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Center for Molecular Interfacing

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CCI Phase I: Center for Molecular Interfacing  (Cornell University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Molecular Interfacing (CMI) is an NSF-sponsored Center for Chemical Innovation Phase I Center hosted at Cornell University.

Forming reliable interfaces to individual molecules remains extremely challenging because most important electronic materials are poorly defined at the molecular scale. Atoms on the surface of metals are generally disordered and highly mobile at room temperature, and semiconductors are fraught with surface states, oxides, and other structural complexities.

Research within the CMI focuses on forming reliable and reproducible interfaces between molecules and carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets. These carbon-based materials are uniquely suited for this purpose because of their atomic precision and nanometer-scale dimensions. The CMI unites a broad range of scientific expertise, bringing together expertise in synthetic, analytical, and quantum chemistry, as well as materials growth and characterization and device fabrication. 

Education & Outreach

The Center for Molecular Interfacing has achieved great success in bringing discovery based science modules to middle school children in Puerto Rico.  In the coming year, the Center will continue to expand these efforts through new partnerships with institutions in Puerto Rico, recruiting underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students to the center, and engaging the local Ithaca community.

Additionally, CMI-affiliated faculty and students participate in many of the educational programs run through the Cornell Center for Materials Research.

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