With technology manufacturers pushing for smaller and smaller devices, there is an increasing demand for smaller and smaller electrical materials. In response to this demand, materials scientists are making great efforts to control the shapes of materials on the scale of their molecule building blocks. With this level of shape control, we can imagine electrical wires with diameters 1/100,000th of a piece of hair, circuitry that could fit on the tip of a needle, and a dramatic reduction in the size of modern electronics.

Our research uses theoretical methods to predict how to control the shapes of materials on the molecular scale. We employ techniques from theoretical chemistry (mainly statistical mechanics and quantum chemistry) and applied mathematics (mainly statistics, machine learning, and probability), and develop our own techniques whenever needed. We work in close collaboration with several experimental groups, and aim for tangible realizations of our theoretical predictions.

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Paper on surface-assisted molecular self-assembly published in Nature Communications