Labs and Groups
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Hybrid Nanomaterials Lab
Sahu Group — Our research investigates the transport phenomena in new and novel classes of nanostructured hybrid materials that have promise for optoelectronic and thermoelectric energy conversion. Our group has expertise in colloidal synthesis, advanced characterization, and device implementation of such materials.
Montclare Lab for Protein Engineering and Design
We focus on engineering macromolecules. We aim to predictably design or engineer artificial therapeutics, biocatalysts, scaffolds and cells.
Multifunctional Material Systems Laboratory
Our research lies at the interface of multifunctional material development and electrochemical engineering. Electrochemical devices are ubiquitous to a broad range of energy conversion technologies and chemical processes.
Home to world-class micro- and nanofabrication and metrology tools, which meet or exceed the demands of academic and industry users alike. With over ~ 2000 sq. ft. of Class 1000 space, the Cleanroom is appropriately equipped to meet the present and future demands for device fabrication.
Riedo Group — Understanding and manipulating solids and liquids at the nanoscale is a matter of continuously growing scientific and technological interest. Complex nanoscale interfaces and materials with reduced dimensionality not only present beautiful and sometimes unexpected new science but they are also relevant for applications in micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems, photonics, micro/nano-fluidics, biology, and nanoelectronics. Our mission is to develop novel scanning probe microscopy-based methods for fabricating the next generation of electronic and biomedical devices, as well as for ground breaking studies of the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of novel nanomaterials, including 2D materials and bio-interfaces. Our lab is highly diverse and interdisciplinary with people and collaborations in chemical engineering, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.
Polymer Light Scattering and Light-Induced Crystallization Lab
Garetz Group — We investigate the ways that laser light can passively and actively interact with materials. We use depolarized light scattering to passively characterize the micron-scale grain structure of block copolymer materials, which influences their viscoelastic, adhesive, optical and electrical properties. We use lasers to actively induce the nucleation of supersaturated solutions, providing novel ways of controlling crystal size, morphology and polymorphism.
Soft Materials for Biomedicine Lab
Pinkerton Group — Focuses on developing responsive soft materials for biomedical applications. The group uses tools from chemical and materials engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and biology to create functional soft materials via scalable synthetic processes and to understand the material behavior in biological systems.