The focus of my research will be interface-assisted solution-synthesis of two-dimensional metal-porphyrin monoatomic layers (2D-PML), which are of great interest due to the tunability of their properties. I will use two methods to synthesize metal-porphyrin monoatomic layer structures, one is the hydrothermal method, the other is the water-oil interface assisted method. AFM will be the main characterization method to analyze nucleation and growth mechanisms during the synthesis procedure. Then clean energy applications such as catalysts for hydrogen evolution and electrical capacitance will be studied.
Advisor: Jim De Yoreo and Jun Liu – Materials Science & Engineering