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At MU Institute for Material Research, collaboration, creativity and research surge together. Where others may see problems, disease and inefficiencies, we see opportunities, potential and infinite possibilities. We teach, we learn, and we analyze — and we demand innovation, inclusion and integrity as we create smarter, safer, more efficient ways of living.


Programmable and Modulated Metamaterials for Wave Control

metamaterials illustrationA growing area of interest in particular is bidirectional wave control whereby waves incident in a given direction are steered in one way, say slowed down, and waves incoming in the opposite direction are steered in another way, accelerated for instance. Bidirectional wave control is made possible by the breaking of time reversal symmetry and brings us one step closer to the realization of revolutionary wave control devices such as elastic invisibility cloaks


Soft Materials

Soft Materials and Electronic Devices

soft materials illustrationOur research interests center on designing new functional materials and novel micro/nanoscale structures, through the combined efforts in chemical synthesis, material manipulation, mechanical design, and advanced micro/nanomanufacturing, for the next-generation soft electronic and energy devices with unusual attributes.


Nano Materials

Advanced Nanostructures

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The Advanced Nanostructures Group at the University of Missouri, led by Professor Matt Maschmann, examines the manufacturing, characterization, and application of diverse structures originating from nanoscale material building blocks. The group explores the fundamental behavior of nanoscale material systems to enable performance metrics exceeding those available from conventional materials. Our research interests include the fundamental growth and assembly of nanomaterials, nanoscale mechanics, processing techniques, and application of nanoscale materials for diverse applications. The group is also keenly interested in energy-based applications, particularly those related to thermal transport.


Multifunctional Materials

Electronics behavior differently when they are confined in low dimensions (1D and 2D) compared with the 3D bulk counterparts. Studying the electronics in the nanoscale paves the new route of developing next-generation electronics for applications in bioelectronics, photodetectors, transparent touch screens, memories and so on. Motivated by these applications we have studied the interactions of DNA and graphene (J. Lin et al, Small, 2010, 6 (10), 1150-1155), demonstrated the potential applications of graphene for DNA biosensors (S. Guo, J. Lin et al., J.N.N. 2011 (6), 5258-5263). We have developed the transparent resistive switching memory based on SiOx and graphene (J. Yao*, J. Lin* et al., Nat. Commun., 2012, 3, 1101). This work has offered the possibility of providing the new functionality to the glass as it becomes the fundamental construction elements in modern buildings.


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