Center for Precision Assembly of Superstratic and Superatomic Solids

The PAS3 led by Columbia University in partnership with City College of New York, studies materials composed of atomically precise low-dimensional building blocks: two-dimensional atomic sheets and zero-dimensional molecular clusters.  The interdisciplinary team comprises faculty from materials science, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.  The research of the center is strengthened by collaborations with academic and industrial researchers, partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory, and international partners. Support for the center is provided through the NSF Grant DMR-1420634, part of the NSF MRSEC Program. Additional support is provided by Columbia University.

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February 2019: The deadline for the Columbia University Summer 2019 Materials Research REU program has been EXTENDED. All applications must now be complete and submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 22nd! 
December 2018: The application for the Columbia University Summer 2019 Materials Research REU program is now open! Click here to learn more and to apply!
May 2018: MRSEC PI Cory Dean has published a paper partially funded by PAS3 in the May 17 issue of Nature, entitled, "Dynamic band-structure tuning of graphene moire superlattices with pressure." Click here to learn more about Professor Dean's research on controlling the properties of graphene transistors using pressure. 
May 2018: Dr. Max Terban, recent PhD graduate of MRSEC PI Simon Billinge, receives the 2018 Julian David Baumert PhD Thesis Award for best thesis using NSLS-II.  Congratulations to Dr. Terban, as well as Professor Billinge, on this exciting recognition.
March 2018: The Spring 2018 Cornell-Columbia STEM Teacher Workshop will be held on the Columbia University campus on the morning of Saturday, March 17. Click here for more information and for registration.
January 2018: The application for the Columbia University summer 2018 Materials Research REU Program is now open! Click here for more information and to apply.
September 2017: Fashion Institute of Technology-Columbia University MRSEC Collaboration AlgiKnit, mentored by MRSEC PI Theanne Schiros, awarded the National Geographic CHASING GENIUS prize in the Sustainable Planet category. Congratulations to Professor Schiros and her team on this exciting accomplishment.  
September 2017: Congratulations to Professor Maria Tamargo, MRSEC PI at CCNY, who will receive the 2017 MBE Innovator Award to be given at the North American MBE Conference in October. 
August 2017: Columbia MRSEC partner Marcos Pimenta named President of the Brazilian Physical Society.
August 2017: Congratulations to Professor Xiaoyang Zhu, MRSEC Co-Lead Director IRG 2, who recently received both the Ahmed Zewail Award, American Chemical Society, as well as the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow Award, Department of Defense.
September 2016: Screening in crystalline liquids protects energetic carriers in hybrid perovskites from the Zhu group published in Science.
September 2016: Orientational order controls crystalline and amorphous thermal transport in superatomic crystals from the Roy and Malen groups is published in Nature Materials.
July 2016: Electronic correlations in monolayer VS2 from the Marianetti group is published in the American Physical Society.
​July 2016: Forming Nanoparticle Monolayers at Liquid Air Interfaces by Using Miscible Liquids from the Herman group is published in the American Chemical Society.​
March 2016: Nature of the quantum metal in a two-dimensional crystalline superconductor from the Kim, Hone, Dean and Pasupathy groups is published in Nature Physics.
February 2016: van der Waals Solids from Self-Assembled Nanoscale Building Blocks from the Nuckolls and Roy groups is published in Nano Letters.
September 2015: Robust Topological Interfaces and Charge Transfer in Epitaxial Bi2Se3/II–VI Semiconductor Superlattices from the Tamargo and Krusin-Elbaum groups is published in Nano Letters.
June 2015: Highly Stable, Dual-Gated MoS2 Transistors Encapsulated by Hexagonal Boron Nitride with Gate-Controllable Contact, Resistance, and Threshold Voltage from the Hone group is published in ACS Nano.
May 2015: Columbia University announces the new materials research center.   
March 2015: Multi-terminal transport measurements of MoS2 using a van der Waals heterostructure device platform from the Hone group is published in Nature Nanotechnology.
February 2015:  NSF announces newest awards for Material Research Science and Engineering Centers including a center at Columbia University.

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