Research

The Lieber group is focused broadly on science and technology at the nanoscale.

Central to the vision underlying this work is the idea that by developing and following a common intellectual path – a bottom-up paradigm for nanoscale science and technology – it will be possible to assemble virtually any kind of device or functional system, ranging from ultra-sensitive medical sensors to powerful nanocomputers, and also to explore new areas of science that exist, for example, at the interface between biology and nanotechnology.

Overview of “Bottom-Up” Paradigm for Nanotechnology

Overview of “Bottom-Up” Paradigm for Nanotechnology We are committed to realizing this intellectual vision through studies currently focused on five major areas:

  1. Synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale building blocks or materials,
  2. Elucidation of fundamental physical properties of the nanoscale building blocks
  3. Hierarchical organization and interconnection of nanoscale building blocks in two and three dimensions,
  4. Design and demonstration of functional nanoscale devices and integrated nanosystems,
  5. Exploration of the interface/communication between biological systems and nanoscale devices.

This research by definition is highly interdisciplinary. Group members utilize and develop concepts and techniques from biology, chemistry, physics and the engineering sciences to achieve our goals.