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 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.

Congratulations to Di Wang!

Di Wang has been awarded the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship by the Division of Physical Sciences for his research in the 2023-2024 academic year. This prestigious award recognizes the great promise of Di’s work in the exploding field of MXene materials chemistry. See some of his recent work here and here.

Congratulations to Dr. Wooje Cho!

Congratulations to Dr. Wooje Cho! He has successfully defended his thesis "Synthesis of Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals in Unconventional Circumstances: Heterogeneous Mixtures and High-Pressure Reactors."

Di’s art has won UChicago’s Science as Art Grand Prize!

Di Wang's artistic composition "Origami in a tube," depicting flowerlike spheres of Ti2CCl2, has won him the Grand Prize in UChicago's 2023 Science as Art contest! Congratulations! See more of Di's work in our recent cover article in Science.

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