UMass Amherst

TRG 1: Nanoscale Materials and Processes

This Technical Research Group is concerned with research enabling innovative design, fabrication, and integration of new nanoscale materials and structures, particularly through bottom-up processes, in collaboration with industry for wide application in manufactured products and industrial processes. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a pioneer in bottom-up nanofabrication techniques such as self-assembly of highly-ordered nanoarrays using block copolymer templates. Also among the many facets of active research in this arena are significant research programs in the use of supercritical fluids for materials deposition, fabrication of nanoporous engineered materials, and functionalization of nanoparticles and quantum dots.

Study Areas

  • Bottom up Processing/Molecular Self Assembly
  • Nanoparticles
  • Materials Deposition at the Nanoscale
  • Templating Nanostructures
  • Supercritical Fluid Processing
  • Micro/Mesoporous Materials
  • Micro/Nanomechanics

Application Targets

  • Microelectronic Devices
  • Data Storage
  • Microfluidics
  • Fuel Cells
  • Catalysis/Separations
  • Durability/Reliability of NEMS/MEMS

Group Leaders

  • James Watkins
  • Thomas Russell

Affiliated Faculty

  • Scott M. Auerbach
  • Kenneth Carter
  • William C. Conner
  • E. Bryan Coughlin
  • Alfred Crosby
  • Jeffrey M. Davis
  • Seshu B. Desu
  • Anthony D. Dinsmore
  • Todd S. Emrick
  • Samuel P.Gido
  • Robert W. Hyers
  • Byung H. Kim
  • Dimitrios Maroudas
  • Thomas J. McCarthy
  • Peter A. Monson
  • Shantikumar Nair
  • Evgenia Pekarskaya
  • Vincent M. Rotello
  • Jonathan Rothstein
  • Maria Santore
  • Dhanasekar Thirunavukkarasu
  • Sankaran Thayumanavan
  • John E. Tobiason
  • Mark Tuominen
  • Robert Weis
  • Jochen Weiss
  • Phillip R. Westmoreland
  • H. Henning Winter
  • Sigfrid Yngvesson