Theory and simulation, including particle-based and density functional theory methods, applied to a wide variety of nanoscale systems and interfaces. The study areas range from frictional phenomena at the nanoscale to the design of solid-state-biomolecular hybrid devices for molecular sensing and energy applications.
A. Smolyanitsky, B. I. Yakobson, T. A. Wassenaar, E. Paulechka, K. Kroenlein, A MoS2-Based Capacitive Displacement Sensor for DNA Sequencing. ACS Nano 2016, doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b05274.
E. Paulechka, T. A. Wassenaar, K. Kroenlein, A. Kazakov, and A. Smolyanitsky, Nucleobase-functionalized graphene nanoribbons for accurate high-speed DNA sequencing. Nanoscale 2016, 8 (4), 1861-1867.
A. Smolyanitsky, Effects of thermal rippling on the frictional properties of free-standing graphene. RSC Advances 2015, 5 (37), 29179-29184.
Z. Deng, A. Smolyanitsky, Q. Li, X.-Q. Feng, R. J. Cannara, Adhesion-dependent negative friction coefficient on chemically modified graphite at the nanoscale. Nature Materials 2012, 11 (12), 1032-1037.
A. Smolyanitsky, J. P. Killgore, V. K. Tewary, Effect of elastic deformation on frictional properties of few-layer graphene. Phys. Rev. B 2012, 85 (3), 035412.
A. Smolyanitsky, J. P. Killgore, Anomalous friction in suspended graphene. Phys. Rev. B 2012, 86 (12).