News

2017

Dec 2017 Prof. Schniepp joins the editorial board of PLOS ONE, one of the world's largest scientific journals as an Academic Editor.
Dec 2017 Prof. Schniepp speaks at the 7th International Conference on Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues about our most recent results on the hierarchical structure of silk. thum_icmobt.jpg
Dec 2017 Prof. Schniepp presents four papers at the 2017 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA on topics including the brown recluse ribbon silk, thermal interface materials, and interfacial properties of graphene. thum_mrs.jpg
Nov 2017 Ph. D. student Qijue Wang receives an International Student Opportunity Award from the Reves Center for International Studies, William and Mary.
Sep 2017 New publication: Polymer (2017) — Hocker, Hudson-Smith, Smith, Komatsu, Dickinson, Schniepp & Kranbuehl: "Graphene oxide reduces the hydrolytic degradation in polyamide-11". A tiny amount of graphene makes plastics more durable. thum_go-pa11.jpg
Mar 2017 The U.S. National Science Foundation produces a video feature of our breakthrough on the loops of the brown recluse spider in their Science Now—Science 360 show (Episode 50). thum_nsf.jpg
Feb 2017 Discovery Channel Canada] airs a TV feature of our brown recluse looped silk discovery in their science show Daily Planet (7:00 pm show on February 15). thum_dailyplanet.jpg
Feb 2017 BBC radio interview: On Feb. 20, the BBC aired a 5-minute radio interview with Prof. Schniepp on the group's recent breakthough on the looped recluse silk. Now available here (The Naked Scientists).
Feb 2017 ABC Australia radio interview: On Feb. 24, the BBC interview was also aired on the other side of the world. Now available here (The Naked Scientists).
Feb 2017 The Naked Scientists, a British science podcast, features Prof. Schniepp's BBC interview on their web page, including a written story and images: link.
Feb 2017 The Daily Press has a video feature on our silk research. daily_press_thumb.jpg
Feb 2017 The Daily Press interviews Prof. Schniepp as part of their front page story on our paper on the loops in the silk of the recluse spider. thum_dailypress.jpg
Feb 2017 New publication: Materials Horizons (2017) — Koebley, Vollrath & Schniepp*: "Toughness-enhancing metastructure in the recluse spider's looped ribbon silk". Ribbon silk has the unique ability to enhance toughness and maintain strength via looping.

2016

Dec 2016 New story on the William & Mary web page featuring our team member Sean Koebley as one of the two founding members of William & Mary Journal Club, a weekly gathering of William & Mary graduate students for sharing research.
Nov 2016 We present several papers at the 2016 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA on topics including the brown recluse ribbon silk, optical characterization of 2D materials/graphene, and oil recovery. thum_mrs.jpg
Oct 2016 We have two openings for new PhD students in our group. Starting date: Fall 2017. For more information, click here. Application Deadline: February 2017. thum_phd.jpg
Oct 2016 Invited Presentation: Our PhD student Sean Koebley presents the most recent breakthroughs in his investigations of the brown recluse ribbons silk in front of the William & Mary Graduate Studies Advisory Board. thum_sean.jpg
Oct 2016 New publication: Energy & Fuels (2016) — Dickinson, Suijkerbuijk, Berg, Marcelis & Schniepp* "Atomic Force Spectroscopy Using Colloidal Tips Functionalized with Dried Crude Oil: A Versatile Tool to Investigate Oil–Mineral Interactions". Press Release. thum_energy-fuels.jpg
Sep 2016 William & Mary features our Lab in a news story about the new ISC building.
Our highly sensitive work on atomic force microscopy is highlighted.
Sep 2016 New publication: Surface Innovations (2016) — Dickinson, Kranbuehl & Schniepp* "Assessing Graphene Oxide/Polymer Interfacial Interactions via Peeling Test". thum_peeling.jpg
Apr 2016 The physics department at the College of William & Mary has named Prof. Schniepp a
Courtesy Associate Professor of Physics.
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Apr 2016 New publication: Polymer (2016) — Hocker, Hudson-Smith, Schniepp & Kranbuehl* "Enhancing polyimide's water barrier properties through addition of functionalized graphene oxide".
Apr 2016 New publication: Nanoscale (2016) — Neugirg, Koebley, Schniepp* & Fery* "AFM-based mechanical characterization of single nanofibres".

2015

Dec 2015 Prof. Schniepp delivers an invited Keynote Speech at the 6th International Conference on Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues. thum_icmobt.jpg
Dec 2015 Sean Koebley's poster on the toughness of the brown recluse spider was nominated for
Best Poster Award at the 2015 MRS Fall National Meeting in Boston, MA.
Nov 2015 We present several papers at the 2015 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA on topics including the brown recluse ribbon silk, self-assembly of silk molecules, graphene/polyimide coatings, and graphene-enhanced nylon with extended lifetime. thum_mrs.jpg
Oct 2015 Our research on the silk of the brown recluse spider is highlighted by the ideation magazine article: "Unraveling the secret of silk that's more alive than dead". thum_ideation_2013.jpg
Sep 2015 Cover Story in the Daily Press featuring our recently published research on shear-induced self-assembly of molecularly thin silk fibrils. There is also a corresponding Video Interview. thum_dailypress.jpg
Sep 2015 Hannes Schniepp is named a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Nanoscience with Advanced Technology (Verizona Publisher).
Aug 2015 Ph. D. student Qijue Wang receives the 2015 Fall Graduate Studies Advisory Board Recruitment Fellowship.
Aug 2015 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a 4-year, $324,000 award from the DMREF program (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) to Prof. Schniepp, starting Oct. 2015. thum_nsf.jpg
Aug 2015 New publication: "Silk Reconstitution Disrupts Fibroin Self-Assembly" by authors Koebley, Greving, Vollrath & Schniepp*, just appeared in Biomacromolecules.
More information in our Press Release.
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Feb 2015 For the term 2015–2018, The College of William & Mary has designated Prof. Schniepp the
Adina Allen Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Applied Science in recognition for his contributions in teaching and research.

2014

Dec 2014 "Highly Cited" Status for 5th Paper: Our 2012 paper “Methods of Graphite Exfoliation” has now reached “highly cited” status, as it is in the top 1% of all papers in Materials Science. This is Prof. Schniepp's 5th “highly cited” paper.
Aug 2014 Ph. D. student Qijue Wang receives the 2014 Fall Graduate Studies Advisory Board Recruitment Fellowship.
Aug 2014 Ph. D. student Sean Koebley receives a 2014–2015 Graduate STEM Research Fellowship, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC).
Aug 2014 Prof. Schniepp joins the Department of Materials Science (D-MATL) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, for one year as a guest professor, hosted by Prof. André Studart.
May 2014 Prof. Schniepp is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award from the U. S. National Science Foundation (award # DMR-1352542). The award will provide a total of $450,000 over 5 years to investigate the ribbon silk of the loxosceles spider. thum_nsf.jpg
Mar 2014 Discovery Channel Canada airs a TV feature of our brown recluse silk project in their science show Daily Planet (7:00 pm show on March 10). thum_dailyplanet.jpg
Mar 2014 William & Mary produces the 4-minute video story "In the lab: 'Milking' brown recluse spiders for silk" about our work on brown recluse spider silk. thum_milkingvideo.jpg
Feb 2014 Our work reporting the first large-scale exfoliation of hexagonal Boron Nitride nanosheets is published in Small. thum_bn-exfol.jpg
Feb 2014 Hannes Schniepp is awarded Tenure at the College of William & Mary and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. thum_hasi.jpg

2013

Dec 2013 Advanced Materials features our brown recluse silk paper out of all communications of the Dec 23 issue with a full-page frontispiece. thum_am_frontispiece.jpg
Nov 2013 We present several papers at the 2013 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA on topics including self-organization of silk protein and the loxosceles ribbon silk. thum_mrs.jpg
Oct 2013 The Daily Press, Hampton Roads' big newspaper, prominently features our research on the recluse spider silk with a long online article, accompanied with pictures and a video interview. In the print edition, our story had a large title page feature in the Oct 15 issue. thum_dailypress.jpg
Oct 2013 Chemical & Engineering News feature: C & E News features our paper on the recluse spider silk in their October 28 issue. thum_c_en-loxo.jpg
Oct 2013 Virginia Gazette brown recluse feature: Our research on the silk of the brown recluse spider is featured with a story and photos in their October 19 issue. thum_silk-gazette.jpg
Oct 2013 Daily Press Video Interview: Interview with Prof. Schniepp about our research on the recluse spider silk. This is goes along with their long article, accompanied with pictures. thum_dailypress.jpg
Oct 2013 Our research on the silk of the brown recluse spider is highlighted by the ideation magazine article: "Unraveling the secret of silk that's more alive than dead". thum_ideation_2013.jpg
Oct 2013 The WIRED magazine highlights our research on the silk of the brown recluse spider with an exciting article. thum_silk-wired.jpg
Sep 2013 The prestigious journal Advanced Materials accepts our landmark article on the silk of the recluse spider. We are the first to study the mechanical properties of this exciting material.
See our Press Release for more information.
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Jul 2013 Hannes Schniepp will serve as the new Director of Graduate Studies for the Applied Science Department, starting September 01, 2013. thum_hasi.jpg
Jun 2013 Hannes Schniepp is named a member of the editorial board of the new journal Advances in Chemistry (Hindawi).
May 2013 Prof. Schniepp gives an invited talk at NASA's Langley Research Center on 2D-High-Performance Materials.
May 2013 Pei Pang joins our team as a research undergraduate student. Pei is currently a sophomore in William & Mary's chemistry department. ASCII
Jan 2013 Hannes Schniepp is named a member of the editorial board of the journal Graphene (American Scientific Publishers).
Jan 2013 Prof. Schniepp gives an invited lecture on in the Soft Matter Seminar in the Physics Department of Georgetown University.

2012

Dec 2012 We congratulate our team member Minzhen Cai for graduating with a Ph.D. from the Applied Science Department at William & Mary.
Nov 2012 We present four papers at the 2012 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA on topics including self-organization of silk protein, graphene-based nanocomposites, molecular surfactant self-assembly on graphene, and graphene oxide as a band gap material. thum_mrs.jpg
Oct 2012 Our paper on Graphite Exfoliation was the third-most read article in the entire Journal of Materials Chemistry in September 2012 — within days after online publication (September 12, 2012).
Sep 2012 Our paper on improved titanium surface treatments for implants gets published in The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants "Effects of Coating a Titanium Alloy with Fibronectin on the Expression of Osteoblast Gene Markers in the MC3T3 Osteoprogenitor Cell Line" Int. J. Oral Maxillofac. Implants 27, 1081–1090 (2012).
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Aug 2012 We publish a new paper on graphene exfoliation in The Journal of Materials Chemistry: "Methods of Graphite Exfoliation" J. Mater. Chem. 22, 24992—25002 (2012).
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Aug 2012 Ph. D. student Sean Koebley receives a 2012–2013 Graduate STEM Research Fellowship, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC).
Aug 2012 We present three papers at the 244th ACS National Fall Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on the topics of polymer nanocomposites, oil–mineral interactions, and molecular self-organization on graphene. thum_acs.jpg
Jul 2012 Our paper on molecular self-organization on graphene gets published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C: "Charge-Driven Selective Adsorption of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate on Graphene Oxide Visualized by Atomic Force Microscopy" J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 20080–20085 (2012). thum_sds-go.jpg
May 2012 We congratulate our team member Daniel Thorpe for graduating with a B.S. from the Biology Department at William & Mary. Daniel will continue his studies at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University.
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May 2012 We congratulate our team member James Nebeker for graduating with a B.S. from the Physics Department at William & Mary. James will move on to the Graduate Program of Georgetown University.
May 2012 Prof. Schniepp gives an invited presentation at the E-MRS Spring Meeting in Strasbourg/France ("Biomaterials" Symposium).
May 2012 "Lighter, Stronger, Better" — our research on graphene-based high-performance polymer nanocomposites is featured in the ideation magazine. thum_go-ideation.jpg
Apr 2012 Our paper on orientational order of surfactant micelles on gold gets published in Nano LIFE: "Phonon-Induced Anisotropic Dispersion Forces On A Metallic Substrate" Nano LIFE 02, 1240001 (2012). thum_nanolife.jpg
Mar 2012 We have a new publication on a novel solvent system for graphene (J. Am. Chem. Soc.):
"Stabilization of Graphene Sheets by a Structured Benzene/Hexafluorobenzene Mixed Solvent". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 5018–5021 (2012).
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Mar 2012 "Making spider-sense" — our ground breaking discoveries on the silk protein are featured in the ideation magazine. thum_silkeation.jpg
Feb 2012 Our paper on the silk worm protein gets published in Biomacromolecules:
"Shear-Induced Self-Assembly of Native Silk Proteins into Fibrils Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy". Biomacromolecules, 13, 676–682 (2012).
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2011

Dec 2011 We present our latest results about showing giant stress transfer between single graphene sheets and polymers at the 2011 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA. thum_mrs.jpg
Nov 2011 Our publication on graphene oxide nanocomposites gets published in Macromolecules, the #1 polymer journal:
"In Situ Reduction of Graphene Oxide in Polymers". Macromolecules 44, 9821–9829 (2011).
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Oct 2011 Prof. Schniepp gives an invited talk on graphene-based polymer nanocomposites at the 2011 SERMACS meeting in Richmond, VA. thum_acs.jpg
Aug 2011 Our paper on graphene–polymer interactions gets published:
"Measurement of the interfacial attraction between graphene oxide sheets and the polymer in a nanocomposite". J. Appl. Polym. Sci.122, 3739–3743 (2011).
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Jun 2011 Prof. Schniepp is the recipient of an NSF EAEER Award from the U. S. National Science Foundation (award # DMR-1111030). The award will provide $46,000 over 12 months to investigate Graphene Oxide as a next-generation photoelectronic material with an adjustable band gap. thum_nsf.jpg
May 2011 Dr. A. Jaeton Glover joins our team as a postdoctoral researcher.
Apr 2011 Congratulations to our team member Eric Yang, who was selected to receive a Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the 2011–2012 academic year.
Mar 2011 Our work on thermal processing of GO polymer nanocomposites is presented at the ACS Spring Meeting of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. thum_acs.jpg
Feb 2011 Laura Rickard from our research group was selected to present our on work implant materials to members of the VA General Assembly and government representatives. thum_implant2.jpg
Jan 2011 Our paper on Titanium-based implant materials gets published:
"Surface oxide net charge of a titanium alloy: Comparison between effects of treatment with heat or radiofrequency plasma glow discharge". Coll. Surf. B82, 173–181 (2011).
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2010

Dec 2010 The Schniepp group receives a research grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust. The funds will greatly enhance our silk project. thum_silk.jpg
Nov 2010 Outreach activity: Prof. Schniepp gives science classes for 120 middle school students at Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg, VA, teaching about touching atoms with a sharp AFM tip. This activity is part of W&M's 2010 Laserfest. thum_berkeley.jpg
Nov 2010 We present our latest results about directly measuring interactions between single graphene sheets and polymers at the 2010 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA. thum_mrs.jpg
Nov 2010 Prof. Schniepp to give public presentations during W&M's 2010 Laserfest Title: “Atomic Force Microscopy: Sub-Nanometer Precision Guided by Laser Light thum_laserfest.jpg
Oct 2010 Publication appears in Applied Optics: "Tuning of structural color using a dielectric actuator and multifunctional compliant electrodes". Appl. Opt.49, 6689–6696 (2010). thum_tunablecolor.jpg
Sep 2010 We have an opening for a new PhD student in our group. Starting date: Fall 2011. For more information, click here thum_phd.jpg
Aug 2010 Laura Rickard joins our research group as a new PhD student. Laura investigates the interfacial forces in the vicinity of mineral surfaces using atomic force microscopy. thum_laura.jpg
Jul 2010 We welcome Di Zhang as a new graduate student to our team. Di studies surface adsorption of amphiphilic polymer molecules at the solid–liquid interface. thum_di.jpg
Jun 2010 Our conference paper gets published:
"Direct Measurement of the Interfacial Attractions between Functionalized Graphene and Polymers in Nanocomposites". AIP conf. proc.1255, 95–97 (2010).
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Jun 2010 Eric Yang (physics) joins our research group as an undergraduate researcher. He is currently in his freshman year. He will investigate optical properties of nanomaterials.
Jun 2010 Our work on nanocomposites is presented at the Times of Polymers (TOP) conference in Italy.
Mai 2010 Congratulations to our team member Yangwei Liu for successfully graduating from the Applied Science graduate program!
Mai 2010 We received our new Olympus IX-71 inverted light microscope, performing many contrasting techniques, including dark field and DIC. This instrument also integrates with our atomic force microscope (AFM), for simultaneous optical/AFM measurements. thum_ix71.jpg
Mai 2010 We congratulate TJ Wallin for successfully completing his senior thesis project in our lab and for graduating from William & Mary with a physics/chemistry double major. thum_tj.jpg
Apr 2010 Chemistry junior Joe Christesen joins our research team for a research summer stay and to perform an “Honors” senior thesis in our research group. thum_joe.jpg
Apr 2010 We present our latest results at the 2010 Graphene Week at University of Maryland University College in College Park, Maryland. thum_graphweek2010.jpg
Feb 2010 We start a new research thrust exploring the fascinating the properties of silkworm silks and spider silks. thum_silk.jpg

2009

Dec 2009 Our 2009 group excursion leads us to Yorktown. thum_yorktown.jpg
Dec 2009 Prof. Schniepp gives an invited presentation on the application of AFM with nanomaterials at NT-MDT's event at the 2009 MRS Fall Meeting.
Nov 2009 We present our latest results on graphene–polymer nanocomposites at the 2009 Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA. thum_mrs.jpg
Oct 2009 TJ Wallin, a senior undergraduate student, joins our group. For his senior thesis (physics) he will work on graphene-reinforced nanocomposites in our laboratory. thum_tj.jpg
Oct 2009 The Schniepp research group receives a multi-year NIH sub-award to investigate implant surfaces and molecular organization of protein on surfaces. The work is carried out in collaboration with Dr. Daniel MacDonald, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Oct 2009 H. Schniepp gives an invited talk in the Physics Colloquium at Virginia Commonwealth University
Sep 2009 We have an opening for a new PhD student in our group. Starting date: Fall 2010. For more information, click here thum_phd.jpg
Sep 2009 H. Schniepp gives an invited talk in the Materials Science & Engineering Department Seminar at The University of Virginia
Aug 2009 Our work on surfactant micelles is featured by NT-MDT. thum_nt-mdt_mic.jpg
Jul 2009 We visualized the dynamic self-assembly of surfactant molecules with high resolution. thum_ctab.jpg
Jul 2009 We present our work at the 2009 nanoSTAR Commonwealth Nanoscience Meeting at The University of Virginia
Jun 2009 Our 2006 paper on Production of Single-Layer Functionalized Graphene is currently one of the 5 most-read articles of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. thum_fgs.jpg
Jun 2009 We moved our Scanning Probe Microscope into our new ultra-low-noise laboratory.
Jun 2009 We present our work on graphene–polymer nanocomposites at the NASA Langley Research Center.
May 2009 Our first graphene patent is on its way!
Mar 2009 Hannes Schniepp's AFM work on graphene is featured in a cover story of ACS's Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN News). thum_cen.jpg
Feb 2009 We made large single-layer functionalized graphene sheets in our laboratory and produced new high-resolution AFM images thum_go-large.jpg
Feb 2009 Our papers have now been cited more than 200 times! thum_id.jpg
Jan 2009 We are getting beautiful atomic-resolution STM images of graphite on our new microscope. thum_stm-hopg.jpg
Jan 2009 We have produced macroscopic amounts of Single-Layer Functionalized Graphene Sheets in our new laboratory for the first time. thum_go.jpg

2008

Dec 2008 Excursion of the Nanomaterials & Imaging Lab to Norfolk, VA, visiting the USS Wisconsin and the Navy Museum.
Dec 2008 Our new "NTEGRA Prima" scanning probe laboratory was delivered and installed! The new research lab at The College of William & Mary is now fully operational.
Dec 2008 Publication appears in ACS Nano:
"Bending Properties of Single Functionalized Graphene Sheets Probed by Atomic Force Microscopy". ACS Nano 2, 2577–2584 (2008).
This article is another cover story.
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Dec 2008 The capacity of the Imaging class (Spring 2009), has been increased to 20, in order to allow more students to take the class. thum_784.jpg
Nov 2008 Publication appears in Langmuir:
"Inhibition and Promotion of Copper Corrosion by CTAB in a Microreactor System". Langmuir 24, 14269–14275 (2008).
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Oct 2008 The new web page of the Department of Applied Science at The College of William & Mary — managed, designed and coded by Prof. Schniepp — was launched. thum_apsc-www.jpg
Oct 2008 Prof. Schniepp will offer a Class on Optical and Scanning Probe Microscopy in Spring 2009. For more information click here. thum_784.jpg
Sep 2008 We have an opening for a new PhD student in our group. Starting date: Fall 2009. For more information, click here thum_phd.jpg
Aug 2008 We welcome incoming PhD student Yangwei Liu to our team!
Yangwei will study molecular interactions at the solid–liquid interface.
Aug 2008 We welcome incoming PhD student Minzhen Cai to our team!
Minzhen will develop new graphene-based nanocomposites.
Aug 2008 Start of the nanomaterials & imaging lab. The facilities are being set up.
Jul 2008 Publication appears in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C:
"Orientational Order of Molecular Assemblies on Rough Surfaces", J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 14902–14906
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Jun 2008 Publication appears in nature nanotechnology: "Functionalized graphene sheets for polymer nanocomposites", Nature Nanotechnol. 3, 327–331 (2008). thum_natnano.jpg
May 2008 Prof. Schniepp's publications get cited for the 100th time! thum_id.jpg
Apr 2008 Hannes Schniepp accepts assistant professor position at  The College of William & Mary,  in the Department of Applied Science, starting Fall 2008
Jan 2008 Publication appears in Langmuir: "Tip-Induced Orientational Order of Surfactant Micelles on Gold", Langmuir 24, 626–631 (2008). thum_shear.jpg
Jan 2008 Publication appears in Nano Letters: "Raman Spectra of Graphite Oxide and Functionalized Graphene Sheets" Nano Letters 8, 36–41 (2008). thum_raman.jpg

2007

Dec 2007 Hannes Schniepp gives an invited talk at Rutgers University, "Graphene-Based Building Blocks for Nanomaterials" thum_rutgers.jpg
Dec 2007 Manuscript accepted by Langmuir: "Tip-Induced Orientational Order of Surfactant Micelles on Gold." thum_orient.jpg
Sep 2007 Cover story appears in Chemistry of Materials: "Single Sheet Functionalized Graphene by Oxidation and Thermal Expansion of Graphite", Chemistry of Materials 19, 4396–4404 (2007). thum_chm.jpg
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