New Directions in Layered, Anisotropic Materials

MPSD Seminar

  • Date: Oct 19, 2021
  • Time: 12:30 - 13:30
  • Speaker: Josh Goldberger
  • Ohio State University (MPI-Chemical Physics for Solids in Dresden)
  • Location: SR I/II/III and online via Zoom
  • Host: Angel Rubio
New Directions in Layered, Anisotropic Materials
Abstract: Layered and 2D materials are currently one of the most well-studied classes of solid-state compounds, due to the plethora of unique physical phenomena found in these materials coupled with advances in the characterization of structure and properties down to the single layer scale. Here, we will describe our recent work in the synthesis, properties, and applications of layered materials that exhibit n-type conduction and p-type conduction simultaneously across different crystallographic directions. Recently, we discovered that NaSn2As2, an exfoliatable 2D van der Waals material, simultaneously exhibits p-type conduction along the in-plane direction and n-type behavior along the cross-plane direction, a phenomenon we define as “goniopolarity”. We will establish the origin of this exotic behavior, the chemical design principles for creating new goniopolar materials, and our recent efforts in significantly expanding the number of known materials with this phenomenon. Finally, we will show that goniopolar materials can be used to create a new class of thermoelectric devices called transverse thermoelectrics, which completely avoid the Achilles heel of traditional longitudinal devices – the hot side contacts.

Bio: Josh Goldberger received his B.S. in chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley with Professor Peidong Yang in 2006, as an NSF graduate fellow. He then did his postdoctoral research with Professor Sam Stupp at Northwestern University as part of the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine, as an NIH-NRSA postdoctoral fellow (2007-2010). He has received many awards, including an MRS Graduate Student Finalist Award in 2003, an IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists in 2007, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2015, a Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award in 2019, and an ASC Mid-Career Excellence Award in 2020. He joined The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2010, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016, and Professor in 2020.

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