- Ever wonder if a cm³ of material would behave the same if the size were made a million times smaller in all directions?
- Well, how would you make such a small structure?
- Even if you did, how would you examine it (to get yourself out of your state of perpetual wondering)?
- Ah! What use would knowing be anyway?
We are an inter-disciplinary group of curious people exploring some of the mysteries and applications of quantum nanostructures. We exploit Nature's ways, dubbed self-assembly, to create 3-dimensionally confined nanoscale semiconductor volumes called quantum dots (QDs) and hybrid abiotic (semiconductor)-biotic (peptide, protein, cell)-quantum dot integrated structures. And we study their electronic properties.
Such nanostructures are at the core of the emerging nanotechnology at the intersection of the information and biological sciences. Our applications interests range from electronic and optoelectronic devices (transistors, resonant tunneling diodes, light emitting diodes, lasers, and detectors) for information processing, communication, and computing to biochemical sensors and intelligent bio-mimetic coatings for neural prostheses.