Center for Spintronics and Biodetection conducts research on the frontiers of the second-generation spintronics involving electron spin transport, pure spin currents, coherent spin dynamics, and spin-dependent noise phenomena in multilayered nanostructures consisting of ferromagnets, metals, insulators, and semiconductors. In addition, spintronic devices are also investigated as elements of sensors for biomolecules.
Research within the department spans a wide range of nanotechnology-related fields, from the synthesis and processing of nanotubes and nanoparticles to their employment in composite materials and development of multifunctional applications. Both experimental and theoretical research on processing, characterization and predictive modeling is being conducted. The Department was awarded a Nanoscale Undergraduate Education (NUE) program by the National Science Foundation to provide opportunities for undergraduate research and generate a framework for the integration of nanotechnology across the engineering curriculum.
CNBS will harness select world-class resources in nano-bio technology to produce tools and methodologies for early diagnosis of diseases and timely detection and intervention for chemical and bioterrorism threats, leading to high-value healthcare and homeland security deliverables. CNBS is one of UF's two new state-funded Centers of Excellence.
The Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET) is an umbrella organization that focuses and coordinates research and educational activities at the University of Florida in the fields of nanoscale science and nanotechnology.
The SWAMP (Structural Analysis with Advanced Materials Processing) Center in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida features interdisciplinary activities aimed at understanding, optimizing, and developing new techniques for the manufacture of advanced materials. The center is devoted to understanding and modeling fundamental properties and reliability of the materials and devices involved in micro- and nano-electronics in both Si, Ge and compound semiconductors including the III-Nitrides and InGaAs.
The primary goal of INE is to develop breakthrough technologies in energy storage and generation (solar and wind) by developing organic based nano-photonic, nano-phononic and nanomechanical composites that are manufactured by means of sophisticated material control mechanisms. This is achieved through the use of a variety of techniques including electron and optical microscopy, spectroscopy, nanofabrication and self-assembly. The ability to design, assemble and engineer nanostructures will rely predominately on understanding and controlling the interactions between the nanostructures.
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group center on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of new algorithms and efficient computing tools for structural biology.
The group is focused on the study of energy transfer in semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs). They are interested in (1) constructing novel semiconductor nanocrystal material systems to engineer energy transfer processes, (2) developing imaging agents based on their NC constructs and (3) bandgap engineering of multilayered nanocrystalline materials.
The general goal of the Molecular & Electronic Nanostructures (M&ENS) Research Initiative at the Beckman Institute is to develop a fundamental understanding of chemical and physical processes involving structures on the nanometer scale.