Research

The Center for Molecular Interfacing (CMI) is an NSF-sponsored Center for Chemical Innovation Phase I Center hosted at Cornell University.

Forming reliable interfaces to individual molecules remains extremely challenging because most important electronic materials are poorly defined at the molecular scale. Atoms on the surface of metals are generally disordered and highly mobile at room temperature, and semiconductors are fraught with surface states, oxides, and other structural complexities.

Research within the CMI focuses on forming reliable and reproducible interfaces between molecules and carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets. These carbon-based materials are uniquely suited for this purpose because of their atomic precision and nanometer-scale dimensions. The CMI unites a broad range of scientific expertise, bringing together expertise in synthetic, analytical, and quantum chemistry, as well as materials growth and characterization and device fabrication.  

For more information about specific research efforts within the center, please follow the links below.