Our group succesfully relocated to Central Michigan University as a member of the Chemistry Department and the Science of Advanced Materials Program.
Research in our group is directed towards the fundamental aspects of the design and fabrication of nanoscale functional materials with application in energy storage and conversion, sensing, catalysis and spintronics. To this end, we exploit basic concepts of colloidal chemistry, molecular self-assembly and surface functionalization to design novel nanostructures with controlled internal structure, chemical composition and selectable topologies, such as colloidal nanocrystals, nanotubes and nanorods and thin films.We are particularly interested in the study of the ferroic ordering in low dimensional metal oxides by combining different diffraction, spectroscopy and microscopy tecniques. We are also interested in assemblying nano-objects into hybrid hierarchical structures such as multiferroic or polymer-ceramic nanocomposites with selectable topologies, such as core-shell nanoparticles, nanowire-nanotube hybrid arrays and multilayered composites, their characterization and use as building blocks for the fabrication of functional devices.
Tommaso Costanzo joined our research group as a Ph. D. student. Tomasso obtained a M. S. in Chemistry from University of Pavia (Italy).
Our paper on barium ferrrite films by the liquid phase deposition (LPD) method was published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
Materials Science & Technology Conference, Montreal, October 27-31, 2013.
CARUNTU Research Group
Nanostructured Materials For Energy Applications
Our paper on polymer-ceramic dielectric nanocomposites for energy storage applications in collaboration with Prof. Xu group at UC Berkeley was published in Nanoscale.
Electroceramics XIV Conference, Bucharest (Romania), June 16-20, 2014.