Oleg Gang explores the behavior of soft and biomolecular systems and develops novel nanomaterial fabrication strategies based on self-organization. His research interests cover nanoparticle assembly and functionality, polymers and biopolymers, hybrid systems built from bioderived and nanoscale components, liquids, and colloidal phenomena. To probe materials in relevant environments, in action and in 3D, Gang uses a broad range of methods, including synchrotron techniques and nanoscale imaging...
Assistant Professor; Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Ke's research is highly interdisciplinary combining chemistry, biology, physics, material science, and engineering. The overall mission of his research is to use interdisciplinary research tools to program nucleic-acid-based "beautiful structures and smart devices" at nanoscale, and use them for scientific exploration and technological applications. Specifically, his team focuses on (1) developing new DNA self-assembly paradigms for constructing DNA...
Kunyu Wang is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University. He received B.Sc. in Chemistry (Po-Ling class) from Nankai University in 2018, where he studied metal−organic frameworks under the guidance of Prof. Wei Shi. In 2017, he went to Northwestern University as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. T. David Harris' group to study semiquinoid molecular magnets. In 2018, Kunyu joined Prof. Hong-Cai Zhou's research group at Texas A&M University. His research interest now focuses on novel strategies to design multi-component and hierarchical metal−organic frameworks...
Copp earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2011. She then completed her master’s degree (2013) and doctorate (2016) in physics at UC Santa Barbara. Copp studies how soft-matter building blocks can be used to build novel nanomaterials that generate and/or control light, with an aim to revolutionize technologies in energy and medicine. At UCI, her lab focuses on block copolymer-directed assembly of photonic nanomaterials and on ...
Stephane Redon is co-founder and CEO of OneAngstrom, the developers of the SAMSON platform for molecular design: https://www.samson-connect.net. Until September 2018, Stephane was a senior researcher at Inria and the leader of the NANO-D group that he started in 2008 to develop algorithms for nanoscience. His research has been funded by Inria, ANR and the European Research Council. He has been teaching at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris since 2005, where he is still a part-time professor...
What are you proposing to do?
We want to establish a 3D nanofabrication platform for massively parallel manufacturing of designed functional nanoscale materials/devices.
How is it done today?
Current top-down approaches such as nano-lithography are inherently planar and suffer from limited throughput and restricted material options. 3D printing struggles to achieve high resolution and offers a limited material choice and throughput. Molecular beam epitaxy is exceedingly slow and works with a limited material repertoire.
What is new in your approach?
We will be reverse engineering self-assembled architectures to create the desired function, and decoupling the assembly process from the nature of the component. We will also encode functional nanocomponents and encode a connectivity of nanoscale modules.
If you are successful, what difference will it make?
We can create optically active materials which are required to bridge nanoscale-photonic systems. We could enable negative refraction index material, metamaterials, modular nanoreactors and factories, and optical computing.
Cost and timeline?
We expect it to take $10M over 4 years.
What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?
In the midterm, we only need to see a prototype structure. For the final exam, we would have a coarse grained model block with a computational design workflow.