou, Meilin Liu, and Zongping Shao. "Perovskite SrCo0. 9Nb0. 1O3− δ as an Anion‐Intercalated Electrode Material for Supercapacitors with Ultrahigh Volumetric Energy Density." Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.(2016).
  7. Chen, Yu, Yunfei Bu, Bote Zhao, Yanxiang Zhang, Dong Ding, Renzong Hu, Tao Wei et al. "A durable, high-performance hollow-nanofiber cathode for intermediate-temperature fuel cells." Nano Energy 26 (2016): 90-99.
  8. Chong Qu, Yang Jiao, Bote Zhao, Dongchang Chen, Ruqiang Zou, Krista S. Walton,  Meilin Liu “Nickel-based pillared MOFs for high-performance supercapacitors: design, synthesis and stability study”, Nano Energy, (2016): 66-73.
  9. Xunhui Xiong, Bote Zhao, Dong Ding, Dongchang Chen, Chenghao Yang, Yong Lei, Meilin Liu,* “One-step synthesis of architectural Ni3S2 nanosheet-on-nanorods array as high-performance electrodes for supercapacitors”, NPG Asia Materials, (2016)
  10. Hu, Renzong, Yunpeng Ouyang, Dongchang Chen, Hui Wang, Yu Chen, Min Zhu, and Meilin Liu. "Inhibiting Sn coarsening to enhance the reversibility of conversion reaction in lithiated SnO 2 anodes by application of super-elastic NiTi films." Acta Materialia 109 (2016): 248-258.
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