Solid-liquid interfaces play an important role in materials processes and applications including solution based nanostructure synthesis, energy conversion and storage, catalysis, corrosion and water separation. The atomic and ionic transport at the interfaces including nucleation, growth and structural transformation govern the success and lifetime of functional components and structures. We aim for understanding, engineering and ultimately control the solid-liquid interfaces, which broadly impact sustainable energy, clean water and environment.

    The research topics in my group include: (i) Growth and transformation of nanostructured materials; (ii) Catalytic nanomaterials; (iii) Mass transport and interfaces during electrochemical processes; (iv) Understanding and engineering of solid-liquid interfaces with applications in water separation. We focus on in situ multimodal characterization (e.g., TEM and X-ray scattering) to study solid-liquid interfaces. A collection of techniques including transmission electron microscopy, X-ray methods, nanofabrication, nanomaterials synthesis and engineering, and theoretical computation through collaboration are used.