Nanomaterials are materials with at least one of their three dimensions limited to nanometer, that is, a scale that quantum effects emerge. Two-dimensional (2D) materials is a class of nanomaterials with outstanding electrical, mechanical, chemical, and bio-transducing properties. Using methods based on chemical vapor deposition, 2D materials can be prepared in large scale (~ m) and high quality with tunable strength, transparency, disorder density, and electron transport properties.
Multiscale Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory works at the interface of materials science and advanced manufacturing. We are particularly interested in understanding the fundamental microstructure-property-processing relationships in advanced materials and integrating control over materials on different length scales (atomic structure, microstructure, architecture) through materials processing and additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), to eventually arrive at optimized, multi-functional engineering components.
The Nanoscale Interfaces, Transport, and Energy (NITE) Laboratory evaluates materials for energy transduction applications via direct, in-situ observation of local responses along critical heterophase interfaces in the operating regime.
Lee Nano-engineering Lab at UMass Amherst focuses on the rational design of various functional materials including metamaterials with emphasis on energy, defense, and bio applications through 2D/3D nano-structuring of polymers, metals, ceramics, and more. Our quest is driven by the acknowledgement that future material innovation will rely on the development of novel materials based on tailored thermal, mechanical, and photonic responses of materials.