We are actively engaged in a series of research projects with both fundamental and applied scope.  Most of our research is centered on optical, magnetic, and electrical investigations of physically interesting materials. Below, you will find links to each of our ongoing projects.  Additionally, you can find out more about our equipment and capabilities here.

Rice Spectroscopy Lab photo

Colloidal nanocrstyals

(quantum dots and nanoplatelets)

The small number of atoms and high spatial confinement seen in colloidal nanocrystals provides a wealth of interesting optical and magnetic behaviors.  We measure new semiconducting nanocrystals with a host of optical and magneto-optical techniques.

Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Owing to their ability to be either a metal or a semiconductor depending on their wrapping configuration, single-walled carbon nanotubes are one of the most versatile materials known.  We use aqueous methods to produce armchair nanotubes for optical and electrical measurements.

Optical Investigations of Ice Adhesion

We are developing new methods for measuring ice adhesion in order to engineer better, more durable icephobic surfaces.

Mid-Infrared and Terahertz Work

We are both using and developing mid-infrared (4 micron to 20 micron) and terahertz (0.1 to 10 THz) sources for a variety of projects.