Nanomaterials-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


A strong and broad portfolio exists in Nanomaterials research at Carnegie Mellon, which aims to develop the deliberate design, synthesis, self-assembly, and processing of nanostructured materials to create novel properties or processes. This research crosscuts efforts in other areas, including electronic, magnetic, and soft materials, as well as microstructural science and materials for energy- all of which benefit greatly from nanomaterials. A significant overlap exists with the Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT), which is especially interested in developing nano-enabled sensor and energy technologies, such as chemical and biological sensors, physical sensors, imaging sensors, clean energy generation, conversion, and storage. Examples of ongoing projects explore the generation of hydrogen as a fuel, novel fuel cell technologies, and the use of spectrally broadband photovoltaic cells for solar energy conversion. Other examples are focused on information technologies—including materials, devices, and sub-systems for electronic and photonic information manipulation, as well as magnetic data storage systems.