NanoLab Research


Research of the NanoLab is centered on inorganic and organic materials for novel devices. Materials being investigated range from rare earth doped inorganic wide bandgap semiconductors to DNA and other biopolymers. The material state and form also vary broadly and depend on the intended application, from solid state thin films and nanofibers to liquid state aqueous and organic solutions. The main research areas and related projects currently being pursued are listed below.

Rare-earth-doped GaN

Molecular Beam Epitaxy

Light Emitting Diodes

Laser Structures

DNA-based Opto/Electronics

DNA Solid State Thin Film Properties

DNA Light Emitting Diodes and Laser Structures

DNA/Surfactant/Dye/Solvent Interactions


Electrowetting: EW Materials, EW-based Liquid FET, EW Liquid Valves

Electrospinning Nanofibers:

- Tissue Scaffolds

- Superhydrophobic/oleophobic & Self-cleaning material

- Photosensitive BioMaterials


- Protein Assays/Enrichment

- Ion Transport in Droplet interface Bi-layer Membranes

Current sponsors: Army Research Office, Air Force Research Lab, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DARPA, National Science Foundation, Raytheon.