UConn Researchers Develop Some of the World’s Smallest Metallic Nanorods

Two graduate-level researchers in the School of Engineering have grown some of the world’s smallest metallic nanorods; a significant scientific breakthrough that their faculty advisor says is a testament to UConn’s robust graduate education programs.

Working under the guidance of Professor Hanchen Huang, postdoctoral researcher Xiaobin Niu and Ph.D. candidate Stephen Stagon broke new ground when they developed the theoretical fnanorods1aramework for metallic nanorod growth using a process known as physical vapor deposition.

The researchers then used that knowledge to successfully grow noble-metal nanorods 10 nanometers in diameter, which are the smallest ever recorded using physical vapor deposition. The findings were recently published in Physical Review Letters, the world’s foremost physics journal. Please read the story here.