GRADECAK GROUP at MIT
Merton C. Flemings Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
2003: PhD in Physics
Interdisciplinary Center of Electron Microscopy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Thesis: "Structural and optical properties of laterally overgrown gallium nitride studied by electron microscopy"
1999: Diploma in Physics
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia)
Diploma thesis: "Thermal and structural properties of hard carbons"
2004-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow
Professor Charles M. Lieber group, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
2004: Research Associate
Institute of Quantum Electronics and Photonics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland), Professor Marc Ilegems
1999-2003: Graduate Student
Interdisciplinary Center of Electron Microscopy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland), Professor Pierre Stadelmann
1999: Undergraduate Student
Laboratory for Thermal Conductivity Investigation, Institute of Physics (Zagreb, Croatia), Dr. Ana Smontara
1998-1999: Research Assistant
Laboratory for Structural Investigation, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), Professor Antun Tonejc
Awards and Achievements
2004: Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for Prospective Researchers
2003: Diploma in Entrepreneurship Course at the CREATE Branco Weiss Chairs of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland)
2002: Organization of the scientific expedition Electrophonic Fireball Project, Terra Alta region, Spain
2001: Scholarship of Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy
1998: Organization of the scientific project International Leonid Watch Croatia, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
1996: Dean's Prize for the Best Student Project at University of Zagreb in 1995/96 Academic Year (Zagreb, Croatia)
1996: Scholarship of the City Council of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia)
Nanotechnology, a scientific and technological discipline that takes advantage of new properties on the nanoscale, offers great promises for future applications. It explores unique properties of materials when their dimensions are comparable to the relevant correlation lengths, and requires innovative synthesis and fabrication methods.
We use rational synthesis of free-standing nanoscale objects like nanowires, nanocrystals, and nanotubes and combine spectroscopic techniques, transport measurements and advanced electron microscopy techniques to directly correlate structural and physical properties on the nanometer scale. Our interdisciplinary approach combines the following sub-programs:
- Growth of semiconductor nanowires and nanowire heterostructures with new structural, optical, magnetic, and electric properties.
- Nanowire-based semiconductor quantum optics and novel nanophotonic applications.
- Development of new experimental tools for synthesis and nanoscale characterization of nanostructured materials.
Experimental techniques and methodologies that are being developed as a part of our research endeavor are generally applicable to any material system where interplay between nanostructure, properties, and performance becomes significant.