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Charles Black

Group Leader | Materials Synthesis and Characterization


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

CFN Research Activities

My research interests include incorporating nanostructured materials and self-assembly approaches into thin-film photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical devices. 


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

Professional Appointments

  • 2006-: 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

D. E. Johnston, K. G. Yager, C. –Y. Nam, B. M. Ocko, and C. T. Black, One-Volt Operation of High-Current Vertical Channel Polymer Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors, Nano Letters 12, 4181 (2012).

J. E. Allen and C. T. Black, Improved Power Conversion Efficiency in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells with Radial Electron Contacts, ACS Nano 5, 7986 (2011)..

H. Hlaing, X. Lu, T. Hoffmann, K. G. Yager, C. T. Black, and B. M. Ocko, Nanoimprint-Induced Molecular Orientation in Semiconducting Polymer Nanostructures, ACS Nano 5, 7532 (2011).

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).

C. T. Black, C. B. Murray, R. L. Sandstrom, and S. Sun, Spin-Dependent Tunneling in Self-Assembled Cobalt-Nanocrystal Superlattices, Science, 290, 1131 (2000).

C. T. Black, D. C. Ralph, and M. Tinkham, Spectroscopy of the Superconducting Energy Gap in Individual Nanometer-Scale Aluminum Particles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 688 (1996).