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Interdisciplinary Research Integrating Materials Science and Engineering  

Based on deep foundations, PRISM research is focused on emerging areas at the intersections between traditional fields, such as the hard materials/soft materials interface. The work at PRISM is led by the faculty from nearly all of the academic departments in both the natural and life sciences and engineering. Research direction at PRISM falls broadly into five emerging themes. 

Creating near-atomic scale structures exhibiting quantum processes that can lead to fundamental new properties.

Aharnov-Bohm ring GaAS/AIGaAs Heterostructure

Scalable Structures
Developing materials with complex properties and functions from the nanoscale to the large-area macroscale for a diverse set of applications.   

PolySi Circuit on Flexible Stainless Steel Foil

Photons and Light-Matter Interactions
Enabling new limits in imaging, sensing and transmission capabilities through creation of new optical sources, optical processes, and nanostructured materials. 

Quantum Cascade Laser

Bio-Nano Intersection
Using small and highly parallel structures to learn about biology on the level of a single cell through new clinical tools and probes.

Microfluidic Lab on a Chip: DNA Fractionation

Theory and Computational  
A focus on understanding the relationship between the macroscopic behavior of complex materials and their microstructures. This includes our current work on disordered and ordered particle packings, optimal multifunctional material design, and inverse optimization methods applied to self-assembly.

Self-Assembly Theory