Functional Materials and Interfaces

Functional materials are building blocks of modern society and play a critical role in the evolution of technology.  The research in this field is interdisciplinary, providing the intellectual foundation to design, create and understand new forms of matters and their functionalities by revealing the detailed chemistry, structure, process-at-interface and properties/function of solid-state, organic, inorganic or hybrid materials.  The application of functional materials and interfaces, from ceramics, nanomaterials, 2D materials, single molecules to polymers, covers designing sustainable new forms of matter with customized properties for applications in energy storage and conversion, future electronics, molecular imaging and sensing, informatics, environmental remediation and smart materials that can sense and respond to their environment.