Most solid materials are amorphous. Although the behavoir of these materials is anomalous when compared to crystalline solids, the origin of the difference has long been a source of confusion. The Charbonneau group and collaborators have recently found evidence for an exotic phase transition that might underlie the effect. The results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.Read More
Professor Beratan’s group has just reported a new mechanism for spin-forbidden excitation energy transfer, a process of great significance in solar photochemistry.Read More
A theoretical-experiemental collaboration between David Beratan’s group at Duke University and Nongjian Tao’s group at Arizona State University has established and validated an approach to control the wave-like characteristics of electrons as they move through DNA. A paper just posted online at Nature ChRead More
An article in Science by Prof. Agostino Migliore and collaborators reports the design of robust (opto)electronicmolecular switches. The experiments demonstrate reversible, stable and reproducible electrical switching of single molecules linked to graphene electrodes. The theoretical analysis reveals the chemical-physical underpinnings of photoinduced and temperature-dependent mechanisms for the observed switching. This work provides unambiguous evidence that molecules with suitable electronic properties and engineered contacts can be key components for future nanoelectronics.Read More
A recent article by Prof. Alvin Crumbliss in Nautilus focuses on the metallome, a collection of metal atoms that helped shape modern biology and impacted evolution.
For more on how the metallome changed cellular chemistry, please see the article available here.