Research Goal

The Quardokus Research Group is interested in characterizing and developing new materials and methods for next-generation electronics.


1. Reliability of self-assembled monolayers:
Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are made from self-organizing molecules on a surface. In the image to the right shows an octanethiolate monolayer on a gold surface. Sulfur covalently bonds to the gold surface and van der Waals forces stabilize the hydrocarbon tails in a hexagonally packed standing formation. SAMs can be used to organize molecular components or stabilize the underlying substrate. Our group is interested in understanding how SAMs interact when perturbed.

2. Engineering, characterization, and reliability of two-dimensional materials: Polymerized organic networks are exciting new materials that are one-atom thick with unique properties. Our group works to understand how engineered defects change charge and thermal transport properties of two-dimensional materials.
3. Coupling and manipulating molecular rotors: Molecular rotors are molecules that are covalently bonded to a surface allowing branched molecular chains to rotate like an airplane propeller. Understanding and controlling this motion may lead to new technologies for next-generation electronics.
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy