2D Wonder Material

2D Wonder Material

April 10, 2019

Since the isolation of 2-dimensional phosphorene — the phosphorus equivalent of graphene — in 2014, more than 100 theoretical studies have predicted that new and exciting properties could emerge by producing narrow “ribbons” of the material.

Now, those ribbons have been made and measured for the first time, and they could revolutionize electronics and fast-charging battery technology.

In a new study published in Nature, researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, Virginia Commonwealth University and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, describe how they formed quantities of high-quality ribbons of phosphorene from crystals of black phosphorous and lithium ions.

VCU invention improves solar cell light harvesting

VCU invention improves solar cell light harvesting

April 8, 2019

Researchers believe the patent-pending technology could dramatically reduce solar energy material costs.

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have developed a new material they believe could deliver solar energy at a lower cost. The innovation harvests sunlight using a more affordable material that could address a long-standing barrier to solar power’s viability as a cost-efficient energy source.

Prof. Bertino wins Distinguished Scholar Award

Prof. Bertino wins Distinguished Scholar Award

April 4, 2019

Prof. Bertino of the Physics Department has won the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award.

 

New research could dramatically decrease the cost of producing pharmaceuticals

New research could dramatically decrease the cost of producing pharmaceuticals

February 28, 2019

Researchers in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering and departments of Physics and Chemistry have discovered ways to accelerate chemical reactions that could dramatically decrease the costs of producing pharmaceuticals.

With nanopore sensing, VCU physics researchers detect subtle changes in single particles, in real time

With nanopore sensing, VCU physics researchers detect subtle changes in single particles, in real time

February 26, 2019

The researchers’ findings ‘open the door to observe all kinds of interesting phenomenon on nanosurfaces,’ an area of great interest to chemists. 

Researchers in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physics have discovered that a technique known as nanopore sensing can be used to detect subtle changes in clusters, or extremely small chunks of matter that are bigger than a molecule but smaller than a solid.

How Lasers Might Help Solve Sex Crimes

How Lasers Might Help Solve Sex Crimes

February 5, 2019

Forensic science and physics researchers at VCU are studying how “optical tweezers” could address one of crime labs’ biggest challenges.

 

Physics Department Open House

Physics Department Open House

January 7, 2019

The Physics Department Winter Open House was on December 15. Over forty prospective students and parents visited the physics department and learned about the exciting opportunities that our department has to offer. This included finding out about all the great biomedical and nanotechnology research going on in our department. They toured VCU's world class nanocharacterization and high performance computing centers, and had a pizza lunch with our current and former students!

Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Physics Graduates

Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Physics Graduates

December 9, 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Physics Graduates. Pictured are Professor Khanna, Corrinne Callison, Professor Bishop, and Nabeel Zahid. Two Master of Science students graduated, and 13 Bachelor of Science students graduated this Fall.

 

Physics Department named a Champion of Accessibility

Physics Department named a Champion of Accessibility

October 16, 2018

VCU’s Transforming Accessibility Initiative hosted their inaugural event, “Entrepreneurship, ‘Way-Finding’ and the Value of Difference” on October 8. As part of the event, the university’s first-ever Champions of Accessibility awards were given to recognize faculty, staff, students and VCU departments who have made a significant contribution in the areas of accessibility or general disability support. The Department of Physics received a Digital Access Award for a medium unit.

 

Dr. Reed named Eminent Scholar

Dr. Reed named Eminent Scholar

October 5, 2018

The VCU college of Humanities and Sciences has named Dr. Jason Reed of the Department of Physics to the first cohort of Eminent scholars. This award was created to recognize outstanding mid-career scholars at VCU. Dr. Reed's research uses physics principles to develop techniques to the provide information leading to novel ways of treating some of the deadliest cancers.

Template to create superatoms, created by VCU researchers improve the power and efficiency of batteries and semiconductors

Template to create superatoms, created by VCU researchers improve the power and efficiency of batteries and semiconductors

June 21, 2018

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms — combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table. These superatoms could be used to create new materials, including more efficient batteries and better semiconductors; a core component of microchips, transistors and most computerized devices.

Physics Grad Wins Young Investigator Award

Physics Grad Wins Young Investigator Award

May 22, 2018

Anita Olsen, who recently earned her Ph.D. in physics, received the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Laboratory Hematology (ISLH).

Dr. Bertino has been appointed the Director of the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility

Dr. Bertino has been appointed the Director of the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility

February 7, 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Massimo Bertino on his appointment as Director of the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility

 

Dr. Hong Fang has received a Travel Grant to attend the APS March Meeting

Dr. Hong Fang has received a Travel Grant to attend the APS March Meeting

February 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Hong Fang (postdoctoral associate with Prof. Jena) for receiving a Travel Grant to attend the APS March Meeting.

Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber write article for Nature Chemistry

Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber write article for Nature Chemistry

November 23, 2017

Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber have written a News and Views article for Nature Chemistry about the role of Superatoms in developing new materials. The work highlights recent developments in superatomic materials, in which nanoscale clusters serve as the building blocks of the material, rather than atoms.  

A team led by Dr. Reed has developed a revolutionary imaging technique to map DNA mutations

A team led by Dr. Reed has developed a revolutionary imaging technique to map DNA mutations

November 21, 2017

The team led by VCU physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., has developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered.

Physics Faculty visit the MathScience Innovation Center to teach Nanoscience

Physics Faculty visit the MathScience Innovation Center to teach Nanoscience

June 27, 2017

Several Physics faculty members have visited the MathScience Innovation Center to teach Nanoscience. Faculty members presented demonstrations and talked about the unique behaviors observed in nanoscale materials.

Shiv Khanna to Become Chair of Physics

Shiv Khanna to Become Chair of Physics

November 3, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, Commonwealth Professor Shiv Khanna will assume the role of Chair of the Department of Physics.