Concept art showing the dynamics of water at the interface of a membrane. Credit: Peter Allen, UCSB
Credit: Peter Allen, UCSB

Overview

CNSI researchers at UCSB and UCLA are leading efforts to create technologies and processes to enable a sustainable future. Nanoscience innovation is critically important to the development of new materials for energy storage and transduction, energy efficient lighting, and water filtration. Through the NSF BioPACIFIC MIP, CNSI researchers are driving the development of bio-derived and bio-inspired materials and advances in green chemistries, including degradable and upcyclable building blocks for use in low-cost, low-energy manufacturing processes through on-demand additive manufacturing. The Center for Scientific Computing at UCSB provides critical infrastructure for simulation of molecular processes to identify and optimize such materials, as well as devices for water filtration and next-generation battery technologies. Discoveries through the NSF Quantum Foundry will unlock the power of quantum computing to enable unprecedented simulations of complex molecular interactions.

 Affiliated Researchers

Assistant Professor
We are interested in the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of new soft materials.
Professor
Multiscale modeling of mechanisms and microstructure/property relations in high performance alloys, hcp metals, and nanostructured materials.
Analysis and design of catalytic processes that promote sustainable chemical production and conversion.
Assistant Professor
Our research endeavors to elucidate the structure-property relationships in electrochemical materials used, for instance, in rechargeable batteries.
Lab Manager
Microfluidics Laboratory and Innovation Workshop
Facilitating researchers working in the Microfluidics Laboratory and Innovation Workshop; manager for the Microfluidics Laboratory and Innovation Workshop.
Assistant Professor
The Eliason Lab examines how climate change constrains the performance and persistence of marine animals.
Distinguished Professor
The Fredrickson group has pioneered the development of field-theoretic simulations and pursued applications of the technique to understand complex classical polymer and quantum many-boson systems.
Distinguished Professor
Co-Director, CNSI
Developing advanced polymerization methods for new applications by combining traditional organic and polymer chemistry.
Assistant Professor
We develop ultrafast electron microscopy to image nanoscale energy transport. This knowledge can lead to better renewable energy systems.
Assistant Professor
We strive to formulate models for otherwise intractable problems, at the intersection of fluids and other disciplines.
Professor
Research interests are doping and transport in organic semiconductors, materials characterization, bioelectronics, and device physics
Professor
Genetic engineering and synthetic biology of non-model microorganisms.
Assistant Professor
Soft, biological, and bio-inspired materials and interfaces.
Professor
Associate Director, CNSI
The goal of our research is to develop robust and efficient synthetic approaches for applications in functional materials.
Edward N. Kramer Professor
Dept Chair of Chemical Engineering
Bioinspired polymer synthesis and self-assembly to control properties.
Professor
Van de Walle develops and employs first-principles computational techniques to model structure and behavior of materials.
Assistant Professor
Micro and nanoscale thermo-fluid engineering for sustainable energy and electronics.