Fall 2015 Safety Awards Announced!

Cynthia Martin, Dylan Christiansen and Johanna Smeekens receive the VWR Safety award for their remarkable efforts to keep GT-CHEM safe!

Glass shop featured in "Hidden Georgia Tech"

Across the Georgia Tech campus, hidden spaces and forgotten places await rediscovery.

Graduate Student Raynold Shenje Gains Valuable Industry Experience

France Group graduate student starts a one-year internship at GlaxoSmithKline’s research laboratories.

Georgia Tech announces a new graduate program in quantitative biosciences

The Quantitative Biosciences Graduate Program (QBioS) is now accepting applications from students who want to enter a rapidly emerging field working at the leading edge of research that spans biological scales from molecules to organisms to ecosystems.

Georgia Tech among institutions part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Prof. Rigoberto Hernandez is part of the $20 million NSF research center focusing on the molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems

Prof. Jean-Luc Bredas Wins the ACS Award for Chemistry of Materials

A top ACS honor in materials chemistry goes to a Georgia Tech professor.

Perry Group Develops a New Capacitor Dielectric Material

Professor Perry describes this new research, "Sol-gels with organic groups are well known and fatty acids such as phosphonic acids are well known, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time these two types of materials have been combined into high-density energy storage devices."

GT Homecoming

Don't miss your chance to see one of the biggest games of the season, GT vs. FSU, at this year's Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Registration is now open! Join classmates and bring your family October 22-24 for a weekend of Yellow Jacket pride.

Doctoral Candidate Daisy Bourassa Receives AAUW American Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 American Fellowship to Daisy Bourassa.

Xia group publishes a new method in Science

Xia and co-workers demonstrated the fabrication of platinum nanocages with walls as thin as a few atomic layers (or below one nanometer), together with a well-defined, controllable surface structure. These nanocages exhibited greatly enhanced catalytic activity and durability toward oxygen reduction, a key reaction in the fuel cell technology.

Seminars & Events

Prof. Kenneth Merz - University of Michigan
Colloquium - Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Prof. Kenneth Merz - Student Seminar - University of Michigan
Special Seminar - Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:00am - MoSE 3201A
Meeting - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:00am - MoSE 3201A
Prof. Patrick Holland - Yale University
Colloquium - Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011

Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
Mahmoud A. Mahmoud.
Crystal Growth & Design (2015), Vol. 15, 4279–4286
Miscellaneous Details
U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering

Thermodynamically unfavorable metallic nanocrystals can be prepared only by the growth of the nanocrystals under kinetically controlled experimental conditions. The common technique to drive the growth of metallic nanocrystals under kinetic control is to adjust the rate of the generation of metal atoms to be slower than the rate of deposition of such atoms onto the surface of nanocrystal nuclei, which form in the first step of the nanoparticles synthesis. The kinetically controlled growth leads to the formation of seeds with crystal defects, which are needed for the growth of anisotropic nanocrystals such as silver nanodisks (AgNDs). The simultaneous multiple asymmetric reduction technique (SMART) is introduced here to successfully prepare AgNDs of controllable sizes and in large scale within a few seconds. SMART is simply based on the simultaneous reduction of silver ions with a strong reducing agent such as borohydride (redox potential of 1.24 V) and a weak reducing agent such as L-ascorbic acid (redox potential of 0.35 V) in the presence of a polyvinyl pyrrolidone capping agent. The random formation and deposition of silver atoms by the two different reducing agents generated stacking faults in the growing nanocrystal. The hexagonal close-packed {111} layers of silver atoms were then deposited on the surface of the growing nanocrystal containing stacked faults along the [111] plane. This initiated asymmetric growth necessary for the formation of plate-like seeds with planar twin defects, which is required for the formation of anisotropic AgNDs. 

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