Professor Richard Hennig is highlighted by the Texas Advanced Computer Center
Over the last decade, researchers have created useful nanoparticles for all sorts of industrial applications. However, a comprehensive understanding of the "design principles" behind nanotechnology continues to develop.
Using the high performance computing systems of XSEDE, Cornell researchers showed that the concentration and location of small molecules on the surface of lead-selenium nanocrystals cause the particles to form different shapes with different energy potentials. These nanocrystals are promising materials for next-generation solar cells.
The results of the study were published in ACS Nano in February 2012.