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

Congratulations to Noah on his GFRP award!

Our first-year graduate student Noah Mason has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This prestigious award provides full financial support for three years. We are very excited to see what Noah will be doing in the field of MXenes!

Congratulations to Di Wang!

Di Wang has been named an American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator! He will present his exciting new results in the science of MXenes during the ACS Young Investigator Symposium at the ACS Fall 2024 National Meeting.

Read about our MXenes in the news

Dmitri Talapin is leading the National Science Foundation’s new Phase I Center for Chemical Innovation, MXenes Synthesis, Tunability, and Reactivity Center for Chemical Innovation (M-STAR). MXenes are an exciting new class of materials with great potential in electromagnetic shielding, catalysis and energy storage. They have also been predicted to have many properties more exciting to chemists and physicists. The field of MXenes, including our center, has just been profiled in Chemical & Engineering News. Read about it here!

Welcome new lab members!

Isak Jatoi, Noah Mason, Tanya Chen, and Yi-Chun Liu have joined our group as graduate students!

Congratulations to Dr. Aritrajit Gupta!

Congratulations to Dr. Aritrajit Gupta! He has successfully defended his thesis "Alloyed III-V Nanocrystals as Viable Emitters for Display Applications."

Welcome new lab member Luca Giordano!

Luca Giordano has joined our group as a visiting graduate student! He will be studying with our group from September to December as part of his doctoral work under Prof. Dr. Zeger Hens at Ghent University in Belgium.

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