Featured Faculty Research

Research in our department extends across campus through interdisciplinary and inter-school collaborations.  Our faculty are at the cutting edge of Materials Science research. See below for some recent research highlights.

Shu Yang: Producing Nanoscale Patterns, In One Step Shu Yang: Producing Nanoscale Patterns, In One Step

Shu Yang’s latest discovery in the field of nanoscale polymer science may be her most significant yet. It was also something of an accident. Yang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, initially set out with her students to study the intrinsic properties of a flexible polymer membrane called polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS. The silicone material is a key ingredient in everything from contact lenses and window sealant to Silly Putty. Learn more...

Ritesh Agarwal: Accelerating Advances in Electronic MemoryRitesh Agarwal: Accelerating Advances in Electronic Memory

The race to create next-generation computer memory devices that are off-the-charts smaller, faster and more stable than current memory technologies has entered promising new territory thanks to recent innovations in Ritesh Agarwal’s lab. Learn more...

Dawn Bonnell: Turning Light into Electrical Current Dawn Bonnell: Turning Light into Electrical Current

Material scientists at the Nano/Bio Interface Center have demonstrated the transduction of optical radiation to electrical current in a molecular circuit. The system, an array of nano-sized molecules of gold, responds to electromagnetic waves by creating surface plasmons that induce and project electrical current across molecules, similar to that of photovoltaic solar cells.  Learn more...