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Sensors and Materials Focus

Dr. Kyeongjae Cho


Professor

Multiscale modeling, simulation, and design of nanoscale materials (nanoparticles, nanowires, and nanoscale interfaces) utilizing atomistic and quantum simulation methods. Investigations into metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, semiconductor nanowires, and high-k gate stack interface problems with applications in electronic device materials, nano-sensing materials, biotechnology, and clean energy technology. Read more.

Dr. Massimo Fischetti


Professor

Empirical study of low-field and high-field electron transport physics in semiconductor devices and nanometer scale structures utilizing band-structure calculations, semiclassical electronic transport, and quantum transport methods. Applications to thin semiconductor bodies such as Ultra-Thin Body Silicon on Insulator (UTBSOIs), FinFETs, Double-Gate FETs, hetero-channels (III-V MOSFETs and HEMTs), graphene, graphene nanoribbons, semiconductor quantum wires, and carbon nanotubes. Nanoporous solid state sensors (FET optical/electrical detectors) for medical, biological, industrial, and security applications. Read more.

Dr. Hongbing Lu


Professor

Research in the fundamental areas of mechanics such as the mechanics of time-dependent materials, dynamic behavior of materials, mechanical behavior of nanomaterials, and fracture mechanics. Investigations into ductile aerogels for hearing protection devices and helmets, biocompatible polymers for medical device applications, design and manufacture of polymers for aerospace applications, explosive energy effects in soils for improvement of vehicle and body armor, and next-generation nuclear reactor designs. Read more.

Dr. Lev Gelb


Associate Professor

Development and application of simulation methods and models for structural and thermophysical properties in materials. Applications in amorphous and porous materials (silica, aerogels, bulk metallic glasses), self-assembly and 2D lattice models, capillary phenomena with atomistic and continuum methods, and phase equilibria and thermodynamics with Monte Carlo methods. Read more.

Dr. Majid Minary


Assistant Professor

Manufacturing and fabrication of bioinspired nanomaterials, and the use of quantitative nanoscale and microscale techniques and metrology to characterize their mechanical, electrical, and functional properties. Methods lead to hybrid lightweight and strong materials such as nanocomposites inspired by natural materials such as bone and seashells (nacre). Applications in defense (body armor) and aerospace. Read more.


Sensors and Processing Focus

Dr. Catrina Coleman


Professor

Photonic integrated circuits based on III-V quantum well structures applied to GaAs and InP based materials (visible to NIR). High power and mode-locked diode lasers, including single chip integration of multiple lasers with a range of output wavelengths/pulse repetition frequency and beam steering/wavefront control. Applications in programmable photonic filters, true time delay on a chip, quantum information, and photonic processing. Read more.

Dr. James Coleman


Professor

Dr. Jeong-Bong Lee


Professor

Design, fabrication, and characterization of micro/nano scale multifunctional devices, sensors, and systems for biomedical, photonic, and RF/microwave applications. Microdevices such as implantable neural spike sensor, programmable lab-on-a-chip for diagnostics, ultra-low pressure sensor for thermosphere application, high sensitivity ultra-wide sensing range photonic crystal pressure/strain sensor, tunable photonic crystals for on-chip diagnostic system, and MEMS based RF switches and high Q on-chip inductors. Read more.

Dr. Duncan Macfarlane


Professor

Photonic devices and systems including micro-optics, ultrafast lasers, photonic integrated filters, nonlinear optics, semiconductor lasers, ellipsometry, advanced displays, photonic integrated circuitry, and optical communication and signal processing systems. Read more.

Dr. Wenchuang Hu


Associate Professor

Design, fabrication, and characterization of nanostructures and nano-devices/systems with applications in biosensing, nanomedicine, and nanoelectronics. Integration of nanoscale elements of electronics, chemistry, physics, and biology such as silicon based nanoelectronic biosensors for protein and DNA detection, nanoimprinted organic solar cells, biomaterials for nanomedicine, and nanostructures for tissue engineering. Read more.

Dr. Siavash Pourkamali


Associate Professor

Design, fabrication, integration, and packaging of micro/nanoelectromechanical devices and systems such as thermal-piezoresistive RF resonators and oscillators, integrated silicon-based MEMS/NEMS, self- aligned and tip-based nanofabrication technologies, micro/nanomechanical resonant sensors, silicon resonant nanobalances for chemical and biological sensing, nano-robotics for batch nanofabrication, and low-cost photo-electro-chemical (PEC) silicon solar technologies. Read more.

Dr. Zhenpeng Qin


Assistant Professor

Research into the fundamentals of the bio-nano interface, such as the effects of nanoparticle plasmonic heating on proteins and other biomolecules immediately surrounding the nanoparticle. Biomedical applications of self-directed nanoparticles that can accumulate in tissue areas for therapeutic and diagnostic processes with nanoscale spatiotemporal control and precision. Read more.