Birck Nanotechnology Center

Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanomanufacturing

About the research

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Principal Investigators

Choi

Radiation Surface Science, Directed Radiation Synthesis, Plasma-surface interactions in fusion systems, Radiation interactions with soft matter, Ion scattering spectroscopy, Biocompatible magnetic nanostructures

Jean Paul Allain

Radiation Surface Science, Directed Radiation Synthesis, Plasma-surface interactions in fusion systems, Radiation interactions with soft matter, Ion scattering spectroscopy, Biocompatible magnetic nanostructures

Appenzeller

Device and transport physics of low-dimensional systems, experimental verification of novel device concept for improved transistor performance, exploration of nano-materials and nano-interfaces for future nanoelectronics applications

Joerg Appenzeller

Device and transport physics of low-dimensional systems, experimental verification of novel device concept for improved transistor performance, exploration of nano-materials and nano-interfaces for future nanoelectronics applications

boltasseva

Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Optical Metamaterials; Nanofabrication, Nanolithography; Integrated optics and planar waveguide technology; Subwavelength Imaging, Sensing

Alexandra Boltasseva

Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Optical Metamaterials; Nanofabrication, Nanolithography; Integrated optics and planar waveguide technology; Subwavelength Imaging, Sensing

Capano

Wide band gap semiconductors, semiconductor fabrication processes, chemical vapor deposition, defects in semiconductors, high-resolution x-ray diffraction, graphene, ion implantation, structural characterization

Michael A. Capano

Wide band gap semiconductors, semiconductor fabrication processes, chemical vapor deposition, defects in semiconductors, high-resolution x-ray diffraction, graphene, ion implantation, structural characterization

Chappell

High-frequency microwave circuits, analog filters, antennae, novel packaging techniques, composite and periodic electromagnetic materials, development of low-loss microwave materials, free form fabrication and rapid prototyping of ceramics and polymers

William J. Chappell

High-frequency microwave circuits, analog filters, antennae, novel packaging techniques, composite and periodic electromagnetic materials, development of low-loss microwave materials, free form fabrication and rapid prototyping of ceramics and polymers

Chen

Low dimensional and nanoscale physics, graphene, nano devices for radiation detection and fluid sensors, quantum physics and quantum information with cold atoms and molecules

Yong P. Chen

Low dimensional and nanoscale physics, graphene, nano devices for radiation detection and fluid sensors, quantum physics and quantum information with cold atoms and molecules

Chen

Exploration of physical properties of nano-materials; Control and manipulation of material properties to meet the needs of nano-electronic applications; Designing and fabricating novel nano-devices and circuits for various application fields.

Zhihong Chen

Exploration of physical properties of nano-materials; Control and manipulation of material properties to meet the needs of nano-electronic applications; Designing and fabricating novel nano-devices and circuits for various application fields.

Choi

Optical spectroscopy of nanomaterials, Diagnostics and therapeutics, Nanoscale energy conversion, Bio-inspired nanomotors

Jong Hyun Choi

Optical spectroscopy of nanomaterials, Diagnostics and therapeutics, Nanoscale energy conversion, Bio-inspired nanomotors

Clark

My research concerns the design, modeling, simulation, and verification of complex engineered systems. The overarching goal is to develop the next generation of system-level computer-aided engineering and metrology tools to foster and accelerate advancement in tiny technologies for solving societal-scale problems. Application areas include robotics, health, safety, ecology, transportation, communication, and commerce.

Jason Vaughn Clark

My research concerns the design, modeling, simulation, and verification of complex engineered systems. The overarching goal is to develop the next generation of system-level computer-aided engineering and metrology tools to foster and accelerate advancement in tiny technologies for solving societal-scale problems. Application areas include robotics, health, safety, ecology, transportation, communication, and commerce.

Cooper

Wide bandgap semiconductor devices, power switching devices, MOS device physics, graphene nanoelectronics

James A. Cooper

Wide bandgap semiconductor devices, power switching devices, MOS device physics, graphene nanoelectronics

Fisher

We work on a broad range of problems, primarily involving the transport and conversion of energy carried by electrons, phonons, and photons. We seek to solve problems with high importance to applications in clean energy (e.g., direct energy conversion, hydrogen storage) and in major industrial segments (e.g., micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).

Tim Fisher

We work on a broad range of problems, primarily involving the transport and conversion of energy carried by electrons, phonons, and photons. We seek to solve problems with high importance to applications in clean energy (e.g., direct energy conversion, hydrogen storage) and in major industrial segments (e.g., micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).

Garcia

My research centers on material applications for energy storage and conversion devices, actuators, and sensors. Current applications include next generation rechargeable batteries, fuel cell technologies, phosphor-free LEDs, and ferroelectric materials.

R. Edwin Garcia

TMy research centers on material applications for energy storage and conversion devices, actuators, and sensors. Current applications include next generation rechargeable batteries, fuel cell technologies, phosphor-free LEDs, and ferroelectric materials.

Garimella

Thermal microsystems, energy efficiency in computing and electronics, micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, electromechanical microfluidic actuation, high-performance compact cooling technologies, and materials processing

Suresh V. Garimella

Thermal microsystems, energy efficiency in computing and electronics, micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, electromechanical microfluidic actuation, high-performance compact cooling technologies, and materials processing

Joseph

We develop nanotools and single molecule methods to understand intracellular biological mechanisms and interactions in realtime in single living cells using single molecule fluorescence methods, plasmonic sensing, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. We achieve this by integrating optics and instrumentation, nanomaterials with multifunctional properties, and single molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.

Joseph Irudayaraj

We develop nanotools and single molecule methods to understand intracellular biological mechanisms and interactions in realtime in single living cells using single molecule fluorescence methods, plasmonic sensing, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. We achieve this by integrating optics and instrumentation, nanomaterials with multifunctional properties, and single molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.

datta

Biomimetic surfaces, Scanning probe imaging and patterning, Biosensors and biomaterials

Albena Ivanisevic

Biomimetic surfaces, Scanning probe imaging and patterning, Biosensors and biomaterials

Janes

Nanoscale electronic devices, molecular/semiconductor devices, microwave devices and characterization

David B. Janes

Nanoscale electronic devices, molecular/semiconductor devices, microwave devices and characterization

Malis

Semiconductor physics; intersubband transitions for infrared emission and detection; quantum cascade lasers; molecular-beam epitaxy of novel nanostructures; synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction; structural transformations in metallic nanoparticles

Oana Malis

Semiconductor physics; intersubband transitions for infrared emission and detection; quantum cascade lasers; molecular-beam epitaxy of novel nanostructures; synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction; structural transformations in metallic nanoparticles

Mao

(1) Self-assembly of DNA nanostructures;
(2) Apply such nanostructures to address biomedical problems;
(3) Using such nanostructures for nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing

Chengde Mao

(1) Self-assembly of DNA nanostructures;
(2) Apply such nanostructures to address biomedical problems;
(3) Using such nanostructures for nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing

Mohammadi

Nanoscale electronic devices including devices based on carbon nanotubes and nanowires, nanoelectromechanical devices, RF devices, device characterization and modeling, RF and microwave circuits, low-power electronics, 3D integration, optoelectronics, Nanofluidic and vacuum electronic.

Saeed Mohammadi

Nanoscale electronic devices including devices based on carbon nanotubes and nanowires, nanoelectromechanical devices, RF devices, device characterization and modeling, RF and microwave circuits, low-power electronics, 3D integration, optoelectronics, Nanofluidic and vacuum electronic.

Moon

Processing-Structure-Property Relationships
Effects of hierarchical structure on properties
Fracture and Wear of Materials
Indentation Techniques for Materials Characterization
Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Processing, Characterization, and Modeling
Cellulose Nanocrystal Environmental Impact

Robert J. Moon

Processing-Structure-Property Relationships
Effects of hierarchical structure on properties
Fracture and Wear of Materials
Indentation Techniques for Materials Characterization
Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Processing, Characterization, and Modeling
Cellulose Nanocrystal Environmental Impact

Peroulis

Microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits and antennas; RF MEMS (switches, varactors, inductors); novel architectures for multifunctional RF front-ends including tunable filters, antennas, matching networks and power amplifiers; high frequency 3D interconnects; nano-electro-mechanical resonators, RF/Bio sensors

Dimitrios Peroulis

Microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits and antennas; RF MEMS (switches, varactors, inductors); novel architectures for multifunctional RF front-ends including tunable filters, antennas, matching networks and power amplifiers; high frequency 3D interconnects; nano-electro-mechanical resonators, RF/Bio sensors

Raman

Nonlinear and stochastic dynamics of micro and nano-oscillators, nanotube/nanowire vibrations, development of new imaging and force spectroscopy modes in dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy, dynamic AFM in liquids, nanobiomechanics, physics of adhesion and stiction at the micro and nanoscale, chem/bio sensing using micro and nanocantilevers, mechanics and reliability of RF MEMS, gas damping in MEMS/NEMS, reduced order modeling of MEMS/NEMS

Arvind Raman

Nonlinear and stochastic dynamics of micro and nano-oscillators, nanotube/nanowire vibrations, development of new imaging and force spectroscopy modes in dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy, dynamic AFM in liquids, nanobiomechanics, physics of adhesion and stiction at the micro and nanoscale, chem/bio sensing using micro and nanocantilevers, mechanics and reliability of RF MEMS, gas damping in MEMS/NEMS, reduced order modeling of MEMS/NEMS

Reifenberger

Research insterests include Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); nanometer-size clusters and cluster-assembled materials; electronic transport properties in nanowires; field emission; molecular electronics; nanoelectronics; and novel chem-bio sensing paradigms

Ron Reifenberger

Research insterests include Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); nanometer-size clusters and cluster-assembled materials; electronic transport properties in nanowires; field emission; molecular electronics; nanoelectronics; and novel chem-bio sensing paradigms

rokhinson

Nanophysics, nanotechnology, fabrication techniques, mesoscopic and low dimensional physics, physics at low temperatures and high magnetic fields, spintronics, ferromagnetism and multiferroics, graphene materials, quantum computing and information

Leonid Rokhinson

Nanophysics, nanotechnology, fabrication techniques, mesoscopic and low dimensional physics, physics at low temperatures and high magnetic fields, spintronics, ferromagnetism and multiferroics, graphene materials, quantum computing and information

Ruan

Quantum dot solar cell materials, thermal radiation in photonic crystals, nano-thermoelectrics

Xiulin Ruan

Quantum dot solar cell materials, thermal radiation in photonic crystals, nano-thermoelectrics

Sands

Energy conversion materials and devices; nanostructured materials and nanofabrication; GaN heterostructures and light-emitting devices; solid-state lighting; nanostructured thermoelectric materials; solid-state power generators and cooling devices; chemical and physical vapor deposition; electrochemical synthsis of nanostructured materials; pulsed laser deposition; heterogeneous integration; contacts

Timothy D. Sands

Energy conversion materials and devices; nanostructured materials and nanofabrication; GaN heterostructures and light-emitting devices; solid-state lighting; nanostructured thermoelectric materials; solid-state power generators and cooling devices; chemical and physical vapor deposition; electrochemical synthsis of nanostructured materials; pulsed laser deposition; heterogeneous integration; contacts

Stanciu

Our Research is highly interdisciplinary and lays in the area of chemical synthesis of biologically inspired materials, biosensor, and biocatalyst platforms development, election microscopy of biomolecules, solid oxide fuel cells and high temperature ceramic processing.

Lia A. Stanciu

Our Research is highly interdisciplinary and lays in the area of chemical synthesis of biologically inspired materials, biosensor, and biocatalyst platforms development, election microscopy of biomolecules, solid oxide fuel cells and high temperature ceramic processing.

Reifenberger

Development of transiently-stable carrier systems for drug & gene delivery; supported membrane protein sensors for drug discovery; nanogel synthesis; 2D protein crystallization

David H. Thompson

Development of transiently-stable carrier systems for drug & gene delivery; supported membrane protein sensors for drug discovery; nanogel synthesis; 2D protein crystallization

Wei

Multifunctional nanomaterials for biological and functional imaging; nanomagnetics and surface magnetism; optical sensors for pathogen detection; stimuli-responsive soft materials for environmental and tissue engineering; self-assembly and collective material properties of nanoscale ensembles

Alexander Wei

Multifunctional nanomaterials for biological and functional imaging; nanomagnetics and surface magnetism; optical sensors for pathogen detection; stimuli-responsive soft materials for environmental and tissue engineering; self-assembly and collective material properties of nanoscale ensembles

Xu

Prof. Xu's group develops advanced ultrafast optical and nanoscale optical technologies and apply them in (1) energy transfer study and (2) development of advanced manufacturing methods.

Xianfan Xu

Prof. Xu's group develops advanced ultrafast optical and nanoscale optical technologies and apply them in (1) energy transfer study and (2) development of advanced manufacturing methods.

Yang

Our research interest centers broadly on functional nanosystems with an emphasis on semiconductor nanowires. The research programs are currently focused on four major areas: (1) Controlled synthesis of nanowires and nanowire heterostructures; (2) Discovery of novel properties of nanostructures synthesized, with an emphasis on structural, electrical and optical properties; (3) Designing and developing unconventional devices based on nanomaterials for nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and energy applications; (4) Interfacing nanomaterials with biological systems to probe and/or regulate biological activities.

Chen Yang

Our research interest centers broadly on functional nanosystems with an emphasis on semiconductor nanowires. The research programs are currently focused on four major areas: (1) Controlled synthesis of nanowires and nanowire heterostructures; (2) Discovery of novel properties of nanostructures synthesized, with an emphasis on structural, electrical and optical properties; (3) Designing and developing unconventional devices based on nanomaterials for nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and energy applications; (4) Interfacing nanomaterials with biological systems to probe and/or regulate biological activities.

Xu

Semiconductor physics and devices, Nano-structures and nano-fabrications, Quantum/spin-transport, Atomic layer deposition (ALD), High-k/III-V device integration, High-performance III-V MOSFETs, III-V FinFETs, High-k/graphene integration, High-performance graphene FETs, Graphene spintronics, ALD for solar applications

Piede Ye

Semiconductor physics and devices, Nano-structures and nano-fabrications, Quantum/spin-transport, Atomic layer deposition (ALD), High-k/III-V device integration, High-performance III-V MOSFETs, III-V FinFETs, High-k/graphene integration, High-performance graphene FETs, Graphene spintronics, ALD for solar applications

Schwartz

Biomedical micro and nanosystems, bioMEMS, implantable wireless microsystems, micro and nanofabrication technology, biomimetics, soft condensed matter, analog circuit design for biomedical applications .

Babak Ziaie

Biomedical micro and nanosystems, bioMEMS, implantable wireless microsystems, micro and nanofabrication technology, biomimetics, soft condensed matter, analog circuit design for biomedical applications.

 

BNC/NCN affiliated publications

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Cho, J., Gao, L., Tian, J.F., Cao, H.L., Wu, W., Yu, Q.K., Yitamben, E.N., Fisher, B., Guest, J.R., Chen, Y.P. and Guisinger, N.P. Atomic-Scale Investigation of Graphene Grown on Cu Foil and the Effects of Thermal Annealing. ACS Nano, 5(5), 3607-3613.

El-Atwani, O., Ortoleva, S., Cimaroli, A. and Allain, J.P. Formation of silicon nanodots via ion beam sputtering of ultrathin gold thin film coatings on Si. Nanoscale Research Letters, 6.

El-Atwani, O., Quach, D.V., Efe, M., Cantwell, P.R., Heim, B., Schultz, B., Stach, E.A., Groza, J.R. and Allain, J.P. Multimodal grain size distribution and high hardness in fine grained tungsten fabricated by spark plasma sintering. Materials Science and Engineering a-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, 528(18), 5670-5677.

Heim, B., Taylor, C.N., Zigon, D.M., O'Dell, S. and Allain, J.P. Deuterium ion-surface interactions of liquid-lithium thin films on micro-porous molybdenum substrates. Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 269(11), 1262-1265.

Kurra, N., Prakash, G., Basavaraja, S., Fisher, T.S., Kulkarni, G.U. and Reifenberger, R.G. Charge storage in mesoscopic graphitic islands fabricated using AFM bias lithography. Nanotechnology, 22(24).

Moon, R.J., Martini, A., Nairn, J., Simonsen, J. and Youngblood, J. Cellulose nanomaterials review: structure, properties and nanocomposites. Chemical Society Reviews, 40(7), 3941-3994.

Postek, M.T., Vladar, A., Dagata, J., Farkas, N., Ming, B., Wagner, R., Raman, A., Moon, R.J., Sabo, R., Wegner, T.H. and Beecher, J. Development of the metrology and imaging of cellulose nanocrystals. Measurement Science & Technology, 22(2).

Rout, C.S.R.C.S., Kumar, A., Kumar, N., Sundaresan, A. and Fisher, T.S. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in graphitic petal arrays. Nanoscale, 3(3), 900-903.

Taylor, C.N., Heim, B. and Allain, J.P. Chemical response of lithiated graphite with deuterium irradiation. Journal of Applied Physics, 109(5).

Wang, M.X., Xu, F., Liu, Q., Sun, H.F., Cheng, R.H., He, H., Stach, E.A. and Xie, J.A. Enhancing the catalytic performance of Pt/C catalysts using steam-etched carbon blacks as a catalyst support. Carbon, 49(1), 256-265.

 

BNC-affiliated grants and contracts

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Chen, Yong P., from Defense Threat Reduction Agency, $100,000, "Interaction of Radiation with Graphene-based Nanomaterials."

Youngblood, Jeffrey P., from Forest Service, U.S., $93,276, "Examination of the potentials for using wood flakes from logging slash."

Xu, Xianfan, from National Science Foundation, $38,366, "NIRT/GOALI: Development of a Multiscale Hierarchical Nanomanufacturing Tool."

Cooper, James A., from Forest Service, U.S., $52,250, "Research on Nanotechnology related to wood and wood-based materials."

Martini, Ashlie M., from Forest Service, U.S., $17,500, "Molecular Dynamic Modeling of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs)."

McGlothlin, James D., from Phs-Cdc Natnl Inst Of Occup,Safety,Hlth., $25,000, "Successful Applications of Prevention through Design Principles to Eliminate Hazards and Minimize Risks to Engineered Nanomaterials."

Stach, Eric A., from Honda, $105,000, "Honda Research Collaboration."

 

BNC Research

 

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Monica M.C. Allain, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Ph: 765-494-5138
mallain@purdue.edu

 

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