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.
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.
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,
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.