Research into nanoscale materials has extended into many aspects of modern human civilization, including electronic devices, energy conversion, biomedical devices, and structural materials. However, while there has been a dramatic increase in the discovery of novel materials and physical phenomena in nanoscale components, the complexity of nanoscale systems is still in it’s infancy compared to macroscopic manufacturing successes such as aerospace vehicles and biomedical robotics. To achieve this level of complexity in the design and manufacturing of complex integrated systems at the nanoscale will require new tools and technologies capable of achieving deterministic control of feature size, position, and orientation in heterogeneous assemblies.
Our research focuses on the development of novel nanomanufacturing processes for the synthesis, assembly, and characterization of complex multi-component systems. We gain inspiration from natural integrated nanosystems observed in biology, as well as engineering design and manufacturing principles. Our vision is for the 21st century engineer to be able to design and model technologies with the complexity and control afforded by macroscopic manufacturing processes, using the nanoscale building blocks provided by chemistry and materials science. We focus on the precise modification and control of surfaces and interfaces, which are critical components in the assembly and functionality of integrated systems at the nanoscale. Drawing on a background in mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering, our research team maintains an interdisciplinary perspective on science and engineering, and explores the application of these systems into a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on energy and environmental sustainability.
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