Nanotechnology & Multiscale Research

Leveraging Global Multidisciplinary Expertise

Nanoscale and nanomaterials research promise to revolutionize a wide range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to optics. World-class researchers at the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science work across disciplines to expand and accelerate discovery and innovation. 

Materials at the nanoscale are known to exhibit unique properties not available in their bulk counterparts. These properties include ultra-high specific surface area and surface reactivity, localized surface plasmon resonance, photo/magnetic thermal effect, high charge storage, and differential cell adhesions. Controlled assembly of the nanomaterials further enables the exploitation of these unique properties for a host of practical applications. Our faculty, joined by a cohort of doctoral students, have been conducting research at these research frontiers with funding from the federal government and industry.

Examples of our research activities include dispersion control and self-assembly of nanoparticles in polymers to fabricate multifunctional nanocomposites; the study of the structural-dynamical property relationships in polymer nanocomposites; the use of DNAs to tether precise number of Au nanoparticles for chem/bio sensing and detection and for photodynamic therapy of cancer; the integration of layer-by-layer  assembly of stimuli-responsive polyelectrolytes with optofluidics to develop novel nanosensors, the investigation of evaporative co-assembly of 2D graphene nanosheets and nanoparticles in micro-droplets for supercapacitors; and the development of self-assembled, patterned hydrogels at multiple scales on implantable devices for infection control and prevention. 

Visit the Nanotechnology Graduate Program site for more information about how Stevens researchers collaborate to further the field.