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Researcher: Robert Hamers

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Areas of Expertise
  • Intersection of chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology
  • Interface chemistry for renewable energy
  • New types of surface chemistry to create and improve next-generation devices for renewable energy
  • Ultrastable surface chemistries to control chemical selectivity and electron-transfer properties at interfaces
  • Use of electrochemical and photochemical methods to produce energy-rich fuels from inexpensive and/or starting materials such as CO2
  • Electrochemical energy storage
  • Materials science and interface chemistry associated with next-generation lithium-ion batteries
  • Safer batteries using new organosilicon-based electrolytes
  • New anode and cathode materials that have the potential to store nearly 10 times as much energy per unit weight as today's batteries
  • Environmental impact of nanomaterials
  • Potential health effects associated with nanomaterials
  • How the surface chemistry of nanoparticles affects bioavailability and toxicology
  • Electrochemical and/or photo-electrochemical properties of materials
Web Site Robert Hamers' Department of Chemistry Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 8,986,532 – Methods and systems for the reduction of molecules using diamond as a photoreduction catalyst, issued March 2015.
  • 8,491,999 – Metal-coated vertically aligned carbon nanofibers, issued July 2013.
  • 8,486,569 – Lithium/carbon monofluoride batteries with organosilicon electrolytes, issued July 2013.
  • 8,093,177 – Metal oxides having molecular and/or biomolecular functionalization, issued January 2012.
  • 7,704,362 – Apparatus for transport and analysis of particles using dielectrophoresis, issued April 2010.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150270573 - Halogenated organosilicon electrolytes, methods of using them, and electrochemical devices containing them, published September 2015.
  • 20150221986 - Symmetrical and unsymmetrical organosilicon molecules and electrolyte compositions and electrochemical devices containing them, published August 2015.
  • 20150037686 - Halogenated organosilicon electrolytes, methods of using them, and electrochemical devices containing them, published February 2015.
  • 20140093754 - High-temperature resistant carbon monofluoride batteries having lithiated anode, published April 2014.
  • 20130192977 - Methods and systems for the reduction of molecules using diamond as a photoreduction catalyst, published August 2013.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Color-pure violet-light-emitting diodes based on layered lead halide perovskite nanoplates. Liang D, Peng Y, Fu Y, Shearer MJ, Zhang J, Zhai J, Zhang Y, Hamers RJ, Andrew TL, Jin S. ACS Nano. 2016 Jul 26;10(7):6897-904. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b02683.

  • Atomic layer deposition of al2o3-ga2o3 alloy coatings for li[ni0.5mn0.3co0.2]o2 cathode to improve rate performance in li-ion battery. Laskar MR, Jackson DH, Guan Y, Xu S, Fang S, Dreibelbis M, Mahanthappa MK, Morgan D, Hamers RJ, Kuech TF. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2016 Apr 27;8(16):10572-80. doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b11878.

  • Measurement of ultrafast excitonic dynamics of few-layer mos2 using state-selective coherent multidimensional spectroscopy. Czech KJ, Thompson BJ, Kain S, Ding Q, Shearer MJ, Hamers RJ, Jin S, Wright JC. ACS Nano. 2015 Dec 22;9(12):12146-57. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05198.

  • Designing efficient solar-driven hydrogen evolution photocathodes using semitransparent moqxcly (q = s, se) catalysts on si micropyramids. Ding Q, Zhai J, Cabán-Acevedo M, Shearer MJ, Li L, Chang HC, Tsai ML, Ma D, Zhang X, Hamers RJ, He JH, Jin S. Adv Mater. 2015 Nov 4;27(41):6511-8. doi: 10.1002/adma.201501884.

View Robert Hamers' publications here.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Physics, Chemical & Biological Engineering
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-6371
Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemistry
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 3345 Chemistry Building
Address Line 2 1101 University Avenue
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., UW–Madison, 1976
Master's Degree M.S., Cornell University, Chemistry, 1982
PhD Ph.D., Cornell University, Chemistry, 1986
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Robust Substrates Expand the Utility of Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging for Analysis of Biomolecular Interactions

Improved Electrochemical Double-Layer Capacitor Using Organosilicon Electrolytes

Optimized Lithium Anode/Carbon Monofluoride Batteries Operable at High Temperatures

Modified Carbon, Silicon & Germanium Surfaces for Biomolecular Arrays

Label-Free, Radio-Frequency Detection of DNA Hybridization at Microelectrodes

Device That Uses Dielectrophoresis to Transport and Position Individual Particles/Cells for Analysis

Using UV Light to Functionalize Metal Oxides for Use in Biosensors, Solar Cells and Other Devices

Metal-Coated Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers

Improved Photocatalyst for Reducing Small Molecules