Qi to present her nanocrystal theory at Gordon Research Conference


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Xin Qi will present her poster abstract and research “The Thermos-Dynamic Influence of Structure of Directing Agents in Solution Phase Nanocrystal Synthesis” at the June Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Growth and Assembly, University of New England.

Under the guidance of Kristen Fichthorn, Merrell Fenske professor of chemical engineering, Xin was not only selected for her poster abstract but to also to give an oral presentation based on her exemplary findings on nanocrystal growth. Fichthorn mentioned that other chemical engineering doctoral students have submitted their poster abstracts in the past but this is the first time that one of her students will also give an oral presentation.

In Qi’s work she applies molecular dynamics simulations to model the atoms and molecules at a crystal-solution interface. She integrates these results with theory to explain nanocrystal growth shapes in the solution phase. This doctoral student predicts why those shapes are formed and will explain her theory in greater detail at the Gordon Research Conference.

From a practical perspective, applications of this research could make catalysts and solar energy more efficient and cost-effective, as catalytic activity and selectivity are highly sensitive to nanocrystal shape and so is the interaction of nanocrystals with light. Long and thin metal nanowires can be flexible, optically transparent, and excellent conductors, making them attractive components in electronic touch screens.

“The Gordon Research Conferences are among the most prestigious conferences in science and it is a great honor for Xin to be selected as a speaker,” said Fichthorn. “It’s an honor to be selected,” said Qi. “This will be great exposure for my research. I look forward to receiving very valuable and intellectual responses from field experts. Their suggestions will drive our research moving forward.”

The Crystal Growth and Assembly Gordon Research Conference is dedicated to the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental atomic and nanoscale physics and chemistry that are central to the nucleation and growth of crystals for a wide array of technologies, according to the Conference website. Qi will present during the week of June 25-June 30.


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“This will be great exposure for my research. I look forward to receiving very valuable and intellectual responses from field experts."
—Xin Qi



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