Dr. Daniel Herr is a pioneer in collaborative nanotechnology research, development, manufacturing and innovative supply chain management, as well as catalyzing interest in STEM related education and communicating science to the community. He serves as UNC-Greensboro’s professor and Nanoscience Department Chair at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also directs North Carolina’s Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium (NIC), which facilitates industrial-academic networking and nurtures access to and value extraction from the JSNN’s facilities and faculty to catalyze economic development. The NIC offers nanomaterials, nanofabrication tools, processes, characterization and expertise that address member needs. This work enables emerging and potentially disruptive More-than-Moore (M-t-M) technologies and market opportunities, e.g. non-scaled complex functional nanosystems, such as healthcare and medical diagnostics and theranostics; green materials and sustainable processes; energy scavenging and storage devices; flexible nanoelectronics; and smart textile, aerospace, transportation, construction, and agriculture technologies, etc., which drive the realization of the Internet of Things.
His current research interests include useful functional self-assembly and biomimetic systems, flexible nanoelectronics and functional textiles, nanobioelectronics and nanoenergy, as well as smart and sustainable nanoagriculture and advanced hydroponic systems.