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Erick I. Hernandez

Erick I. Hernandez
Previous degree(s): 
BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD start year: 
Award Year: 
Materials Science & Engineering
Research Advisor(s): 
Andrew Smith
André Schleife
Description of Research: 

Quantum dots are a type of light-emitting nanocrystalline semiconductors with applications in consumer electronics and in biological imaging. Today's best performing quantum dots are toxic when they degrade, preventing their widespread use. In order to design better, safer quantum dots we need to understand how the nanocrystal's composition, shape, size, and internal structure affect its optical properties. The overarching goal of my research is to use experimental and computational techniques to explore the structure-function relationship between these characteristics and the optical properties of nanocrystals.