Zauscher Lab | Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

Nanomechanics Lab at Duke University

Zauscher Lab


Proposal funded by Duke’s Energy Initiative Research Seed Fund!

A collaborative and interdisciplinary proposal entitled “Carbon-Supported Earth-Abundant Materials with Tailored Interfaces for Energy Applications” was recently funded by Duke University’s Energy Initiative Energy Research Seed Fund. In this activity, the PIs will leverage their combined expertise in synthesis by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) (Glass), characterization by Accoustic and Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM) (Zauscher), and first-principles Atomistic Simulations of interfacial structure and electronic properties (Blum), to fabricate carbon-supported transition metal 2D materials with enhanced properties to improve their efficiency and viability for energy applications.


Zauscherlab Jungle Gym for Asylum AFM

We just finished building a passive vibration damping system for our Asylum MFP-3D. The “jungle gym” like structure doubly isolates the AFM. The weighted frame sits on for air springs, and the AFM, supported by extended bungee cords, floats over the table in the frame. photophoto 1

Congratulations Dr. Hardy!

Greg Hardy passed his Ph.D. defense with flying colors on Thursday March 27, 2014. Congratulations Greg!

Zauscherlab Hike

We took advantage of a sunny, 70Group_Hike_2014F day to skip out and do a short hike along the Eno river.

A “Star” is Born

Congratulations to Lei Tang and co-workers for the acceptance of the paper: Enzymatic Polymerization of High Molecular Weight DNA Amphiphiles starthat Self-Assemble into Star-like Micelles, in Advanced Materials!

Congratulations Kate for Winning 3rd Place at the Poster Competition at AVS!

Kate Marusak won 3rd place in the Biointerface Science poster competition at the 60th International Symposium and Exhibition of the AVS in Longbeach, CA.

Her poster was entitled: Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles and Thin Films by E. coli Bacterial Precipitation



Congratulations to Kate Marusak, Renpeng Gu, and Qing Tu!

Kate received a fellowship slot on the CBTE NIH Training Grant!

Renpeng and Qing both joined the ranks of the MRSEC Fellows!

Polymeric and Biomolecular Nanostructures: Fabrication by Scanning Probe Lithography

Robert Ferris, Tao Chen, and Stefan Zauscher authored an invited chapter for the new edition of the “Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,” to be published by Dekker.

Mapping the Stiffness of Nanomaterials and Thin Films by Acoustic AFM Techniques

Zehra Parlak, Qing Tu, and Stefan Zauscher authored an invited book chapter for the “Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties” to be published in the Fall 2013 by Springer Verlag.


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