Research News

  • New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks

    New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks

    In research that may help bridge the divide between the nano and the macro, Brown University chemists have used pyramid-shaped nanoparticles to create what might be the most complex macroscale superstructure ever assembled. Full Article

  • Research Shows Graphene Forms Electrically Charged Crinkles

    Research Shows Graphene Forms Electrically Charged Crinkles


    Stacks of graphene tend to form saw-tooth crinkles when compressed. Those crinkles have an electrical charge that could be useful in studying DNA or guiding nanoscale self-assembly. Full Article


     

  • Researchers discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

    Researchers discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

    Researchers have shown that titanium is an attractive choice to replace the toxic lead in the prevailing perovskite thin film solar cells. Full Publication

  • Research Demonstrates Method to Alter Coherence of Light

    Research Demonstrates Method to Alter Coherence of Light

    New research shows how incoherent light can be made coherent and vice versa. Full Article Publication

  • From the Wang Lab: "Reinventing the Wheel" with a New Bimetallic Cluster

    From the Wang Lab: "Reinventing the Wheel" with a New Bimetallic Cluster

    Symmetrical gold and niobium cluster with unusually short Nb–Nb bond Full Article

  • Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat

    Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat

    A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells.

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  • Earth-Abundant Nontoxic Titanium(IV)-based Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskite Halides

    Earth-Abundant Nontoxic Titanium(IV)-based Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskite Halides

    The possibility of lead (Pb) contamination and the volatility of the organic cations in the prevailing Pb-based organic-inorganic perovskite (HP) light absorbers are the two key issues of concern in the emerging perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Full Publication

  • Terahertz Spectroscopy Goes Nano

    Terahertz Spectroscopy Goes Nano

    Researchers have improved the resolution of terahertz spectroscopy by 1,000 times, making the technique useful at the nanoscale.  Full Article Publication

  • Wrinkles and Crumples Make Graphene Better

    Wrinkles and Crumples Make Graphene Better

    Brown University researchers have developed a method for making super-wrinkled and super-crumpled sheets of the nanomaterial graphene.

The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) at Brown University was founded in 2007, and IMNI serves as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research in materials, molecular and nanoscale sciences and technologies.  IMNI is a "polydisciplinary" venture with over 80 participating faculty members representing nine departments across campus, and 12 staff members.  

Much of IMNI research activity is centered around three broad themes:

IMNI serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and our affiliated hospitals.  IMNI supports and administers: seed funding, scientific team building, proposals preparation, post-award block grants, seminars, special events, and nanoscience course offerings across campus.

IMNI manages three major core research facilities:  Microelectronics Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, NanoTools Facility - and the Joint Engineering/Physics Instrument Shop.

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