Strategic Research Direction
More energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective technologies are possible with nanotechnology to enable the continued and sustainable development of life in harmony with the environment. Notre Dame faculty are focused on several areas of nano-related research, which include:
Physical Limits to Computation: Creating new electronic devices, microsystems and system architectures that can process larger volumes of data using thousands of times less energy, compared to modern information processing systems.
Energy Harvesting Technologies: Building new devices from advanced organic and inorganic nanomaterials and structures that harvest and store solar energy.
New Materials and Nanostructures: Modeling, synthesis and growth of materials with properties tailored to the application.
Nano-Bioelectronics: Integrating nanoelectronics with biological structures to better understand biological materials, cells and the opportunities for improving health care and diagnostics.
Nanomaterials and the Environment: Studying how both natural and synthetic nanobiomaterials, especially minerals, affect human health and the environment. Are toxins and pollutants easier to absorb at the nanoscale? How do they affect ecosystems, water supplies and global climate change?