The PhD program in Micro and Nanotechnology is a joint interdisciplinary program of the following Departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
As a part of the condensed matter theory division at MIT, the Joannopoulos Research Group is actively researching a variety of complex systems from an ab initio standpoint. Most of the investigations fall into the broad categories of photonic crystals and optics or atomic systems and electronic structure.
The mission of the Varanasi Group is to bring about transformational efficiency enhancements in various industries including energy (power generation to oil and gas to renewables), water, agriculture, transportation and electronics cooling by fundamentally altering thermal-fluid-surface interactions across multiple length and time scales.
The research in the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies is focused on the applications of micro- and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration. The long-term goals are to improve cellular therapies for liver disease, develop enabling tools to systematically study the fate of stem cells, and design multifunctional nanoparticles for cancer applications.
The Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL) is devoted to the control, system dynamics and design challenges associated with the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology and robotics. Current research includes control techniques of atomic force microscopes (AFM) to improve imaging, using the AFM to sequence DNA, filtering of nano-scale biomolecules in fluidic suspension, and design of energy-efficient robotics.
The Nanoscale Sensing group applies microfabrication technologies towards the development of novel methods for probing biological systems. Current projects focus on using electrical and mechanical detection schemes for analyzing biomolecules and single cells.
The NECST Consortiumís technology focus is to improve the performance of advanced aerospace materials/structures through strategic use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) combined with traditional advanced composites to form hybrid architectures. Two primary 3D nano-engineered architectures are being explored and developed, both polymer-matrix based. The fabrication strategy involves novel synthesis of high-quality, long (several millimeters), aligned CNTs placed strategically in existing advanced composite systems. Early results have demonstrated that high-quality CNT/traditional hybrid composite laminates can be architected and fabricated at rates and scales that can be used in full-scale aerospace structures; this made the formation of the NECST industry Consortium imperative.
A state-of-the-art laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT for probing the properties and surfaces of engineering and biological materials at atomic and molecular length scales through mechanical contact.
The research group of Prof. Nicholas Fang is dedicated to multidisciplinary fields including nano-optics, photonic/acoustic metamaterials, as well as life sciences. They aim to study the fundamental physics of nano-optics and its application in super-resolution imaging, high-speed/low-cost optical modulation device, high sensitivity biology sensor, etc. High-throughput micro/nano-fabrication techniques are developed to manufactore novel 2D/3D structures. They are the pioneer of acoustic metamaterial study to demonstrate the negative index and super-resolution focusing in ultrasonic wave.
The Nanostructures Laboratory (NSL) at MIT develops techniques for fabricating surface structures with feature sizes in the range from nanometers to micrometers, and uses these structures in a variety of research projects. The NSL is closely coupled to the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory (SNL) with which it shares facilities and a variety of joint programs.
The group of Vladimir Bulovic is developing practical devices/structures from physical insights discovered at the nanoscale.† Their work demonstrates that nanoscale materials such as molecules, polymers, and nanocrystal quantum dots can be assembled into large area functional optoelectronic devices that surpass the performance of today's state-of-the-art.† They combine insights into physical processes within nanostructured devices, with advances in thin film processing of nanostructured material sets, to launch new technologies, and glimpse into the polaron and exciton dynamics that govern the nanoscale.
Research in the Jarillo-Herrero group lies in the area of experimental condensed matter physics, in particular quantum electronic transport in novel low dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Their research is focused on fabrication of devices that exploit the quantum-mechanical properties of materials. Because superconductors provide an ideal medium for studying quantum mechanics in the solid state, they focus on superconductive materials.
The Strano group at MIT is interested in understanding the chemical and physical interactions that govern our ability to manipulate nanotube and nanoparticle systems, particularly those that are carbon based, for desired applications.
Specific interest of the group lies in specifically in the synthesis, characterization and nano-patterning of metal nanoparticles, the understanding of the complex interfacial relationship between organic molecules and metallic nanocrystals, and the fabrication of nanoparticle-based devices.
This website is a portal to research in nano- and micro-scale technologies within the MIT School of Engineering. A School-wide initiative, Tiny Technologies, or 'TT,' seeks, through advanced, interdisciplinary research, to create new knowledge and novel technologies in the fast-moving fields of nano- and micro-scale technologies.
This inter-departmental Center brings together, MIT researchers and industrial partners to advance the science and engineering of graphene-based technologies. The Center explores advanced technologies and strategies that enable graphene-based materials, devices and systems to provide discriminating or break-through capabilities for a variety of system applications ranging from energy generation and smart fabrics and materials, to RF communications and sensing.