The Utah Center for Interface Science (UCIS) is engaged in a diverse portfolio of leading-edge research projects related to the understanding and manipulation of materials property and function at surfaces, interfaces, and in the nanoscale regime. The inherently interdisciplinary nature of interfacial phenomena extends through materials science, physics, chemistry and mechanics, spanning a broad range of materials. It is just such a focus on interfacial phenomena that gives a wide appeal to investigators to grain photocurrent, gate effect, polarized emission, optical waveguiding and other optoelectronic features. Major research efforts are centered on the interfacial systems composing organic semiconductor nanowires, inorganic-organic nanocomposites, as well as the single molecule systems. Interface Science also covers a wide variety of physical phenomena reflecting the disparate reasons for either creating an interface or the means by which an interface can be created. Structural properties, including the atomic structure, intermolecular arrangement and nanoscale morphology of interfaces, are key aspects of our research.
Illustrated below are the four major research directions of UCIS and the interrelationship regarding both fundamental science merit and broader impact on practical development of nanodevices.