Carnegie Mellon University



In 1995, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), one of the most effective methods of polymerization, was invented at MCS. ATRP allows scientists to control the molecular structure of polymers at the nanoscale, giving them the ability to create advanced materials with precisely defined properties and functionalities. Learn more about our ATRP research.

NanowiresMCS chemists are using nanotechnology to develop new, conductive organic materials that can be used to produce inexpensive and easily processable electronics for use in highly specialized applications. Learn more about our polymer research.

magnetic nanoMCS physicists are investigating magnetic nanocrystals and nanocomposites for use in a variety of fields including data storage, robotics and biomedical applications. Learn more about our magnetic nanoparticle research.

gold nanoparticleMCS chemists are creating some of the smallest nanoparticles ranging from a mere 1 to 100 nanometers in size.  The tiny clusters of atoms, which have unique molecular properties, are being investigated use in catalysis, optics, chemical and biological sensors, and solar cell technologies. Learn more about our nanocluster and nanocrystal research.

nanoporous materialsMCS Researchers are creating nanoporous materials to create semiconductors that have far-reaching capabilities. The nanoporous materials can be used in light emitters, sensors and transitors; as catalysts and in fuel cells; and in biomedical sensors. Learn more about our nanoporous materials research.

CNASTMCS researchers are pioneers in the field of nucleic acid research, synthesizing nucleic acids that have applications that far exceed their intended biological functions. Researchers are developing peptide nucleic acids that can be used in electronics, pharmaceuticals, biosensors and imaging applications. Learn more at the Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology.

Read more in the article "It's in our DNA" in Science Connection.