CNSI Faculty

Name Department Area of Research
Divykant Agrawal Computer Science Distributed systems, databases, digital libraries, scalable and fault-tolerant access to multimedia data and digital libraries.
S. James Allen Physics Terahertz dynamics in semiconductor quantum structures far from equilibrium, Bloch oscillators, novel terahertz detectors and terahertz circular dichroism and dynamics of bio-polymers.
Kevin Almeroth Computer Science, Media Arts and Technology Computer networks and protocols, large-scale multimedia systems, performance evaluation, and distributed systems.
Paul Atzberger Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Mathematical analysis and computational methods for the study of the statistical mechanics of biological and engineered systems. Application areas include molecular motor proteins, soft matter physics, polymeric fluids, lipid bilayer membranes, fluctuating hydrodynamics, osmotic phenomena, and microfluidic devices.
David Awschalom Physics Optical and magnetic interactions in semiconductor quantum structures, spin dynamics and coherence in condensed matter, nanometer-scale magnetism, and quantum information processing in the solid state.
Leon Balents Physics "Exotic" Order and Criticality, Quasi-One-Dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets, Nanowires, Spintronics and Magnetic Semiconductors, Statics and Dynamics of Glasses, Mott Transitions and Competing Orders.
Kaustav Banerjee Electrical & Computer Engineering Emerging nanoscale issues in ultra-scaled CMOS technologies and their implications for high-performance and low-power design; circuit and system applications of non-classical CMOS and beyond-CMOS nanoelectronics.
Guillermo Bazan Chemistry & Biochemistry Design of well-defined initiators for polymerization reactions, the study of photophysical processes in advanced organic photonic materials and the design of interconnects for bringing together molecular wires.
Glenn Beltz Mechanical Engineering Ceramic composite design; solid mechanics applied to materials problems, such as the remediation of crystalline defects in gallium nitride and other optoelectronic films.
Daniel Blumenthal Electrical & Computer Engineering Electronics and Photonics: fiber-optic networks, wavelength and subcarrier division multiplexing, photonic packet switching, signal processing in semiconductor optical devices, wavelength conversion, microwave photonics.
Dirk Bouwmeester Physics Quantum information processing with entangled photon states.
John Bowers Electrical & Computer Engineering Solid State: fiber optic networks, photonic integrated circuits, high speed photonic and electronic devices, femtosecond lasers and physics.
Forrest Brewer Electrical & Computer Engineering VLSI and computer system design automation.
Frank Brown Chemistry & Biochemistry Cellular functioning: membrane dynamics, cytoskeletal assembly and the kinetics of enzymatic turnover.
Steven Buratto Chemistry & Biochemistry Conjugated Oligomers, Porous Silicon, Polyelectrolyte Films, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Ag/Au Clusters on TiO2.
Alison Butler Chemistry & Biochemistry Bioinorganic chemistry and metallobiochemistry with an emphasis on the roles of metal ions in the catalytic activity of metalloenzymes.
Otger Campas Mechanical Engineering Our group takes a highly interdisciplinary and quantitative approach, combining theory and experiments, as well as physics, biology, materials science and engineering, to study the processes of morphogenesis and self-organization in living systems.
Michael Chabinyc Materials Flexible electronic devices. Organic semiconductors for thin film transistor and photovoltaics. Materials for energy storage and conversion. Characterization of polymer films.
Bradley Chmelka Chemical Engineering Molecular Sieves (Zeolites), Polymer Structure and Dynamics, Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials, and NMR Spectroscopy.
Andrew Cleland Physics Nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices, exploring their uses as novel and ultrasensitive sensors and imaging devices.
Larry Coldren Electrical & Computer Engineering Integration of various optoelectronic devices, including optical amplifiers and switches, tunable lasers, receivers, and surface-emitting lasers.
Patrick Daugherty Chemical Engineering Proteolytic enzymes: specificity & redesign, imaging probes; Antibody signatures of health and disease; Therapeutic peptide design
Steven DenBaars Materials Develop an understanding of novel materials and extend them into application.
Frank Doyle Chemical Engineering Nonlinear model-based control of complex nonlinear and distributed processes.
Glenn Fredrickson Chemical Engineering Theoretical and computational polymer science, many of these aimed at understanding self-assembling polymers and complex fluids, and especially block copolymer systems.
Deborah Fygenson Physics Biological Physics, mechanics and dynamics in macromolecular assemblies.
Michael Gordon Chemical Engineering synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials as well as the development of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) methods for optical, electrical, and mechanical interrogation of nanoscale systems in material science, microelectronics, catalysis, and biology.
Arthur Gossard Materials Quantum Structure Growth, Science and Technology; High Performance Graded Quantum Structures; Quantum Wire and Quantum Dot Growth and Devices; MBE Technology for Ultrafast, Ultra-high-density Optoelectronic Devices; Smart Optoelectronic Pixel Technology; Cryogenic Lasers for Low-Temperature Electronics; Advanced Infrared Detectors Based on Strained Layer Superlattices.
Claudia Gottstein CNSI Application of nanomedicine in cancer, targeted drug delivery, antibody engineering, tumor angiogenesis, cancer stem cells.
Elisabeth Gwinn Physics Quantum Hall effect in semiconductor multilayers, Josephson effects in quantum-well-coupled superconductors, and ferromagnetism in semiconductors.
Song-I Han Chemistry & Biochemistry Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR to study of large molecular assemblies such as vesicles or lipid bilayer embedded membrane proteins.
Craig Hawker Materials Department, Materials Research Lab Current interests include design, synthesis and exploitation of nanoscopically defined materials in applications ranging from next-generation microelectronic devices to diagnostic agents for detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Alan Heeger Physics Physics of conductive and light-emitting polymers, biosensors.
Jacob Israelachvili Chemical Engineering Intermolecular and Surface Forces in Complex Colloidal Systems and Macromolecular Materials, adhesion, friction, lubrication, biological interactions. integration in devices.
Luc Jaeger Chemistry & Biochemistry Research projects in Jaeger's lab are all related to RNA tectonics, a new LEGO game for supra-molecular chemists and biochemists. It refers to the construction of artificial RNA architectures with novel properties and takes advantage of the knowledge of folding and assembly rules governing the three-dimensional shape of complex natural RNA molecules.
Ania Bleszynski Jayich Physics Quantum mechanical effects in mesoscopic systems, electron transport in nanostructures, and nanometer-scale imaging and magnetometry.
Nancy Kawalek Film & Media Studies, Media Arts & Technology STAGE Project and Professional Artists Lab.
Ken Kosik Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Basic mechanisms and disorders of neural plasticity, the role of microRNAs in stem cell differentiation.
Edward Kramer Materials Mesoscale polymer physics involving interfacial structure and properties utilizing quantitative transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering and forward recoil spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry and neutron reflectometry.
Herbert Kroemer Electrical & Computer Engineering Bloch oscillators, superconducting-semiconducting interfaces, negative refractive index materials.
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin Music, Media Arts and Technology Multimedia Composition, 3D Immersive Physical Sound Environments, 3D Immersive Virtual Sound Environments, Auralization, Distributed Multimedia Computing Environments.
Gary Leal Chemical Engineering Fluid mechanics, complex fluids, surfactant and nanoparticle effects on interfaces, vesicle formation and stability, polymer rheology.
Everett Lipman Physics Single molecule optical methods; protein folding; resonance energy transfer; applications of microfluidic devices.
Noel MacDonald Mechanical Engineering Advanced materials and fabrication methods for micro- and nanoelectromechanical and electrofluidic systems.
John Martinis Physics Superconductivity, ultra low-temperature electronic devices, and quantum computation.
Ben Mazin Physics Photon-counting, energy-resolving cryogenic detectors and instrumentation for Astrophysics.
Eric McFarland Chemical Engineering Catalysis, Surface Science, and Reaction Engineering, Electronic and Photonic Semiconductor Materials.
Robert McMeeking Mechanical Engineering Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures: mechanics of materials, fracture, plasticity, composite materials, materials processing.
Carl Meinhart Mechanical Engineering Using microfluidic technologies, electrokinetics, and spectroscopy to develop tools for chemical detection, cellular discovery, and electronics cooling applications.
Horia Metiu Chemistry & Biochemistry Catalysis in zeolites and on metal nanoparticles supported on oxides; single-molecule quantum mechanics; electronic structure and transport in thermoelectric materials; theoretical chemical physics.
Igor Mezic Mechanical Engineering Applied mechanics, non-linear dynamics, fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, active (chaotic advection) methods in micromixing, nonlinear dynamics and control of dielectrophoretic separation of bioparticles, bioparticle control for biosensing, control of spin systems.
Umesh Mishra Electrical & Computer Engineering Develop an understanding of novel materials and extend them into applications.
Samir Mitragotri Chemical Engineering Development of novel methods of drug delivery and diagnostics.
Daniel E. Morse Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology Proteins, genes and molecular mechanisms controlling biological nanofabrication of high-performance mineral-organic composites, and innovative strategies to harness these mechanisms for new routes to nanofabrication of electronic, magnetic and optical materials.
Shuji Nakamura Materials Crystal growth, Light-emitting diodes and laser diodes.
Chetan Nayak Microsoft Station Q & Physics Correlated electron systems, quantum Hall effect, topological phases of matter, and quantum computation.
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen Chemistry & Biochemistry Photophysics and electronic properties of novel organic and metal-organic hybrid materials for applications in nanotechnology such as molecular electronics, transistors, photovoltaics, and sensors.
Michelle A. O'Malley Chemical Engineering Genetic and cellular engineering for sustainable chemical production; synthetic biology; microbial consortia; membrane protein structure/function.
Christopher Palmstrom Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Heteroepitaxial growth of novel materials and structures to form the basis for making new electronic, optoelectronic, magnetic and micromechanical devices.
Sumita Pennathur Mechanical Engineering Novel studies of chemical and biological species using fabricated nanoscale devices.
Pierre Petroff Materials Crystal growth of self-assembling nanostructures (quantum dots and quantum rods) and studies of quantum emitters properties coupled to a microcavity field. Novel quantum dot and quantum rod devices for ultra fast single photon emitters and lasers.
Linda Petzold Mechanical Engineering Modeling, simulation and analysis of multiscale systems in systems biology and materials.
Kevin Plaxco Chemistry & Biochemistry Biomolecular engineering, biosensors and bioelectronics.
Norbert Reich Chemistry & Biochemistry Enzyme function, primarily at the levels of catalytic and specificity mechanisms, with a long term goal of developing enzyme inhibitors with potential therapeutic application.
Jon Schuller Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joan Emma Shea Chemistry & Biochemistry Application of statisical and computational physics to biological systems like protein folding.
Mark Sherwin Physics Quantum information processing, Terahertz Dynamics in Semiconductor Nanostructures.
Hyongsok "Tom" Soh Mechanical Engineering High throughput cell sorting, integrated biosensors, and in vitro directed evolution of molecules.
James Speck Materials Relationship between thin film electronic materials growth, microstructure, and the relation between microstructure and physical properties.
Todd Squires Chemical Engineering Micro-scale fluid mechanics and transport science - microfluidics, electrokinetics, and ion transport; active, nonlinear and interfacial microrheology of complex materials; polymer and nanoparticle dynamics and sensing.
Susanne Stemmer Materials Development of new high-permittivity oxide thin films for frequency agile microwave devices, fundamental studies on ferroelectric thin films, understanding interface stability in alternative gate dielectrics for silicon CMOS, and application of novel scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques to problems in materials science.
Dmitri Strukov Electrical & Computer Engineering Physical implementation of computation, including device physics, circuit design, and high-level architecture, with emphasis on emerging device technologies. In particular, the main focus is on the "CMOL" (standing for Cmos + MOLecular-scale devices) variety of hybrid nanoelectronic circuits.
Galen Stucky Chemistry & Biochemistry organic/inorganic interface chemistry including the molecular assembly of material systems with integrated nanoscale to macroscale functionalities.
Luke Theogarajan Electrical & Computer Engineering Low-Power Analog VLSI, Biomimetic Nanosystems, Neural Prostheses, Biosensors, Block Copolymer Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Microfabrication.
James Thomson Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering Understanding how human embryonic stem (ES) cells can form any cell in the body (pluripotency); how an ES cell chooses between self-renewal and the initial decision to differentiate; and how a differentiated cell with limited developmental potential can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent cell.
Matthew Turk Computer Science, Media Arts and Technology Computer vision and imaging, multimodal human-computer interaction, 3D body tracking, gesture recognition, visualization and immersive environments.
Kimberly Turner Mechanical Engineering Understanding the non-linear and parametric dynamics of MEMS devices and in utilizing the unique properties of such dynamics in small scale to implement novel designs for various applications like switches, sensors and filters.
Megan T. Valentine Mechanical Engineering Nanoscale manipulation and measurement techniques to probe diverse biological materials on length scales from that of single proteins (a few nanometers) to that of entire cells (~ 100 microns or more).
Chris Van de Walle Materials Department First-principles calculations, optoelectronic materials, semiconductors and oxides, hydrogen generation and storage, metal/semiconductor nanocomposites.
David Weld Physics Quantum simulation with ultracold neutral atoms in optical lattices, Bose-Einstein condensation, and experiments at the intersection of condensed matter and atomic physics.
Rich Wolski Computer Science High-performance distributed computing, computational grids, and computational economies for resource allocation and scheduling.
Fred Wudl Chemistry & Biochemistry Currently interested in optical and electro-optical properties of conjugated polymers, organic chemistry of fullerenes, and design and preparation of self-mending polymers.
Robert York Electrical & Computer Engineering Application of emerging electronic materials for high frequency RF/microwave devices, circuits and systems.