Ferry Research Group

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Group News

February 2017:
Vivian Ferry named a McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor.

January 2017:
Welcome to new undergraduate students Will Broomhead and Sydney Jones!

November 2016:
Welcome to new graduate student Christian Pinnell!

November 2016
VF was a guest on the Nanovations podcast, hosted by Prof. Michael Filler. 

November 2016:
VF delivers an invited talk at Fall MRS.

October 2016:
VF named to Technology Review’s list of 35 Innovators under 35.

September 2016:
VF presents invited talk at SciX in Minneapolis.

Welcome to the Ferry Group!

Our research group focuses on the interaction between light and nanostructured materials. By tailoring the nanoscale geometry and environment, we control the propagation of light in subwavelength dimensions and create new materials with unique optical, electrical, chemical, magnetic, and thermal properties. These new materials find application in highly efficient solar cells with improved charge extraction, in tailored emission for solid-state lighting, and in the detection of nanoscale biological and chemical interactions.

We synthesize nanostructures using colloidal chemistry and top-down nanofabrication techniques, study their properties using nanoscale optical spectroscopy, integrate nanostructures into functional devices, and build understanding using complementary simulation and theory methods.  Our research is highly interdisciplinary, including aspects of chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering.