Laboratories and Facilities
Design for the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC) began in 2004, with the Center expected to open its doors in 2008. The 160,000-square-foot Center will be the most advanced nanotechnology facility in the Southeast, the first of its kind in the region, and will be one of the most sophisticated in the country. The Center will feature 30,000 square feet of clean rooms critical to research and instruction in microelectronics, semi-conductors, materials, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, offering access to nanotechnology tools to researchers from other Georgia universities as well as industry partners.
Center for Computational Materials Science
Uzi Landman, Director
Georgia Tech's Center for Computational Materials Science in the School of Physics has a simple goal that is difficult to achieve: to model the real world by computer in a reasonable amount of time. To accomplish this goal, eminent scientists like Dr. Uzi Landman use computer simulations to research projects in nanotechnology and other cutting-edge materials fields.
Tom Fuller, Director; Meilin Liu, Co-director
The Georgia Tech Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies is a multidisciplinary catalyst for developing revolutionary fuel cell and battery technologies. The Center creates partnerships with leading industry and government organizations and educates industry professionals and students while serving as a magnet for economic development. Center nanoscience and nanotechnology research highlights include a study predicting the unique properties of silicon nanowires and an electrodeposition process that creates nanoporous structures for improved fuel cells, batteries, and sensors.
Z.L. Wang, Director
The Georgia Tech Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is a nanoscience and nanotechnology research group in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Recent Center research has focused on the fundamental science in the physical and chemical processes in nanomaterials growth, nanosystems' unique properties, novel in-situ measurement techniques, and new applications of nano-scale objects.
Z.L. Wang, Director
The Georgia Tech Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication (CNCF) in the School of Materials Science and Engineering is a multi-user nanoscience and nanotechnology research facility. The CNCF's mission is to provide the Georgia Tech campus with state-of-the-art nanostructure tools for performing advanced research on a variety of materials.
Seth Marder, Director
The Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) was established at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 with a vision of becoming a leading resource for research, education, and innovation in the field of organic photonics and electronics.
Krishna V. Palem, Director
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Center for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology (CREST) focus on innovative design automation using architecture-level design space exploration. Center research includes the study of compiler optimizations as a tool for designing workload specific architectures and integration with front-end system specification, verification flows, and back-end hardware/software design activities.
The Georgia Tech Complex Systems Design Automation Group in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to developing computational design tools and methodologies to facilitate the rapid development of complex systems, including microsystems and nanosystems.
Z.L. Wang, Director
Established in 1999, the Georgia Tech Electron Microscopy Center links numerous research programs and groups on Tech's campus and is quickly becoming a center for education and collaboration. The Center is operated by the School of Materials Science and Engineering and is open to all faculty and students of Georgia Tech.
Robert M. Nerem, Director
The Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for the Engineering of Living Tissues was established in 1998 by the National Science Foundation as an Engineering Research Center with the mission to be the leader in the development of critical core technologies and an educated workforce that will enable the development of tissue engineering, revolutionize the medical implant industry, and in the process, help confront the transplantation crisis. GTEC is a unique partnership between Georgia Tech and the Emory University School of Medicine.
Steven E. Cross, Director
The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is Georgia Tech's nonprofit applied research arm. At GTRI, approximately 1,200 employees perform or support more than $100 million in research yearly for more than 200 clients in industry and government. Recent nanotechnology breakthroughs supported by GTRI include carbon nanotube structures that could provide more efficient solar power for soldiers.
The vision of Georgia's business leaders, the Georgia Research Alliance is a private, nonprofit corporation. Its Board of Trustees is drawn from the top levels of some of the state's largest corporations and its university partners. With a rich background and history, the Alliance continually works with its university partners, including Georgia Tech, to pinpoint those areas of research and development that have the greatest potential for building a vibrant and sustained, technology-rich economy for Georgia.
Mostafa El-Sayed, Director
Georgia Tech's Laser Dynamics Laboratory (LDL) houses the most recent lasers and laser spectroscopic equipment for time-resolved studies. Present nanoscience research interests include: the properties of material confined in time and space of different shape; ultrafast electron-hole dynamics in semiconductor nanoparticles; the shape control synthesis and stability of metallic nanoparticles; the photothermal stability of metallic nanoparticles; the optical and electrical characterization of assembled metallic nanoparticle arrays; and the dependence of catalytic efficiency on metallic nanoparticle shapes.
Andrew Lyon, Director
The Georgia Tech Lyon Group in Soft Materials Chemistry and Physics is concerned with numerous aspects of materials chemistry, including the preparation of smart, multi-responsive hydrogel nanoparticles; the investigation of nanoparticle bioconjugate synthesis; the study of the fundamentals in hydrogel phase transitions in core/shell structured nanoparticles; and the optical and mechanical properties of ordered hydrogel nanoparticle arrays.
Mark Allen, and Paul Kohl, Directors
Researchers at Georgia Tech's Microelectronics/Microsystems Technical Interest Group in the School of Electrical and Computing Engineering are internationally recognized for their leadership in research and education. The Group is affiliated with three world-class Georgia Tech research centers that play a defining role in microelectronics and microsystems, including nanosystems.
James D. Meindl, Director
More than fifty faculty members and 120 graduate students conduct research at Georgia Tech's 100,000-square-foot Microelectronics Research Center (MiRC), which provides expertise, facilities, infrastructure, and teaming environments to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research in microelectronics, integrated optoelectronics, and microsensors and actuators. MiRC's nanotechnology initiatives include work with The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an integrated networked partnership of user facilities supported by the National Science Foundation that serves the needs of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology researchers.
William S. Rees Jr., Director
Georgia Tech's Molecular Design Institute (MDI) is a multi-institutional consortium funded by the Office of Naval Research, Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), and its members. Broadly representing the disciplines of Georgia Tech, MDI was established in 1995 to bring researchers together to focus on education to meet the challenges of designed materials. MDI is one of only two such Institutes created in the U.S., and the only one centered in an educational institution.
Amyn Teja, Coordinator
The NanoChBE Group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering focuses on several aspects of nanotechnology, including the synthesis, characterization, and properties of nanomaterials for energy applications, and the development of nanostructures via patterning and thin film deposition. Some recent achievements of the group include the development of nanoporous hybrid membranes for natural gas separations, novel heat transfer fluids containing dispersed nanoparticles, and new photoresist materials for sub-100 nm lithography.
Nanoscale Thermal Processing Laboratory
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Nanoscale Thermal Processing Laboratory in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering design, fabricate, and use tools for thermal and thermomechanical processing at micrometer and nanometer length scales. Laboratory Research involves the use of atomic force microscopy and nanoimprint lithography for thermal and thermomechanical modification of surfaces.
Nanostructure Optoelectronics Group
Thomas K. Gaylord, Director
Georgia Tech's Nanostructure Optoelectronics Group is part of an academic program initiative by the Georgia Tech Foundation. Group research topics include semiconductor materials, quantum structures, and optics. In conjunction with the Microelectronics Research Center, facilities are available for mask-making, photo and electron-beam lithography, diffusion, evaporation, reactive ion etching, and electrical and optical testing. In addition, an Optoelectronics Laboratory has been developed specifically for this group.
Robert L. Whetten, Principal Investigator
The Georgia Tech Nanostructure Research Laboratory is located in the School of Physics. The researchers' main focus is the synthesis and characterization of nanometer- scale crystalline molecules (nanocrystals), or what is known as highly-oriented molecular nanocrystalline arrays.
Michael Chapman, Director
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics Research Group are focused on investigating the quantum behavior of atoms and photons, often at the single-particle level. Researchers employ lasers to confine and cool atoms to nano-Kelvin temperatures for use in studies of fundamental atom-photon interactions, atom optics and interferometry, and quantum computing and communication.