Marcus Lay

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Nanoscience involves the study and manipulation of systems that are smaller than 100 nm.  These materials are of great interest because they often exhibit novel properties that are caused by their small size.  Over the next few years, nanoscience is expected to yield many revolutionary discoveries in areas as diverse as energy conversion/storage, electronics/semiconductors, sensing and medicine. 

Of particular interest in nanoscience are single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), as they show great technological promise due to their enhanced electrical and mechanical properties.  When a better understanding of how to control and manipulate their properties is attained, SWNTs are expected to play a central role in the development of numerous new materials.  At the forefront of research in this group are the following two areas of central importance in carbon nanotube electronics: I) development of non-damaging methods for creating suspensions of high-aspect-ratio SWNTs and II) developing new routes to understanding, controlling and predicting the chemical and electrical properties of 2-dimensional networks of SWNTs for use in a wide variety of electronic materials.  Click on the links above for more information