The NanoES research community consists of faculty from across the College of Engineering with a common interest in nanosystems.
The following faculty members have dedicated lab or office space in the NanoES building:
The Baneyx Lab develops innovative sensors and sensing strategies, and builds proteins capable of controlling the nucleation, growth, crystallography, assembly and reconfiguration of hybrid organic-inorganic-synthetic materials at the nanoscale. Baneyx is the Director of CSSAS, a new center whose mission is to harness the complex functionality of hierarchical materials by mastering the design of high-information-content building blocks that predictively self-assemble into responsive, reconfigurable, self-healing materials, and direct the formation and organization of inorganic components.
The Böhringer Lab develops microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices which are micro- or nanofabricated much like integrated circuits (computer chips), but are designed to move or perform mechanical functions. Projects include walking micro-robots, implantable ocular pressure sensors, and self-cleaning solar panels.
The Cobden Research Group studies the physics governing nanoscale systems, in particular nanowires, nanotubes and two-dimensional (2D) materials like graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides. and fabricates nanoscale systems like nanowires, nanotubes, and 2-dimensional materials. The nano-objects grown in the lab are subsequently built into various kinds of devices using micro- or nano-fabrication techniques. Applications of this work include sensing, energy storage, and information processing.
Jim De Yoreo
De Yoreo's research spans a wide range of materials-related disciplines, focusing most recently on in situ AFM and TEM investigations of interactions, assembly, and crystallization in biomolecular and biomineral systems. De Yoreo is the co-Director of NW IMPACT (Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology) a new collaboration between UW and PNNL to advance next-generation materials in energy, security, manufacturing, transportation, biomedical and information technologies.
Gamble's research is geared toward the development of techniques for improved analysis of the biomolecule-surface interfaces and multimodal imaging of biologically relevant samples. She also serves as the director of the MAF, a fully-staffed instrumentation facility with microscopy, spectroscopy, and surface science capabilities. The MAF is part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure.
The Klavins Lab develops synthetic living systems, re-engineered organisms, and engineered parts for existing organisms with an emphasis on designing gene circuits and cell-cell communication systems to enable novel multicellular behaviors in bacteria or yeast.
The Malakooti Lab is developing new methodologies to synthesize and manufacture stable, mechanically robust, and functional nanomaterials that can be integrated into durable macrostructures in ways that harness their unique nanoscale properties. This research has many applications including the development of new multifunctional composites, integrated nanoscale devices, electronic skin (or "electronic tattoo"), and stretchable biosensors.
The Meza Lab investigates the mechanics of architected materials at micro- and nanometer length scales. Meza uses a range of micro- and nanofabrication techniques to create new classes of nanoarchitected materials with unprecedented mechanical properties.
The Novosselov Research Group conducts multidisciplinary research in areas of aerosol science, combustion and fluid dynamics. The group develops novel technologies related to particulates sampling and analysis and combustion pollution control.
The Veesler Lab investigates the structure and function of macromolecular complexes involved in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases to provide avenues for creating vaccines and therapeutics. They use cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry complemented by various biochemical and biophysical techniques to obtain multi-scale data ranging from atom to whole-cell.
The Yankowitz Lab is an experimental condensed matter physics laboratory specializing in the investigation and control of novel electronic states in quantum materials, with a focus on atomically-thin van der Waals materials and heterostructures. The research group probes the nature of topology, correlations, magnetism, and symmetry in these materials. They characterize devices at low temperatures and in high magnetic fields with a combination of electrical transport measurements and scanning probe microscopy.
The Zhang lab research interests include: nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and therapy, biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, 3D natural polymer-based matrices for cancer research and drug discovery, and biosensors for chemical and biological agent detection and drug screening.
The following NanoES faculty members can be found across campus:
M.P (Anant) Anantram
The Anantram Research Group combines the power of theoretical tools and computer modeling to study the physics of nanostructures made up of semiconducting and biological materials. Examples of projects from the Anantrum lab include DNA-based nanodevices and nano-engineered memory storage.
Professor Ceze and his research group work at the intersection of computer architecture, programming languages, machine learning, and biology. The Ceze lab is focused on improving the efficiency of devices by developing better memory storage, battery efficiency, and software reliability.
The Dunham Lab is focused on obtaining basic understanding of nanofabrication processes and device operation, applying that knowledge to produce better models, simulators and devices. Research within the lab includes model development for process simulation, application of a wide range of simulation and modeling tools for device design and optimization, and experimental studies of device fabrication.
Professor Kai-Mei Fu and her research group study quantum defects in crystals for nanoscale optical and electronic devices. The Fu lab engineers and controls crystal defects to enable new technologies, including quantum entanglement for long-distance communication and nanoscale magnetism for biophysical imaging.
Professor Fuller and his research group focus on robotics that are inspired by the mechanics and sensorimotor systems of insects. The Fuller lab’s goal is to develop insect-sized robots that are capable of sensing and performing in the world without a human operator.
The Li Research Group focuses on integrated photonic devices, optoelectronic materials, and quantum phenomena. They study the fundamental coupling and interaction between photons, electrons, spins and phonons and fabricate nanodevices and structures using a variety of materials. They are developing novel devices for microwave, optical and quantum communication and computation, and building tools for chemical and biomedical sensing, medical diagnostics and neuroscience.
The Masiello Research Group is building a theoretical understanding of nanoscale optical, magnetic, electronic, and thermal phenomena mediated by surface plasmons. Of particular interest is the fundamental science of light manipulation, especially in nanomaterials capable of directing light towards desired pathways, such as optical-frequency magnetism, spatially-directed thermal patterning, room-temperature quantum information processing, and enhanced solar-energy conversion.
The Ratner Lab focuses on the development of synthetic and biophysical tools to analyze glycan-dependent interactions at the surface of cells, tissues, and biomaterials. Leveraging molecular engineering, carbohydrate chemistry, advanced surface modification and analysis, and label-free biosensing technologies, Ratner aims to unravel the roles played by carbohydrates and glycoconjugates in biological systems and apply this knowledge to engineer new molecular diagnostics and therapeutics.