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Charles Black

Director, Center for Functional Nanomaterials | Administration


  • Nanofabrication
  • Thin-Film Electronic Devices
  • Self Assembly
  • Block Copolymers

CFN Research Activities

Nanostructures and self assembly approaches for understanding and improving energy materials 


  • B.S.: 1991, Physics, Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
  • A. M.:  1993, Physics, Harvard University
  • Ph.D.:  1996, Physics, Harvard University

Professional Appointments

  • 2015 - present: Senior Scientist and Group Leader, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 2006-2015: Scientist and Group Leader, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 1999-2006: Research Staff Member: Physical Sciences Department, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • 1996-1999: Research Staff Member: Silicon Technology Department, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

A. Rahman, A. Ashraf, H. Xin, X. Tong, P. Sutter, M. D. Eisaman, and C. T. Black, Sub-50-nm Self-Assembled Nanotextures for Enhanced Broadband Antireflection in Silicon Solar Cells, Nature Communications 6, 5963 (2015).

K. G. Yager, E. Lai, and C. T. Black, Self-Assembled Phases of Block Copolymer Blend Thin Films, ACS Nano 8, 10582 (2014).

A. Checco, A. Rahman, and C. T. Black, Robust Superhydrophobicity in Large-Area Nanostructured Surfaces Defined by Block-Copolymer Self Assembly, Advanced Materials 26, 886 (2014).

D. E. Johnston, K. G. Yager, H. Hlaing, X. Lu, B. M. Ocko, and C. T. Black, Nanostructured Surfaces Frustrate Polymer Semiconductor Molecular Orientation, ACS Nano 8, 243 (2014).

C. T. Black, R. Ruiz, G. Breyta, J. Y, Cheng, M. C. Colburn, K. W. Guarini, and Y. Zhang, Polymer Self Assembly in Semiconductor Microelectronics, IBM Journal of Research and Development, 51, 605 (2007).