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Welcome to the Skrabalak Group

The Skrabalak group's research provides general design criteria and strategies for the synthesis of new nanomaterials with controlled crystal size, crystal shape, composition, and overall architecture. Nanoscience focuses on materials that are on the scale of one billionth of a meter. When an inorganic material is confined to this size regime in the form of nanocrystals, new and size-dependent properties often emerge. These properties can be used in new technologies that address critical social needs such as better tools for disease diagnosis and treatment and platforms for sustainable energy. Central to these new technologies is the ability to synthesize high-quality nanomaterials, where the composition, size, shape, and architecture of the nanocrystals are precisely controlled. Our research program provides general guidelines for nanomaterial synthesis by demonstrating new strategies that are connected to fundamental chemical and physical principles. These efforts are directed toward materials that are compositionally complex (and thus traditionally more challenging to achieve as high-quality samples) and toward the development of scalable routes to nanomaterials.

Moreover, we believe diversity and inclusion drive creativity and innovation. Collaboration among people from across the world and with different experiences and backgrounds enhance our science. We celebrate different perspectives and approaches, while continually working to promote an inclusive environment, where students are empowered to bring their whole selves to their studies, work, and IU!

More details can be found by following the research link.

Latest Publication

Modular Anti-counterfeit Tags from Template-Assisted Self-Assembly of Plasmonic Nanocrystals Authenticated by Machine Learning READ NOW


Latest News

  • Congrats to Ekta and collaborators on their paper in Nanoscale!
  • Congrats to Megan and collaborators on their paper in Nano Letters!
  • Congrats to Sara on being named a Mann Chair
  • Congrats to Maha and collaborators on their paper in Advanced Functional Materials!


    Prospective Graduate Students

    We seek 1-3 graduate students per year. All prospective students must apply directly to the program (link). Upon arrival at IU, students rotate in research groups and advisors are finalized then. Given the number of emails received, individual inquiries will likely go unanswered but you are encouraged to learn more through our website.

    Undergraduate Research

    Research opportunities available for undergraduates! Inquire via email. Include your resume, list of science courses completed, and gpa. Also, check out our Science Ambassadors' Program.

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