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Mauricio Terrones

Professor of Physics, Penn State

Our group constitutes a multidisciplinary effort focused on understanding the Physics and Chemistry of materials at the nanoscale. In particular, we study low dimensional materials that mainly involve 1- and 2-Dimensions, ranging from carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons to graphene, boron nitride and chalcogenide monolayers (e.g. WS2, MoS2, NbS2 , etc). The group concentrates on challenging synthesis of novel nanoscale materials (1D and 2D) with unprecedented physico-chemical properties. Within the group and with close collaborators, we also perform theoretical first-principles calculations that predict electronic, chemical, optical and magnetic properties. We also focus our research on performing state of-the-art characterization of the produced materials using electronic transport, photo-transport, Raman spectroscopy, aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and others. Based on these properties, we also explore possible applications, in collaboration with industrial partners, including molecular sensors, photo-detectors, multifunctional coatings, virus detection/isolation, batteries, etc. Seven main research areas include:


  • –present
    Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University
  • State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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