University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)

University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)
Type Disciplines
Educational and Reseach Institutions Engineering Nanomaterials Nanoparticles
Address Postal Code
College of Engineering and Applied Science
422 UCB
City State / Province
Boulder CO
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (303) 492-5071
(303) 492-2199

The University of Colorado - Boulder's Micro/Nano Systems for Engineering and Life Sciences is a major research and training nanoscience initiative, bringing together more than 100 CU faculty in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, dentistry, pharmacy, and medicine. CU's Micro/Nano initiative will focus on (1) micro/nanoscale phenomena at the interface of biology and engineering, and (2) engineering materials at the micro/nanoscale.

Partners with CU in the Micro/Nano scale initiative also include Sandia National Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other industry and academic institutions.

1. Micro/nanoscale Phenomena at the Interface of Biology and Engineering Examples

  • Nanoscale bio-molecular probles (ME/Chem/ChBE/MCDB/Aero)
  • In vivo neuronal probes (UCHSC/ME/ECE/Chem/ChBE)
  • Nano wires fabricated from biological templates (ME/MCDB)
  • Atomic layer deposition enabled nano-highways for bio-molecular motors (ME/MCDB/ChBE/Chem)
  • Trojan horse micro/nano spheres for anthrax prphylaxis (ChBE/UCHSC)
  • Integrated meuronal micro systems based biosensors (MCDB/ME)
  • Lifelog (CS/ECE/ME/UCHSC)
  • Membrane research (MAST/ChBE/ME/ECAE)

2. Engineering of Materials at the Micro/nanoscale Examples
  • VLSI on chip nanoscale wiring (ECE/ME/Chem/ChBE)
  • Nanoscale packaging for thermal management (CAMPmode)
  • Shape memory polymer composites (CAMPmode)
  • Nano electro mechanical systems (CAMPmode)
  • Carbon nanotube actuators (CAMPmode)
  • Atomic layer deposition (Chem/ChBE/CAMPmode)
  • Nanofabrication for single molecule analysis by vibrational spectroscopy (Chem)
  • Nano and micro particle synthesis and coating by supercritical fluid processing (Chem)
  • Self-organized molecular films (ChBE/Chem)
  • Solid state chemical and bio sensors (ChBE/ME)
  • Nano structured optical materials, nanoscale photonic devices and quantum well material systems (ECE)
  • Liquid crystal nanomaterials and devices (ChBE)
  • Functional materials: designed nanoscale solid-state catalysts, separation media and composites (ChBE)

CU-Boulder also received a U.S. governemnt for the creation of the DARPA Focus Center on Nanoscale Science and Technology for Integrated Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Transducers. The center is being hosted by the department of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Funding is expected to grow to more than $10 million over six years. and will come from GE, Ibiden USA, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and WiSpry have signed on as industrial sponsors, and other companies are being invited to join later.

MEMS, the multidisciplinary group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is developing novel fabrication processes and devices that advance the field of micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS). This is done through the use of atomic, nano, and micro fabrication techniques, technologies, and advanced packaging. In conjunction with modeling and simulation, researchers are able to engineer transducers, sensors, and actuators that improve capabilities and knowledge in a diverse array of disciplines that includes physics, engineering, medicine, and biology. The group also utilizes atomic layer deposition (ALD) to advance nano-fabrication such as the deposition of specialized nano coatings and functional layers.

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