SEMA group research focuses on understanding and exploring the fundamental interactions of materials at multi-length scales to create enhanced performance. Our materials of interest range from bio-inspired composites, bionanocomposites, carbon fibers, graphene oxide and MXenes, and multidimensional materials.
Our primary characterization techniques rely on atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy, Raman, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis, tensile testing, Langmuir Blodgett trough, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photon spectroscopy, and more! Most of these techniques we have in house, with access to Georgia Tech’s state of the art IEN facilities for the techniques we don’t have in lab. Our workhorses in the SEMA lab are our Bruker Icon AFMS, of which we have two, where we have multiple modes such as conductive probe microscopy, kelvin probe microscopy, nano-Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, quantitive nanomechanical mapping, and the standard tapping and contact modes to analyze different behaviors of our materials.