University of California Riverside

University of California Riverside
Type Disciplines
State University Nanomaterials Quantum Dots Engineering Nanomedicine Nanotubes Chemistry
Address Postal Code
900 University Avenue 92521
City State / Province
Riverside CA
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (951) 827-5201

The University of California at Riverside has three major thrusts in the nanotechnology field: The Nano-Device Laboratory, The Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (within UC-Riverside's College of Engineering), and The Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory.

The mission of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) research group is theoretical and experimental investigation of the properties of inorganic, organic, hybrid nanostructures and development of novel electronic/optical/thermoelectric devices and circuits based on these nanostructures. The group carries out experimental research in the field of semiconductor and hybrid bio-organic-inorganic nanostructures and novel devices based on these nanostructures. Experimental research is closely correlated with the theoretical and modeling work performed in NDL.


The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering falls within the UC Riverside’s College of Engineering. Research on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is one of five major areas of the department.

The Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology group is in the university’s Department of Electrical Engineering. The group’s research interests include the development of bio-assisted assembly methods for future nanoelectronics, and synthesis and application of novel hybrid, multi-functional and complex nanoscale systems for fabrication of better displays, solar cells and for cancer therapy. Group members are coming from various backgrounds including electrical and chemical engineering and cellular biology.
  • Nanoelectronics: In this area, efforts have focused on the studies related to the bio-assisted assembly of electronics and synthesis and fabrication of hybrid (organic/inorganic) devices. Some of the current device applications being worked on are carbon nanotube based two- and three-terminal devices.
  • Bionanotechnology: In this theme, nanoscale probes are developed for visualization of small molecules such as DNA, RNA, drug molecules and proteins. To this end hybrid molecular beacons are synthesized for multiplexed detection of specific nucleic acid sequences. In parallel with collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute, multi-functional nanoparticles are synthesized for cancer therapy.

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