Bhadram Receives Postdoctoral Award

May 01, 2018

Venkata Srinu Bhadram will receive the ninth Postdoctoral Innovation and Excellence Award (PIE). These awards are made through nominations from the departments and are chosen by the Office of the President. The recipients are awarded a cash prize for their exceptionally creative approaches to science, strong mentoring, and contributing to the sense of campus community.



Diatomic Inmates of a Molecular Prison

March 27, 2018

Clathrate cages provide a unique opportunity to study the quantum dynamics of confined guest molecules. In this work, we use inelastic neutron scattering to demonstrate the first 2D hindered rotor behavior of H2 trapped within a molecular clathrate.

Check out the paper in Phys. Rev. Lett..



Predictions of Titanic Nitride Proved Unsinkable

January 24, 2018

We report the first synthesis of long-sought-after cubic Ti3N4.

Check out the paper in Phys. Rev. Materials.



New form of carbon that's hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber


June 9, 2017

Ultrastrong, hard, elastic, lightweight and electrically conducting. This remarkable combination of properties is achieved by combining the properties of graphene and diamond in one material.

The work is published in Science Advances.

Strobel Lab




To e-, or not to e-, the question for exotic Si-III (BC8)

April 4, 2017

Is Si-III a metal with freely travelling electrons, or a semiconductor with a discrete energy gap that can "stop" the flow? Our new work shows that the latter is true, but the band gap of Si-III is so small that electrons can "proceed with caution" through the structure.

The work is published in PRL.

Strobel Lab


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