Welcome to the Korgel Research Group!

Nanotechnology is the field of applied science at the atomic and molecular scale. Our experimental group focuses on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the self-assembly and fabrication of nanostructures. This multidisciplinary research finds applications in microelectronics, photonics, photovoltaics, spintronics, coatings, sensors and biotechnology. research overview

Dr. Korgel also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Next Generation Photovoltaics.

Fall 2014 Group Photo
Fall 2014


06.28.2015 - The paper entitled "The Role of Ligand Packing Frustration in Body-Centered Cubic (bcc) Superlattices of Colloidal Nanocrystals" has been selected as ACS editor's choice paper. That makes it three within a month.

06.23.2015 - Dorothy Silbaugh wins the best poster award at the 46th Silicon symposium at UC-Davis!

06.15.2015 - We have second ACS editors choice paper in a week. Role of Halides in the Ordered Structure Transitions of Heated Gold Nanocrystal Superlattices

06.10.2015 - More publications! Former group member Brian's paper entitled The Role of Ligand Packing Frustration in Body Centered Cubic (BCC) Superlattices of Colloidal Nanocrystals is published in JPC letters and is selected as ACS editor's choice paper.

06.05.2015 - In collaboration with University of Bologna we have a paper entitled Photoinduced Processes between Pyrene-Functionalized Silicon Nanocrystals and Carbon Allotropes published in Chemistry of Materials.

06.01.2015 - Three publications this week!
1. Controlled Styrene Monolayer Capping of Silicon Nanocrystals by Room Temperature Hydrosilylation.

2. Role of Halides in the Ordered Structure Transitions of Heated Gold.
3. Synthesis and Ligand Exchange of Thiol-Capped Silicon Nanocrystals.. Well done Yixuan

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Multiple Exciton Nanocrystal Photovoltaics

Multiple Exciton Nanocrystal Photovoltaics

As part of our effort to dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy, Jackson Stolle, Taylor Harvey, Doug Pernik, and others have demonstrated multiexciton generation and extraction (MEG) in CuInSe2 nanocrystals solar cells after a photonic curing treatment. MEG has the potential to increase the amount of solar power converted from light to electricity in a photovoltaic by reducing wasted energy during light absorption. The devices treated with a intense light treatment, called photonic curing, exhibited MEG. This work was done in collaboration with NovaCentrix and Dr. Schaller at Argonne National Laboratories and was recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters and selected as an ACS Editors' Choice article.

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