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Recent Program Highlights

One-Step Synthesis of Fluorescent Graphene Quantum Dots Through Pyrolysis of Amino Acids

Researchers develop a novel method for the synthesis of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) by using two amino acids, which are non-toxic natural materials containing nitrogen groups for easy surface modification.

A Pressure-Induced Emergence of a Weyl Semimetal Phase in Pb1-xSnxTe

The picture of how a gap closes in a semiconductor has been recently radically transformed by topological concepts. Instead of the gap closing and immediately reopening, we predict that in the absence of inversion symmetry, a topological metallic phase pr

Polymer/Carbon Spheres Composites for Device Applications

This study is the first to demonstrate real applications using conducting carbon spheres fabricated via an easy, rapid, cheap, and green technique.

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

The objective of PREM is to enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative materials research and education partnerships between minority-serving institutions and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research (DMR) supported groups, centers, and facilities. [read more]

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