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Doing Business As Name:Northwestern University
  • Monica Olvera
  • (847) 491-7801
Award Date:09/26/2005
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 10,700,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 13,235,420
  • FY 2005=$2,300,000
  • FY 2008=$2,100,000
  • FY 2006=$2,153,440
  • FY 2010=$15,000
  • FY 2007=$2,100,000
  • FY 2009=$4,516,980
  • FY 2011=$50,000
Start Date:10/01/2005
End Date:12/31/2012
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:MRSEC: Multifunctional Nanoscale Material Structures
Federal Award ID Number:0520513
DUNS ID:160079455
Parent DUNS ID:005436803

Awardee Location

Street:1801 Maple Ave.
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Northwestern University
Street:1801 Maple Ave.
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

The Northwestern University MRSEC supports innovative research and education emphasizing fundamental materials science and engineering issues that have potential benefits to society. This research effort shares the theme of "Multifunctional Nanoscale Material Structures," that involve materials synthesis, processing, characterization, theory and modeling. In addition to educating a diverse group of graduate students, the Northwestern MRSEC offers programs that prepare coming generations to better understand the world around them. High school students are introduced to inquiry-based materials science through the Center-developed Materials World Modules program. This MRSEC educates several dozen undergraduates and high school teachers annually in summer research programs. The Northwestern MRSEC has collaborative international research programs and has established the first program between a MRSEC and an internationally renowned art museum; via the Art Institute of Chicago-Northwestern University Program in Conservation Science, the MRSEC contributes to an understanding of the materials science aspects of our cultural heritage The MRSEC consists of the following Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs): IRG #1 Synergistic Linear and Nonlinear Phenomena in Multifunctional Oxide Ceramic Systems - that studies and exploits the unique attributes of oxide materials that result simultaneously in two or more functionalities (electronic, photonic, and magnetic). IRG #2 Novel Processing Routes to Nanostructured Polymer Blends and Nanocomposites - that studies and exploits the roles of non-equilibrium mechanical forces and equilibrium thermodynamics on the nanoscale structure and macroscale properties of polymer blends and composites resulting from gradient copolymerization, thermoreversible gelcasting, and solid-state shear pulverization. IRG #3 Plasmonics and Molecular Based Electronics: Fundamentals and New Tools - that studies nanoparticles that act as plasmonic switches and develops nanoscale optical characterization tools for investigating conductor-molecule-conductor junctions that lie at the heart of molecule based electronics Participants in the Center currently include 32 senior investigators, 4 postdoctoral associates, and 20 graduate students from six departments. Professor John Torkelson directs the MRSEC.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Zhang, J.;Langille, M. R.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Synthesis of Silver Nanorods by Low Energy Excitation of Spherical Plasmonic Seeds" Nano Letters, v.11, 2011, p.2495-2498.

Alaboson, J. M. P.;Wang, Q. H.;Emery, J. D.;Lipson, A. L.;Bedzyk, M. J.;Elam, J. W.;Pellin, M. J.;Hersam, M. C.; "Seeding Atomic Layer Deposition of High-k Dielectrics on Epitaxial Graphene with Organic Self-Assembled Monolayers" Acs Nano, v.5, 2011, p.5223-5232.

Irwin, M. D.;Servaites, J. D.;Buchholz, D. B.;Leever, B. J.;Liu, J.;Emery, J. D.;Zhang, M.;Song, J. H.;Durstock, M. F.;Freeman, A. J.;Bedzyk, M. J.;Hersam, M. C.;Chang, R. P. H.;Ratner, M. A.;Marks, T. J.; "Structural and Electrical Functionality of NiO Interfacial Films in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells" Chemistry of Materials, v.23, 2011, p.2218-2226.

Hoel, C. A.;Buchholz, D. B.;Chang, R. P. H.;Poeppelmeier, K. R.; "deposition of heteroepitaxial corundum-type ZITO: cor-In-2 (-) (2x) ZnxSnxO3" Thin Solid Films, v.520, 2012, p.2938-2942.

Henry, A. I.;Bingham, J. M.;Ringe, E.;Marks, L. D.;Schatz, G. C.;Van Duyne, R. P.; "Correlated Structure and Optical Property Studies of Plasmonic Nanoparticles" Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v.115, 2011, p.9291-9305.

Walker, D. A.;Kowalczyk, B.;de la Cruz, M. O.;Grzybowski, B. A.; "Electrostatics at the nanoscale (vol 3, pg 1316, 2011)" Nanoscale, v.3, 2011, p.5182-5183.

Guerrero-Garcia, G. I.;Gonzalez-Tovar, E.;de la Cruz, M. O.; "Entropic effects in the electric double layer of model colloids with size-asymmetric monovalent ions" Journal of Chemical Physics, v.135, 2011, p..

Vernizzi, G.;Guerrero-Garcia, G. I.;de la Cruz, M. O.; "Coulomb interactions in charged fluids" Physical Review E, v.84, 2011, p..

Sagle, L. B.;Ruvuna, L. K.;Ruemmele, J. A.;Van Duyne, R. P.; "Advances in localized surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy biosensing" Nanomedicine, v.6, 2011, p.1447-1462.

Frederick, M. T.;Achtyl, J. L.;Knowles, K. E.;Weiss, E. A.;Geiger, F. M.; "Surface-Amplified Ligand Disorder in CdSe Quantum Dots Determined by Electron and Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopies" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.7476-7481.

Feng, Z. X.;Kazimirov, A.;Bedzyk, M. J.; "Atomic Imaging of Oxide-Supported Metallic Nanocrystals" Acs Nano, v.5, 2011, p.9755-9760.

Emery, J. D.;Wang, Q. H.;Zarrouati, M.;Fenter, P.;Hersam, M. C.;Bedzyk, M. J.; "uctural analysis of PTCDA monolayers on epitaxial graphene with ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and high-resolution X-ray reflectivity" Surface Science, v.605, 2011, p.1685-1693.

Cutler, J. I.;Zhang, K.;Zheng, D.;Auyeung, E.;Prigodich, A. E.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Polyvalent Nucleic Acid Nanostructures" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.9254-9257.

Reuter, M. G.;Solomon, G. C.;Hansen, T.;Seideman, T.;Ratner, M. A.; "Understanding and Controlling Crosstalk between Parallel Molecular Wires" Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, v.2, 2011, p.1667-1671.

Reuter, M. G.;Seideman, T.;Ratner, M. A.; "s for choosing molecular "alligator clip" binding motifs in electron transport devices" Journal of Chemical Physics, v.134, 2011, p..

Reuter, M. G.;Seideman, T.;Ratner, M. A.; "Molecular Conduction through Adlayers: Cooperative Effects Can Help or Hamper Electron Transport" Nano Letters, v.11, 2011, p.4693-4696.

Personick, M. L.;Langille, M. R.;Zhang, J.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Shape Control of Gold Nanoparticles by Silver Underpotential Deposition" Nano Letters, v.11, 2011, p.3394-3398.

Personick, M. L.;Langille, M. R.;Zhang, J.;Harris, N.;Schatz, G. C.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Synthesis and Isolation of {110}-Faceted Gold Bipyramids and Rhombic Dodecahedra" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.6170-6173.

Buchbinder, A. M.;Ray, N. A.;Lu, J. L.;Van Duyne, R. P.;Stair, P. C.;Weitz, E.;Geiger, F. M.; "Displacement of Hexanol by the Hexanoic Acid Overoxidation Product in Alcohol Oxidation on a Model Supported Palladium Nanoparticle Catalyst" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.17816-178.

Paudel, T. R.;Lany, S.;d "Asymmetric cation nonstoichiometry in spinels: Site occupancy in Co2ZnO4 and Rh2ZnO4" Physical Review B, v.84, 2011, p..

Pandey, P.;Farha, O. K.;Spokoyny, A. M.;Mirkin, C. A.;Kanatzidis, M. G.;Hupp, J. T.;Nguyen, S. T.; "A "click-based" porous organic polymer from tetrahedral building blocks" Journal of Materials Chemistry, v.21, 2011, p.1700-1703.

Osberg, K. D.;Schmucker, A. L.;Senesi, A. J.;Mirkin, C. A.; "One-Dimensional Nanorod Arrays: Independent Control of Composition, Length, and Interparticle Spacing with Nanometer Precision" Nano Letters, v.11, 2011, p.820-824.

Morris-Cohen, A. J.;Vasilenko, V.;Amin, V. A.;Reuter, M. G.;Weiss, E. A.; "Model for Adsorption of Ligands to Colloidal Quantum Dots with Concentration-Dependent Surface Structure" Acs Nano, v.6, 2012, p.557-565.

Macfarlane, R. J.;Lee, B.;Jones, M. R.;Harris, N.;Schatz, G. C.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Nanoparticle Superlattice Engineering with DNA" Science, v.334, 2011, p.204-208.

Langille, M. R.;Zhang, J. A.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Plasmon-Mediated Synthesis of Heterometallic Nanorods and Icosahedra" Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, v.50, 2011, p.3543-3547.

Langille, M. R.;Personick, M. L.;Zhang, J.;Mirkin, C. A.; "Bottom-Up Synthesis of Gold Octahedra with Tailorable Hollow Features" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.10414-104.

Kleinman, S. L.;Ringe, E.;Valley, N.;Wustholz, K. L.;Phillips, E.;Scheidt, K. A.;Schatz, G. C.;Van Duyne, R. P.; "Single-Molecule Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Crystal Violet Isotopologues: Theory and Experiment" Journal of the American Chemical Society, v.133, 2011, p.4115-4122.

Kalbac, M.;Green, A. A.;Hersam, M. C.;Kavan, L.; "Probing Charge Transfer between Shells of Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Sorted by Outer-Wall Electronic Type" Chemistry-a European Journal, v.17, 2011, p.9806-9815.

Amankona-Diawuo, F. K.;Seideman, T.; "Communication: Toward ultrafast, reconfigurable logic in the nanoscale" Journal of Chemical Physics, v.135, 2011, p..

Project Outcomes Report


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Project Outcome Report
Northwestern University Materials Science and Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC)

The vision of the Northwestern University Materials Research Science an Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC) is to create and develop programs in research, education and outreach that transform society. Faculty and students from many disciplines collaborate to explore fundamental scientific properties and potential technological applications of multifunctional nanoscale material structures.
During the 2005-2011 MRSEC funding cycle (DMR-0520513), research efforts are organized as follows:

IRG 1: Synergistic Linear and Nonlinear Phenomena in Multifunctional Oxide Ceramic Systems
IRG 2: Macromolecular Assemblies
IRG 3: Molecular Plasmonics: Fundamentals, New Tools, and Devices
IRG 4: Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanoelectronic Materials: Molecules to Printable Thin Films

In addition, Seed Projects explore potentially transformative fields including molecular logic, energy, nanomaterial synthesis, hydrogels, polymer composites, and magnetotransport techniques. These projects enhance and complement existing IRG-efforts and are typically funded for two years.
IRG 1: The NU-MRSEC advanced fundamental knowledge leading to the development of novel multifunctional oxides for diverse applications. Fruitful collaborations with other IRGs and universities in the US and abroad, as well as with a number of companies and national laboratories, provided considerable leverage for this work. During 2005-2011, films of Sn-doped and In-doped CdO transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) were grown having conductivities near 20,000S/cm, ~80% of the “Bellingham” upper limit for TCOs. To our knowledge, these are the highest reported TCO conductivities, and detailed microstructure-electrical-electronic structure studies were carried out.
IRG 2: In the general area of soft materials, a variety of milestones were achieved. In particular, NU-MRSEC defined the roles that electrostatic interactions and copolymer sequence distribution play in the assembly of functional, nanostructured materials, and transformed the practice soft-materials design by bringing these concepts into an important subset of the materials community. Effects of sequence distribution were elucidated by developing an integrated approach to the design, synthesis and characterization of gradient copolymers. Gradient copolymers are an important new class of materials. Their properties cannot be obtained by blending different homopolymers or by the use of more traditional block copolymers, and are therefore ideally suited for studying effects of sequence distribution in a more general sense. Another major contribution of the MRSEC in the soft materials area has involved a fundamental understanding of nanocomposite materials formed by the dispersion of nanoparticles in polymeric matrices. Nanocomposites based on grapheme oxide have been an important aspect...

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