The Lieber group is focused broadly on science and technology at the nanoscale within a common intellectual vision – the bottom-up paradigm for nanoscale science and technology This paradigm rests on the design and synthesis nanoscale components – building blocks – that can be tailored down to the atomic scale and subsequently elaborated as single structures or assemblies to yield virtually any kind of functional structure or nanosystem, 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 nanoelectronics and living cells and tissue. We are committed to realizing this intellectual vision through studies currently focused on four major areas:

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nanoscale Materials. The Lieber group is committed to the discovery, design and development of new nanomaterials and nanostructures with an emphasis on precisely controlling morphology, size, structure and composition in two and three dimensions.
  2. Nano-Bio Interface. The Lieber group is defining the rich interface between nanoelectronics and life science from sensing for disease detection, to single cell through live animal neuroscience, and the development of novel hybrid tissues.
  3. Nanoelectronics, Nanoprocessors for Computing, and Hierarchical Nanosystems. The Lieber group is pursuing the design and realization of nanocircuits and nanoprocessors that offer unique opportunities and challenges compared to existing top-down approaches being explored by others today.
  4. Nano-Enabled Energy. The Lieber group’s focus includes the design of novel nanowire materials and assemblies for next-generation solar cells, and the development of nanoelectrode platforms for elucidating fundamental mechanisms of and enhancing electron transfer in microbial fuel cells.