Our research is focused on understanding crystal growth on an atomic scale, and how control of this process can be used to design new materials not existing in nature. In particular we are interested in understanding the formation of novel nanostructures, and how the dynamics of the crystallization process lead to new and size-dependent properties. At the moment our focus is on semiconductor nanostructures, in particular nanowires, and on metal-semiconductor hybrids.
Our research involves both synthesis (primarily by chemical vapor deposition) and characterization (primarily by transmission electron microscopy). The major part of our research combines these two steps, using in-situ transmission electron microscopy to understand semiconductor nanostructure growth processes in real time.
More information on group members and their research projects can be found here.