Our research in nanotechnology concerns fundamentals of self-assembly related to nanophotonics. A key example is the self-assembly of metallic nickel nanostructures on various substrate materials antecedent to GaN nanowire growth. The nickel functions as catalyst for growth in MOCVD conditions. GaN nanowires grow where the nickel nanostructures self-assemble.
We are also interested in nanoscale energetics. Research has addressed the interactions between nickel and aluminum, which exhibit self-propagating high-temperature reaction when deposited in extremely thin layers.