Four Interdisciplinary Science Thrusts
The scientific staff and capabilities at CINT are organized into four interdisciplinary Science Thrusts:
Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics
Brian Swartzentruber, Thrust Leader
Nate Mara, Partner Science Leader
Control of electronic transport and wave functions, and mechanical coupling and properties using nanomaterials and integrated structures.
Significant challenges in integration science issues include: 1) nanowire integration science for new energy concepts; 2) manipulation of spin properties of single electrons in semiconductors; 3) surface and interface driven mechanics of nanoscale materials; 4) understanding structure-property relationships in nanoscale materials; and 5) developing multi-functional composite materials exploiting electronic, mechanical and magnetic interactions.
Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials
Igal Brener, Thrust Leader
Steve Doorn, Partner Science Leader
Synthesis, excitation and energy transformations of optically active nanomaterials and collective or emergent electromagnetic phenomena (plasmonics, metamaterials, photonic lattices).
Key integration science challenges include 1) chemical and physical synthesis of optical, electronic, and magnetic nanomaterials; 2) collective and emergent electromagnetic phenomena (plasmonics, metamaterials, photonic lattices, solitons); 3) multifunctional behavior in hybrid nanostructures comprising optical components; and 4) energy transformations on the nanoscale.
Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials
Millie Firestone, Thrust Leader
George Bachand, Partner Science Leader
Solution-based materials synthesis and assembly of soft, composite and artificial bio-mimetic nanosystems.
Our emphasis will be on key scientific areas that underlie the challenge of nanoscience integration. These include 1) controlling interfaces and their interactions; 2) developing new characterization tools that provide information on multiple length and time scales; and 3) exploring the roles of disorder and dynamics in determining materials performance.
Theory and Simulation of Nanoscale Phenomena
Gary Grest, Thrust Leader
Jianxin Zhu, Partner Science Leader
Assembly, interfacial interactions, and emergent properties of nanoscale systems, including their electronic, magnetic, and optical properties.
Our strategy emphasizes the development and application of advanced techniques drawn from combinations of many-body, local density, molecular dynamics and other methods capable of describing complex materials.