The Talapin Group

Our Research

Group Philosophy

Current research interests of the Talapin Group lie in the development of novel materials through the assembly of functional nanoscale building blocks. In recent years, we have explored different routes to materials design, including:

  • synthesis of novel nanomaterials
  • inorganic ligand chemistry development for electronic application
  • self-assembly of nanocrystals into ordered superstructures
  • electronic studies of nanocrystal arrays

The ability to assemble precisely engineered nano-building blocks into complex, hybrid structures opens the door to a new generation of complex materials in which components and functionalities can be added, tuned, or combined in a predictable manner.

Group News

Welcome new lab member James Cassidy!

Dr. James Cassidy has joined our group as postdoctoral research associate! He brings many exciting developments in nanomaterials synthesis from his work with Mikhail Zamkov at Bowling Green State University.

Doing Our Part for Shut the Sash

We have won the award for energy savings in the quarterly campaign to Shut the Sash across the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences and Searle Chemistry Laboratory! Remember to keep your fume hoods closed whenever you are not setting up or modifying an experiment.

You too can stay safe and do great science with less energy—learn more at the Office of Sustainability.

Congratulations to Justin Ondry!

Dr. Justin Ondry’s presentation, “Development of Molten Salt Solvents for Synthesis of Ternary and Quaternary III-V Colloidal Nanocrystals via Cation Exchange,” has been recognized as one of the most outstanding posters at the Gordon Research Conference on Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals. This meeting represents the bleeding edge of the nanocrystal chemistry community’s work.

Expect many exciting developments in the literature from Justin’s work in the coming months!

Congratulations to Zirui Zhou!

Zirui Zhou has been awarded the Julia S. and Edward C. Lee Memorial Fellowship by the Department of Chemistry for his research in the 2022-2023 academic year. He will be studying the structure of III-V semiconductor colloidal nanocrystals and their photoconductivity...

Congratulations again to Alex Hinkle!

Alex Hinkle has been awarded the Department of Chemistry's Frances E. Knock Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Chemistry. See Alex's work here!

UChicago Chemistry

The Talapin Group is located on the second floor of the east wing of the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences (GCIS) at the University of Chicago. Map