Welcome to the home page of the Paul Braun Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our group members perform research in the fields of materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, organic and inorganic self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics.

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Braun Group in the NewsRecent Publications
Braun group research from January 2008 is featured on the celebratory cover for the tenth anniversary of the launch of Nature Photonics.
January 2017 Cover

News-Gazette Article
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UI News Bureau: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3D gradient refractive index micro-optics

J. Liu, Q. Zheng, M.D. Goodman, H. Zhu, J. Kim, N.A. Krueger, H. Ning, X. Huang, J. Liu, M. Terrones and P.V. Braun, Graphene Sandwiched Mesostructured Li-Ion Battery Electrodes, Advanced Materials, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201600829

10 years in images
Nature Nanotechnology
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Nat. Nanotech. 6, 277–281 (2011)
Bicontinuous electrodes
Nickel inverse opal forms one of the two phases of a battery cathode. Together with an electrochemically active phase, this electrode architecture allows for a rapid ion and electron exchange and transport for fast recharging batteries.
J. Liu, J. Wang, J. Kim, H. Ning, Z. Pan, S. Kelly, E. Epstein, X.-J. Huang, J. Liu and P.V. Braun, High Full-Electrode Basis Capacity Template-Free Three-Dimensional Nanocomposite Secondary Battery Anodes, Small, 11, 6265-6271 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201502538
Prof. Paul Braun chosen to lead the University of Illinois Materials Research Lab

Eric Epstein, graduate student in the Braun research group, has been awarded a 2016 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship.

Kali Miller, graduate student in the Braun research group, has been awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.
J. Kim, L.K. Aagesen, J.H. Choi, J. Choi, H.S. Kim, J. Liu, C.-R. Cho, J.G. Kang, A. Ramazani, K. Thornton and P.V. Braun, Template-Directed Directionally Solidified Three-Dimensionally Mesostructured AgCl-KCl Eutectic Photonic Crystals, Advanced Materials, 27, 4551-4559 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201502265
Template‐Directed Directionally Solidified 3D Mesostruct