Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering

Nano-structured materials (or simply "nanomaterials") are of great practical and theoretical interest due to their high surface-to-volume ratios and quantum size effects.  In the ChEMS Department, nanomaterial research is applied to regenerative medicine (human embryonic stem cell proliferation and differentiation); sustainable energy (enhancing device performance of solar cells and optimizing catalysts); information technology (converting electronic and optical signals to increase bandwidth and speed); and, high throughput methods for nano-scale device manufacturing.