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Dr. Dexian Ye

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics


Phone: (804) 827-1718
Fax: (804) 828-7073

Room 2413
Department of Physics

Virginia Commonwealth University
701 W. Grace Street

P.O. Box 842000
Richmond, VA 23284-2000

Research Interests

  • Growth of nanostructured materials (by dynamic oblique angle deposition technique) for energy applications
  • Three-dimensional (3D) Si spiral photonic crystals (fabricated by dynamic oblique angle deposition technique)
  • Surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy, namely, Raman and IR spectroscopy
  • Wetting and spreading dynamics on nanostructured surfaces
  • Coherent ultrafast phenomena in nanorod and nanospring arrays using a time-resolved ultrafast laser pump-probe technique

Research Group

  • Nanomaterials Lab (Under construction)

Research Fields

  • Wetting and spreading phenomena on nanostructured surfaces
  • Applications of nanostructured materials to thermoelectric devices, photovoltaic cells, solid-state batteries, and biosensors
  • Fabrication and characterization of photonic crystals and phononic crystals
  • Nanostructure-enhanced Raman, IR microscopy

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  • The Karen and Lester Gerhardt Prize in Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (05/2007)
  • AVS Thin Film Division Graduate Student Award, American Vacuum Society (11/2006)
  • Hillard B. Huntington Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (05/2006)
  • Founders Award of Excellence, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (10/2005)
  • Walter Eppenstein Award (for best teaching assistant), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (05/2003)

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Graduate Students

  • Nahla Albarakati
  • Marrwa Alrrshedan
  • Mathias Auer


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Undergraduate and High School Students

  • David Soma (Senior, Honors College)
  • Quinton Robbins (rising senior, St. Christophers High School)

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  • Prof. Junrong Zheng, Rice University
  • Prof. Sajeev John, the University of Toronto

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  Last updated 08/04/2009