Our commitment is to develop the NanoEngineering discipline by combining nanoscience and biophysics with engineering to propose innovative architectural concepts and systems specifically tailored to address technological and scientific challenges in energy, environment, biology and human welfare.
Our mission is threefold: (1) develop a fundamental understanding in basic and applied research including advanced materials, nanosystems and nanobiodevices; (2) provide innovation and support industrial development for various applications; (3) promote micro- and nano-technologies through education.
Our expertise encompasses a multidisciplinary spectrum spanning:
Experimental nanosciences. Fundamental researches in nano-objects and nano-materials, fluidics, atomic scale processing, and heterogeneous assembly techniques are carried out for building multiscale and multifunctional systems. We gather know-how at the crossroads of solid-phase physics, liquid-phase physics, and solid-liquid interface sciences.
Nanotechnology Modeling. Our developments are supported by innovative atomistic and multiscale modeling and simulation tools, which aim to provide a rational understanding of the experimental processes in nanotechnologies.
- Systems integration. We design and implement large-scale integrated micro-systems.
Atomistic and multiscale modeling and simulations
We develop new models to elucidate the basic mechanisms of nanotechnology processes based on: (1) Density Functional Theory-based calculations to unravel molecular chemistry; (2) Kinetic Monte Carlo models to allow for the atomic scale simulation of complete technological processes; and (3) Specific tools to describe biomolecules and their interactions. The research topics are:
Nanoengineering of solids, liquids, and their interfaces
We develop novel assembly and patterning techniques based on nanotechnologies, nanofluidics, and DNA technologies to create nanoscale materials/devices designed to interact with inorganic materials or organic molecules. We also design and prototype novel devices built on the unique properties of nanoscale materials and/or biological molecules. Research topics are:
Integration and applications
We design and implement large-scale multifunctional Microsystems, as well as new integration and packaging solutions for industrial applications. We also propose novel heterogeneous architectures and systems (from micro to large-scale), which are obtained from conventional microfabrication technologies in combination to nanoengineered advanced functionalities. The research topics are: