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Scientific Research Division > Materials Science Group

The materials science group engage in the development of advanced nanomaterials and applications of synchrotron X-ray techniques, involving X-ray scattering, multiple diffraction, high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction, temporally coherent X-ray diffraction, and 3D X-ray Laue nanodiffraction etc. Each member maintains his or her own research team focusing on their particular area of expertise. There are four overarching research themes prevalent in the group:

I.Growth mechanism of thin films

We study thin film growth mechanism and structural properties of ultra-thin epitaxial films and various nano-materials, in particular, on metal oxide/semiconductor based novel epitaxial structures. The correlation between the structural characteristics and the other physical properties is also investigated. We also explore the development of novel multiferroic superlattice structures and green energy materials by atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering.

II.Crystallography in materials science

In order to examine the correlation between structures and functions, we study the crystal structures at non-ambient condition by in situ and real time powder X-ray diffraction technique. The materials studied include bio-materials, energy materials, catalysts and inorganic solid compounds.

III.Structural characteristics and properties of soft materials

We explore the nanostructures and structure-performance relationship in soft materials, including polymer crystallization, self-assembly block copolymers, liquid crystals, crystal structures of conducting polymers and polymer fibers etc.

IV.Development and applications of nanomaterials

We investigate the structures and physical properties of multi-dimensional porous materials and nanomaterials using in situ X-ray scattering and in situ X-ray diffraction, complemented with in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. To meet the demand of green energy, we utilize nanostructured architectures for the design of energy conversion and storage devices.

English NameResearch Interests
Yu-Chun Chuang#
  • X-ray crystallography and crystal engineering
  • Charge density analysis from high resolution X-ray diffraction data
  • Spin crossover materials
Shang-Jui Chiu
  • Structural characterization and stress
  • strain state of epitaxial-growth thin films using X-ray related techniques
Shih-Chang Weng
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Resonance X-ray Scattering
  • X-ray Diffuse Scattering
  • Inelastic X-ray Scattering
Chung-Kai Chang
  • TLS-01C2 Beamline Manager
  • TPS-09A Experimental Support
  • TPS-19A Beamline Construction
  • Powder Diffraction Mail-in service
Hwo-Shuenn Sheu
  • Nonambient Crystallography
  • Structure Determination from Powder Diffraction Data
  • Structural studies of Nano Materials
Song Yang
  • Epitaxial thin film X-ray scattering.
  • ZnO thin film growth by Atomic Layer Deposition and Pulse Laser Deposition.
  • Analyzing structural and optical properties of epitaxial ZnO thin film.
Ching-Yu Chiang
  • Nano-focused X-ray Laue Diffraction
  • Crystalline structure and electronic properties of thin-film solar cell and Li-ion battery materials
  • High entropy alloy (HEA) and high entropy ceramic (HEC)
Kueih-Tzu Lu
  • Associate Research Scientist
Yen-Chung Lai
  • X-ray powder diffraction
  • Multi-Crystal analyzer
Bo Hao Chen
  • Ab initio structure determination from powder diffraction (SDPD).
  • Dynamic structure analysis from in-situ powder diffraction.
Wan Zhen Hsieh
Xu-Feng Luo
  • Electrochemical energy storage device
  • In situ / operando X-ray analysis for electrochemical system
  • Li/Na-ion battery
# Group Leader
* Fixed-term Employee

Joint appointment

English NameEmployed unitResearch Interests
Heng-Liang Wu Associate Research Fellow, Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University Surface Physics and Chemistry、Electrochemistry、Energy Storage Systems
Hao Ming Chen Professor, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University Inorganic Chemistry、Nanomaterials、Energy Materials
Yun-Liang Soo Professor, Department of Physics National Tsing Hua University Condensed Physics、Materials Physics
Chun-Hong Kuo Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Porous materials、Nanomaterials、Chemical Catalysis