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Research focused on the synthesis, processing, manufacturing, and characterization of nanostructured materials that can be applicable in emerging technologies, medical diagnostics, signaling, and optoelectronics. 

Nanoscience Faculty Research

Dr. Suzanne Ahmed

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed’s research interests are in biomimetic, stimuli-responsive nanoscale, and microscale active matter robotics. These systems have wide-ranging applications in biomedicine, oil recovery, and environmental remediation.

Dr. Daniel J.C. Herr


Dr. Herr leads a highly transdisciplinary research team that explores foundational nanoscience such as sustainable/functional hydrophonics, carbon nanotubes, self assembly polymers, and biomimetic nanosystems.

Dr. JianJun Wei


Dr. Wei’s research group focuses on fundamental aspects of nanoscale systems that advance electrical, optical, and/or magnetic materials and the applications of biosensors, energy, electrocatalysis, and nanomedicine.



Dr. Rabinovich’s research interests are centered on inorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic chemistry, including the synthesis of single-source molecular precursors to metal chalcogenides and the preparation of silver anticancer drugs.

nanoengineering faculty research

Dr. Jefferey R. Alston

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alston’s work explores the fundamental aspects of nanotextured surfaces and interfaces and the engineering application of those concepts in aerospace/propulsion systems. His work with surfaces and nanostructures ranges from designing hierachical structures on metal substrates, forming polymer nanoparticles through manipulation of interfacial tension, and engineering the wettability engineering of surfaces directly exposed to rocket nozzle exhaust.

Dr. Lifeng Zhang

Associate Professor

Dr. Zhang’s work explores engineered materials at nanometer scale, environmental and health impacts of engineered and transformed nanomaterials, two-dimensional nanomaterials for flexible electronics, and functionalized additive manufacturing. Highlighted focuses are water treatment, energy storage, sensors, composite materials, and interface at nanomaterials and microorganisms. 

Dr. Shanthi Iyer


Dr. Iyer’s current research interests are in molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth, characterization, and fabrication of GaAsSb(N) nanowire-based infrared photodetectors epitaxially integrated into Si and graphene next-generation photonic devices. This research is cross-disciplinary, encompassing solid-state physics, nanoengineering, and optoelectronic devices.