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Nanomaterials and Physics

CNAM - Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials

CNAM brings together researchers in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics to pursue new materials, phenomena that result from them, and applications in devices whose functionality exploits these properties. CNAM research regularly focuses on the nanoscale, taking advantage of nano techniques to reveal and control nanomaterials and to achieve new nanoscale devices.

JQI - Joint Quantum Institute

Quantum phenomena present the reality of the physical world at a deeper level than we regularly experience. With advances in nanoscience and other areas of physics, researchers foresee a range of new opportunities to directly exploit quantum phenomena for new paradigms of information processing and security, precision sensors, and new materials. The JQI brings together researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Laboratory for Physical Sciences to pursue these opportunities.

MRSEC - NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The Maryland MRSEC pursues cutting-edge research in materials and nanoscience, with emphases in surface phenomena at atomic scale and in complex functional nanomaterials for sensors, actuators. The MRSEC is a national leader in the development and applications of scanning probe microscopies, which have been a key enabler of nanoscience and nanotechnology. MRSEC research also exploits novel approaches to nano research, such as the combinatorial discovery of complex materials with specific, optimized properties.



UMERC - University of Maryland Energy Research Center

UMERC is a cross-campus energy research initiative that includes energy generation, transduction, and storage technologies, environmental aspects, and broader systems issues such as public policy, economics, and systems research. Nanotechnology research provides the underpinnings for several of these energy technologies, including solar energy harvesting (photovoltaic, photocatalytic), fuel cells (inorganic and microbial), batteries and capacitors, and thermoelectrics.

NEES - Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center

NEES is specifically focused on the design, synthesis, properties and performance of nanostructures for energy applications in electrical energy storage (batteries, capacitors), using highly controlled nanostructures realized over aggregation scales from single nanowires to massive arrays. Research is currently most relevant to lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors, but the methodologies are equally applicable and being employed for 3-D solid state storage device, new electrochemical materials, fuel cell structures, solar photovoltaics, and other energy harvesting applications.


Biomedicine and Biotechnology

MPRI - Maryland Pathogen Research Center

Research in MPRI is devoted to understanding controlling the behavior of pathogenic microorganisms with application to pathogen detection, diagnosis, treatment, and preventing the spreading of pathodens. Fundamental mechanisms in pathogen biology are revealed in experimental systems which use nano- and micro-technology to manipulate and sense biological entities from small signaling molecules and their metabolic pathways to colonies of bacterial cells and their biomolecular constituents.

IBBR - Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research

IBBR is a joint research enterprise of the University System of Maryland as a partnership between University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Its research themes in biomolecular engineering and biofabrication, in biomolecular structure, function, and metrology, in host-pathogen interactions, and in therapeutic design and development, leverage complementary expertise of the partners to serve the expanding economic base of biosciences and technology in the state of Maryland and the Nation.

CNCD - Center for Nanomedicine and Cellular Delivery

Centered in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland Baltimore, CNCD partners with the School of Medicine and with the science and engineering at the University of Maryland College Park to develop new methods for effiicent drug delivery to cells. The research seeks to exploit nanoscience and technology for nanopartile-based approaches that selectively target disease sites, delivery drugs locally with efficient incorporation into cells, and provide markers for radiological identification of the disease sites.

Biochip Collaborative

The Biochip Collaborative is a cross-disciplinary team focused on biofabrication within microfluidic systems. This enables the assembly of biomolecules and cells at specific locations and proximity to each other for the investigation of metabolic pathways, cell signaling phenomena, and cooperative behavior of cell populations, with implications for drug discovery and development, antimicrobial therapies, biosensors, efficacy and side effects of drugs and toxins, and personalized medicine.


Devices and Systems

IREAP - Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics

IREAP is a state-chartered permanent institute jointly sponsored by the College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, with historical strengthsincluding plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics, biophysics, geophysics, and mathematics. In recent years IREAP's faculty profile has grown substantially in areas of nanoscience and technology, from nanomaterials for energy applications to ultrafast optical phenomena and quantum information. In addition, IREAP has served as the institutional home for the Maryland NanoCenter since it was established in 2004.

ISR - Institute for Systems Research

ISR is a state-chartered permanent institute within the A. James Clark School of Engineering which is a fully self-sustaining NSF Engineering Research Center. Its mission is to foster advances in the methodologies of systems research including control, communication, and systems design and to apply them to real challenges such as transportation, health care, wireless communication, manufacturing, and sensor networks. ISR is closely tied to the NanoCenter through shared interests in micro- and nano-systems and the key role of systems integration in bringing nanotechnology advances to products and societal benefit.

Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices

The Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices was established in 2006 together with the Fischell Department of Bioengineering by a gift from Dr. Robert Fischell, a pioneer in biomedical devices. Its efforts to realize a new generation of biomedical devices are well aligned with research in bioengineering and the life sciences as well as device emphases in other areas of engineering and the Maryland NanoCenter.


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