Areas of Research

Functional materials can be created with rational self-assembly 
of building blocks over a broad range of length scales, from 
small molecules and polymers to nanoparticles and nanowires.

Research Areas

Northwestern researchers fabricate thin film nanodielectrics that dramatically enhance the performance of organic and inorganic transistors. Self-assembly of polymer chains leads to flexible but strong sacs that function as mini laboratories for stem cell growth. Programmed assembly of nanoparticles is used to create new materials with highly tunable properties for the development of novel biomolecule sensing and separation technologies.