Research

NDnano affiliated faculty are engaged in multidisciplinary research and collaborations across the campus and across the world. Current associated projects are listed below. Representing more than $50 million in funding, the projects demonstrate the broad reach of Notre Dame research and aim to be a force for good.  View all projects below, filter by topic, or search to find projects of interest.

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  • CAREER: Catalytic hollow-fiber membranes as an efficient and scalable process in water treatment

    The team is investigating the kinetic mechanisms, stability, and scalability of catalytic hollow-fiber membrane synthesis parameters, operational conditions, and water quality parameters to solve fundamental and applied problems in water treatment.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Kyle Doudrick
  • Rapid hypoglycemic rescue devices for glucose-response glucagon

    This research aims to combat hypoglycemia with a new class of materials that exist only in the presence of glucose fuel, and integrate these into devices for prophylactic glucagon rescue.

    Sponsors:
    American Diabetes Association
    ND Investigators:
    Matthew Webber
  • Collaborative Research: Machine learning exploration of atomic heterostructures towards perfect light absorber and giant piezoelectricity

    Researchers are developing a machine-learning-guided density functional theory tool for the discovery of new heterostructures exhibiting perfect light absorption in the visible spectrum and giant piezoelectricity of order 1000 pm/V.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Chris Hinkle
    Collaborators:
    University of Minnesota
  • Leveraging a new theoretical paradigm to enhance interfacial thermal transport In wide bandgap power electronics

    This research utilizes first-principle calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, and experiments to study phonon transport across different interfaces.

    Sponsors:
    Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Department of Navy
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo
  • CAREER: Targeting assembly in colloidal materials by tilting the free energy surface

    This work hypothesizes that kinetics may be used to control the crystallization of colloidal particles starting from fundamental clusters and involves detailed exploration of the self-assembly of colloidal materials via molecular simulation.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Jonathan Whitmer
  • An engineered tissue model of aged mammary microenvironment

    Researchers aim to better understand the impact of aged breast tissue and its biological impact on cancer development by developing an Aging-mimicking Breast Tissue (ABTe) model for breast cancer research.

    Sponsors:
    National Institutes of Health
    ND Investigators:
    Pinar Zorlutuna, Siyuan Zhang, Zonggao Shi, Xiaoshan Yue
  • Applications and Systems Driven Center for Energy-Efficient Integrated NanoTechnologies (ASCENT)

    Led by Notre Dame, ASCENT is a microelectronics research center funded by the SRC and DARPA. Its mission is to provide advances in integrated nanoelectronics to sustain the promise of Moore’s Law.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation and DARPA
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta, Patrick Fay, Michael Niemier
    Collaborators:
    Cornell, Georgia Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue, Stanford, University of Minnesota, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, University of Colorado, University of Texas-Dallas, and Wayne State.
  • Collaborative Research: Ice melting-induced flows by an adjacent heated immiscible liquid layer

    The team will conduct fundamental research on ice melt flows accompanied by convective single and multi-roll flow structures that occur during the melting of an ice wall in contact with an immiscible liquid absorbing heat in the range of 1 to 50 kW/m2.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Hirotaka Sakue, Seong-kyun Im
    Collaborators:
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Electron spin effects in semiconductor nanostructure: magnetism and topology

    Researchers are investigating coupling between magnetism and topology in semiconductors to develop robust spintronic topological phases using magnetic topological heterostructures.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Margaret Dobrowolska, Jacek Furdyna, Xinyu Liu, Badih Assaf
  • Highly Sensitive Multiplexed Nanocone Array for Point-of-Care Pan-Cancer Screening

    The ultimate goal of this research is to develop the first optical fiber nanoarray for point-of-care (POC) quantification of a massively large library of molecular biomarkers for a wide range of bio-sensing applications.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo, Hsueh-Chia Chang, Satyajyoti Senapati
  • Unifying principles for the design and manufacture of chemically patterned polymeric membrane

    The goal of this research is to develop the fundamental knowledge that enables the systematic design and fabrication of charge-patterned mosaic membranes used in chemical separations and sensing processes.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    William Phillip
  • High-performance biocatalytic membranes with self-contained radial polymer mediators for water reclamation and reuse

    In this research, the team is integrating redox-active radical polymer mediators and laccase enzymes on membrane supports to deliver a state-of-the-art treatment technology for the removal and degradation of micropollutants.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    William Phillip, Na Wei
  • CAREER: Printing and interface engineering of colloidal nanocrystals for flexible thermoelectrics and electronics

    The project goal is to establish a scalable additive manufacturing process to fabricate flexible films using colloidal nanocrystals, and create methods to tailor and control electronic, thermal and thermoelectric transport properties.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Yanliang Zhang
  • CMI: Super Resolution THz Imaging of Nanostructures

    The goal of this project is to develop a super-resolution terahertz (THz) microscope that will be capable of recording THz images with a spatial resolution of a few hundred nanometers and a field of view of hundreds of microns.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Gregory Hartland
  • Engineering deterministic electron correlations and topological states in site-controlled III-V quantum droplets

    The aim of this research is to produce deterministic quantum electron droplets to support "large scale" development of composite fermion Majorna zero modes. These methods will be explorable and exploitable by the quantum technology scientific community.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Gregory Snider, Alexander Mintairov, Alexei Orlov
    Collaborators:
    Tyndall National Institute, Queen's University Belfast
  • Refractory Plasmonics Enabled by Single Crystal Nanostructures

    The objective of this research is to demonstrate that suitably protected single-crystal nanostructures of gold, silver, and copper can act as high-performance photoactive materials at elevated temperatures.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Svetlana Neretina
  • Adiabatic systems for low power computation

    This project investigates MEMS structures for both crucial parts of a computational system: logic and energy recycling clocks. Adiabatic Capacitive Logic eliminates electrical contacts and leakage in logic, and power resonators can recycle energy.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Gregory Snider, Alexei Orlov
  • CAREER: Tissue-engineering an aging heart: The effect of aged cell microenvironment in myocardial infarction

    The team is establishing a unique tissue engineered model system of the aging human myocardium and investigating the role of the aging tissue microenvironment on cell survival upon myocardial infarction.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Pinar Zorlutuna
  • CAREER: Fundamental materials studies on fast ion diffusion in model side-chain ionomers

    Researchers are synthesizing and characterizing model polymers to understand the parameters governing ion transport rates in ionomer ionic domains, while simultaneously integrating educational and outreach programs for women in STEM fields.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Jennifer Schaefer
  • RET Site: Biologically and physically inspired computing models and systems

    The objective of the program is to form partnerships between Notre Dame personnel and high school teachers and students to help prepare high school students for forthcoming changes to information processing systems.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Michael Niemier, Kevin Bowyer
  • Collaborative Research: Understanding the Synergistic Effect of Graphene Plasmonics and Nanoscale Spatial Confinement on Solar-Driven Water Phase Change

    This project aims to understand basic mechanisms of synergistic effects of graphene plasmonics and nanoscale spatial confinement of solar-driven water phase change via electromagnetic wave calculations, molecular simulations, and experimental validation.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo, Eungkyu Lee
    Collaborators:
    University of Nevada
  • Backend-of-the-line (BEOL) compatible GaN growth and passivation for 3D integration

    This project will build on recent success in driving down the growth temperatures of other compound semiconductors and on the team’s extensive experience in Ga-based III-V and III-N research.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation, Intel
    ND Investigators:
    Chris Hinkle
  • Additive Manufacturing of Infrared Photonics

    This project aims to extend the ability to print glass with light further into the infrared, with a goal of forming arbitrary geometries from materials that are transparent in the MWIR (3-5 µm) and LWIR (8-14 µm) windows.

    Sponsors:
    Azimuth Corporation, US Department of the Air Force
    ND Investigators:
    Ed Kinzel
  • Energy harvesting approaches to low-temperature plasma generation for field applications

    Researchers aim to engineer low-temperature plasmas that operate without a power supply by harvesting thermal or mechanical energy to directly produce an air plasma -- improving water purification, sterilization, wound healing, and pollution control.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    David Go, Seung-Kyun Im
  • Elucation of CO2 transport mechanisms in polyvinylamine-based facilitated transport membranes

    This research aims to accelerate the rational design of facilitated transport membranes (FTMs) by elucidating the mechanisms of CO2 transport across polyvinylamine (PVAm), a model FTM.

    Sponsors:
    American Chemical Society
    ND Investigators:
    Casey O'Brien, William Phillip
  • Regulating gas transport in molecularly engineered polymer membranes

    The research goal is to use specifically-designed model polymer networks with controlled architectural regularity and targeted synthetic motifs to determine the impact of crosslink inhomogeneity on the gas transport in crosslinked polymer membranes.

    Sponsors:
    U.S. Department of Energy
    ND Investigators:
    Ruilan Guo
  • SemiSymBio: Cardiac muscle-cell-based couples oscillator networks for collective computing

    Researchers are exploring the potential of coupled oscillator networks made of living heart muscle cells as collective computing components for solving computationally hard problems such as optimization, learning and inference tasks.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Pinar Zorlutuna, Hsueh-Chia Chang, Suman Datta
  • Predicting mechanical strength properties of titanium from the powder bed fusion process

    The team is developing a software modeling tool to predict mechanical material properties of printed components that may contain dimensional or structural defects -- reducing the amount of physical testing and printing of multiple component iterations.

    Sponsors:
    Rolls Royce North America V4 Institute
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo, Richard Billo
  • CAREER: Chain-growth polymerization of AB2 monomer to produce hyperbranched polymers

    This project focuses on new methods for polymer synthesis. It offers, for the first time, a novel one-pot polymerization method that can produce hyperbranched polymers with well-defined structures and compositions.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Haifeng Gao
  • CAREER: Three-dimensional, super-resolution, and super-sensitivity quantitative molecular multiphoton

    The research goal is to study, develop, characterize, and evaluate a new method for super-resolution molecular imaging in living animals while simultaneously integrating educational and outreach programs aimed at future biophotonics researchers.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Scott Howard
  • Multi-Bit-per-Cell (MBC) Ferroelectric FET Memory Using Ferroelectric (FE) Superlattice with Anti-Ferroelectric (AFE) Interfacial Coupling

    The goal is to design, synthesize and optimize a ferroelectric superlattice structure based on stacked layers of ferroelectric thin films with non-ferroelectric spacer layers, demonstrating a fully CMOS compatible multi-bit/cell ferroelectric FET memory.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • Multi-Component Semiconducting Oxide FETs: Materials-Device Co-Design,Synthesis, NanoFabrication, Characterization and Benchmarking

    The team aims to design, synthesize and optimize a thermally stable, hydrogen insensitive n-type semiconducting oxide thin film with electron mobility ~100cm2V-1s-1, to demonstrate a fully back-end-of-the-line compatible n-channel oxide FET.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • Biomemetic infection reporting antimicrobial nanoparticles for wound and surgical site applications

    Researchers are developing an antibiotic independent, nanomaterial-based system for topological applications that could also be used to detect infectious agents and monitor wound healing.

    Sponsors:
    Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
    ND Investigators:
    Prakash Nallathamby, Shaun Lee
  • NEW materials for LogIc, Memory and InTerconnectS (New Limits)

    Team members are developing backend-of-the-line (BEOL) materials and integration processes focusing on the low-temperature growth of traditional and novel semiconductors.

    Sponsors:
    Purdue University, Semiconductor Research Corporation
    ND Investigators:
    Chris Hinkle
    Collaborators:
    University of Michigan, Penn State University, University of Texas Dallas
  • The impact of nanostructure geometry on photo-thermal evaporation processes

    The team models and conducts experiments in the International Space Station and terrestrial experiments to understand the link between geometric factors of plasmon nanostructures and the evaporation process when they are heated by optical excitations.

    Sponsors:
    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo, Hsueh-Chia Chang, Hirotaka Sakaue
  • Simulation of Supercooled Droplet Icing using Luminescent Imaging

    Researchers are providing experimental data showing the impact of droplets on a surface using luminescent imaging techniques for a variety of physical conditions.

    Sponsors:
    ANSYS Inc.
    ND Investigators:
    Hirotaka Sakaue, Aleksandar Jemcov
  • EFRI 2-DARE: Ultra-low power, collective-state device technology based on electron correlation in two-dimensional atomic layers

    Researchers are exploring 2D layered materials as a means to deterministically control ionic diffusion for electronic device applications of significant technological importance.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
    Collaborators:
    Penn State, Georgetown, Rutgers
  • Compound semiconductor bypass and blocking diodes with improved temperature and radiation performance

    The project goal is to perform analytical evaluation of potential ultra-thin III-V diode technologies and perform numerical simulation studies of the candidate devices for bypass and blocking diode applications in space-based photovoltaic arrays.

    Sponsors:
    MicroLink Devices, U.S. Department of the Air Force
    ND Investigators:
    Patrick Fay
  • In-Pile Instrumentation Initiative: Work Package 4

    This project will develop functional sensors via additive manufacturing and study the sensors through in-pile tests and post-irradiation examinations to understand radiation effects on the printed sensor material structures and properties.

    Sponsors:
    Idaho National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
    ND Investigators:
    Yanliang Zhang
  • Out-of-equilibrium self-assembly for rapid hypoglycemic rescue

    To provide a read-out of the disease state in diabetes, researchers are preparing highly unstable materials that exist only in the presence of glucose and rapidly dissipate/dissolve if glucose is absent.

    Sponsors:
    Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
    ND Investigators:
    Matthew Webber
  • Negative Capacitance Enabled Scaling to Achieve 1 THz Cut-off Frequency Transistors on a CMOS Platform

    Researchers are using the physics of negative capacitance in an extremely thin silicon-on-insulator (ETSOI) platform to fabricate and demonstrate negative capacitance transistors with 1 THz cutoff frequency in a completely CMOS compatible process.

    Sponsors:
    UC-Berkeley, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • Low-voltage, high non-linearity (high ION & low IOFF) select devices for cross-point memory applications

    This research aims to successfully demonstrate low voltage selectors with high on-off ratio, extreme nonlinearity, tunable hysteresis, thermal stability (at operating temperature) and controlled variation, a critical milestone for 3D cross-point memories.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • SpecEES: Chip-scale millimeter-wave spectrum/signal analyzer using spin-wave diffraction and interference

    This project presents a micromagnetics-based real-time spectrum sensor that is low cost, high performance and chip-scale, to process millimeter and microwave information using spin waves in magnetic thin films.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Wolfgang Porod, Gary Bernstein, Jonathan Chisum
  • Collaborative research: Programmable THz devices enabled by high-performance optical spatial modulation for advanced imaging and adaptive communications

    The objective of this work is to explore and demonstrate a novel high-performance optical THz spatial modulation technology based on mesa-array approach for efficiently achieving tunable and reconfigurable quasi-optical devices.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Lei Liu
    Collaborators:
    Oregon State University
  • Liquid-Free, Deformable Electrolytes for Use in Lithium Metal Batteries with Porous Anodes

    This research investigates liquid-free, deformable electrolytes based upon branched polymers for use with porous anodic current collectors to facilitate uniform lithium metal electrodeposition and high coulombic efficiency.

    Sponsors:
    ElectroChemical Society
    ND Investigators:
    Jennifer Schaefer
  • Parametric study of microfiber coating in a pipe flow

    The project goal is to perform a parametric study of micro-fiber coating in a pipe flow for reducing skin-friction drag.

    Sponsors:
    Tanaka Ai America
    ND Investigators:
    Hirotaka Sakaue
  • Thermal evaporation around optically excited functionalized nanoparticles

    For potential use in solar absorber-assisted thermal evaporation applications, specially functionalized nanoparticles that can be heated through light absorption are being investigated to further understand their localized heating properties.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Tengfei Luo, Hsueh-Chia Chang
    Collaborators:
    College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University
  • Let spin-wave physics do the computing

    In this research, the team is working to demonstrate a specific hardware block that uses the spin-wave substrate to show that this hardware can be configured to solve a number of computationally hard problems.

    Sponsors:
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    ND Investigators:
    Wolfgang Porod, Gary Bernstein, Jonathan Chisum, Alexei Orlov
  • Optically controlled waveguide architectures for advanced tunable and reconfigurable THz circuits

    This project investigates and demonstrates three optically controlled waveguide architectures based on a novel photo-induced spatial modulation for developing high-performance tunable and reconfigurable THz passive components.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Lei Liu, Patrick Fay
  • Complex Transport of Complex Nanoparticles in Complex Flows: Integrating Lab and Field Data with Models at Multiple Scales

    This study completely integrates lab and field experiments and modeling to determine the fate of complex nanoparticles in complex streams, providing key advances in understanding nanoparticle fate and transport in realistic flow environmental systems.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Kyle Doudrick, Diogo Bolster
  • Collaborative research: Plasmonic nanoantenna electrode arrays (NEAs) for massively multiplexed identification of stem-cell derived cardiac cells in regenerative therapies

    Researchers are working on a new generation of ultrasensitive molecular-plasmonic voltage sensors for non-invasive, real-time and subcellular precision mapping of tiny fluctuations on membrane potentials of neural networks.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Pinar Zorlutuna
    Collaborators:
    UC Santa Cruz
  • Collaborative research: Opto-phononic-electronic materials and devices for the far-infrared

    The research objective is to develop optical materials and opto-phononic-electronic devices that control and emit far-infrared light by engineering surface waves and the interaction of these surface waves with bulk and/or engineered optical phonons.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Anthony Hoffman
    Collaborators:
    University of Texas Austin
  • Sequencing antibodies with a synthetic sub-nanometer pore

    The team is developing and validating a sub-nanopore through a thin, charged membrane to directly sequence the amino acids and post-translation chemical modifications in a single denatured antibody molecule.

    Sponsors:
    Open Philanthropy Project
    ND Investigators:
    Greg Timp
    Collaborators:
    UC-San Diego, Johns Hopkins University
  • ALERT Center of Excellence in Explosives Research

    As one of nine Centers of Excellence across the country, this is a multi-university, multi-institution partnership conducting transformational research, technology and educational development for effective response to explosives-related threats.

    Sponsors:
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    ND Investigators:
    Ken Sauer, Anthony Hoffman, Scott Howard
    Collaborators:
    Northeastern University, Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Boston, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, New Mexico State, Puerto Rico, Purdue, Rensselaer, Rhode Island, Texas Tech, Tufts, Washington State
  • Rational design of barrier films to enable rechargeable Mg-S batteries

    The researchers are fabricating UV-curable barrier films for the electrolyte-cathode interface to enable capacity retention in Magnesium-sulfur rechargeable batteries.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Jennifer Schaefer
  • An analog hardware system for solving Boolean satisfiability

    This project aims to design an analog hardware system for solving a representative NP-complete problem, the Boolean satisfiability (SAT) problem. SAT is quintessential to many electronic design automation problems.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Sharon Hu
  • Novel devices and circuits for side channels

    The project goal is to identify novel devices and associated logic gates and circuits for cryptographic primitives that produce symmetric power and radiation signatures to solve side channel leakages, and that can be integrated with CMOS processes.

    Sponsors:
    Semiconductor Research Corporation
    ND Investigators:
    Michael Niemier, Sharon Hu, Yiyu Shi
  • Determining the Accuracy of Cephalosporin Allergy Testing

    This research addresses both an unmet need to understand the utility of in vivo and in vitro diagnostic strategies in patients labeled as cephalosporin allergic, and a need to define the origin and mechanisms of true IgE-mediated cephalosporin allergy.

    Sponsors:
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, National Institutes of Health
    ND Investigators:
    Basar Bilgicer
  • 20-kV GaN Switch Technology Demonstrated in High-Efficiency Medium-Voltage Building Block

    Researchers are designing, simulating, fabricating, and characterizing vertical GaN p-n junction diodes, as well as performing material-level characterization to validate material quality and quantify any defects arising in the fabrication processing.

    Sponsors:
    Virginia Tech, U.S. Department of Energy
    ND Investigators:
    Patrick Fay
  • Spatially resolved infrared absorption spectroscopy of individual semiconductor nanostructures

    Spatially resolved infrared absorption measurements are conducted on individual nanostructures. A counter-propagating pump/probe optical geometry is used with a high numerical aperture refractive objective for improved spatial resolution.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Masaru Kuno, Gregory Hartland
  • Therapeutic cell engineering with synthetic nanoparticles to rejuvenate endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs)

    Researchers are working to significantly improve the clinical prospect of ECFCs using surface engineering and controlled release of bioactive molecules to the cell surface.

    Sponsors:
    Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
    ND Investigators:
    Donny Hanjaya-Putra
  • CAREER: Mid-infrared intersubband polaritonics

    This project studies the physics of mid-infrared cavities resonantly coupled to intersubband transitions and demonstrates superluminescent optical devices based on this coupling. The results will be used to improve technical education at all levels.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Anthony Hoffman
  • TMD FETs for secure circuits through polymorphic logic gates

    Transistors are key electronic devices used to amplify and route signals between states, a logic 1 and 0. This work focuses on hardware implementation of circuits from transistors that can intrinsically operate as both, electron and hole conductors.

    Sponsors:
    Purdue University, Applied Research Institute
    ND Investigators:
    Sharon Hu
  • Investigation of Oxygen Insertion Channel Field Effect Transistor Architecture for Enhanced Transport and Improved Positive Bias Temperature Instability (PBTI)

    Researchers are fabricating long channel NMOS devices on control and Mears silicon technology wafers, extracting mobility components as a function of temperature and electric field, and comparing experimental results to theoretical predictions.

    Sponsors:
    ATOMERA
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • High-contrast gradient index lenses for low-power millimeter-wave beam steering

    The research uses design methods and fabrication approaches to design and realize a wideband and wide angle scanning lens antenna targeting Ku-band and K-/Ka-band satellite communications as well as the 28 GHz and 39 GHz 5G wireless bands.

    Sponsors:
    Parry Labs, U.S. Department of the Air Force
    ND Investigators:
    Jonathan Chisum
  • Holographic assembly of reconfigurable nanoscale plasmonic and photonic elements

    This research aims to establish conformable 2D and 3D optical metamaterials that harness the collective behavior of arrayed nanoparticles embedded in a polymer matrix to enable an unprecedented ability to manipulate the designed optical index profile.

    Sponsors:
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    ND Investigators:
    Paul Bohn, David Go, Anthony Hoffman, Ryan Roeder, Greg Timp
    Collaborators:
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Improving fast response pressure sensitive paint for acoustic and blast tube test applications

    The goal of this project is to improve the performance of fast-response, pressure-sensitive paint for both acoustic and blast tube applications at Sandia National Laboratories.

    Sponsors:
    Sandia National Laboratory
    ND Investigators:
    Hirotaka Sakaue
  • Collaborative research: Visual cortex on silicon

    The goal is to fabricate and characterize a network of 100 coupled oscillators, investigate their synchronization dynamics, and benchmark the complete vision pipelines for each hardware technology option.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
    Collaborators:
    Penn State University
  • Steep slope energy efficient logic and memory technology for energy autonomous information processing

    Sponsors:
    North Carolina State University, National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Suman Datta
  • New nanomanufacturing techniques for the fabrication of plasmonic surfaces for photovoltaic, catalytic and sensing applications

    The project will define nanomanufacturing techniques for fabricating photoactive surfaces comprised of periodic arrays of complex 3D nanostructures that express the intense plasmonic resonances needed for photovoltaic, catalytic, and sensing applications.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Svetlana Neretina
  • Drag reduction in a pipe using micro-fiber coating

    The project goal is to study the validity of micro-fiber coating in a pipe flow for reducing skin-friction drag.

    Sponsors:
    Tanaka Ai
    ND Investigators:
    Hirotaka Sakaue
  • Nanostructure synthesis at the liquid-substrate interface: A new strategy for obtaining plasmonic and chemically active surfaces

    The project will define the chemical controls and mechanistic framework needed to form organized surfaces of noble metal nanostructures through syntheses occurring at the liquid-substrate interface.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Svetlana Neretina
  • Advanced tunneling-based detectors and imaging systems for millimeter-wave and THz sensing and imaging

    The objective of this project is to investigate and develop advanced room-temperature millimeter-wave and THz detectors with superior performance and advanced functionalities.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Patrick Fay, Lei Liu
  • Electron spin effects in semiconductor nanostructures

    Researchers are focusing on two new related areas involving spin phenomena in low-dimensional magnetic semiconductor systems.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Margaret Dobrowolska, Jacek Furdyna, Xinyu Liu
  • Scanned probe microscopy using single-electron device arrays

    The team is designing and fabricating scanning single-electron transistor probes (S-SETs) and using them to characterize the surface charge and potential of semiconductor surfaces.

    Sponsors:
    National Science Foundation
    ND Investigators:
    Gregory Snider, Alexander Mintairov, Alexei Orlov
  • MICCoM – SSAGES ad COPSS packages

    This work continues the development, validation, and maintenance of the SSAGES package, and supports cross-collaborations and code couplings to COPSS, DASH, QBOX, and WEST.

    Sponsors:
    U.S. Department of Energy
    ND Investigators:
    Jonathan Whitmer
    Collaborators:
    Argonne National Laboratory, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, UC Davis, University of Chicago