This line of research is directed at the development of structured materials and integrated devices at a range of length scales, from the nano to the micrometer and beyond. These materials and structures are being utilized for both fundamental studies as well as a range of applications in optics, electronics, renewable energy, lab on a chip processes, cell biology and tissue engineering.
Michael Bevan’s group measures and models colloidal interactions, dynamics, and structure in diverse applications including self-assembly, photonic materials, reconfigurable antennas, drug delivery, and nanoparticles in the environment.
Joelle Frechette’s group develops macroscale models to study the mechanisms driving the deterministic separation of particles in microfluidic systems.
Marc Donohue is developing a new theory to explain why diffusion does not follow Fick’s Law in nanomaterials.
Zachary Gagnon’s work focuses on studying and utilizing micron-sized electric fields generated within custom- fabricated microdevices to separate, characterize and manipulate biological fluid and bioparticles.
David Gracias’s laboratory is focused on developing self-assembly approaches for three dimensional fabrication with applications in complex systems, metamaterials, bio-artificial organs and tissue engineering. His laboratory also creates tiny, sub-millimeter scale mimics of surgical tools and has collaborated with surgeons at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to perform less-invasive and more efficient biopsies in live animals.
Konstantinos Konstantopoulos fabricates novel microfluidic devices to measure cellular traction forces and study the mechanisms of cell migration through physically constricted microenvironments.
Chao Wang’s group is developing advanced nanomaterials, including magnetic, semiconductor and plasmonic materials, by solution synthesis and processing for biomedical imaging and diagnostics.