Diao Research Group


We study the fascinating molecular assembly processes, such as nucleation, crystal growth, aggregation, etc, which critically impact the solid-state properties of materials (e.g. thermodynamic, kinetic, electronic, optical, mechanical). We are particularly interested in the highly non-equilibrium molecular assembly processes during additive manufacturing of soft functional materials. It is our goal to control the solid-state properties by understanding the fundamental molecular assembly processes, and ultimately, to achieve eco-friendly manufacturing for a future of better medicine, cleaner environment and greener energy.


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“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in the lab ... is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him / her like a fairy tale. ...

If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.”

                                                                                               - Madame Curie