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Often, the best way to explore a field such as nanotechnology is to find out more about the people who are working or studying in the field. We have gathered profiles of several individuals working at the nano scale. They are working in broad range of industries, with different backgrounds and degrees but they all are challenged and inspired by nanotechnology. Some are students who are studying nanotechnology and working on applications at their university. Select a person below to find out more about their career path and nanotechnology applications.

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Profiles in Nanotechnology

Technical University of MunichInstitute for Nanoelectronics - Germany
Director
Biology and medicine is another field where nanotechnology should have an impact. One thing for example that is coming out as positive already are biosensors and DNA screening.
 
West Virginia University - USA
Professor
Advice to students: Make sure you learn your basic sciences. Even when you are faced with complex technical challenges, it is always your basic understanding that helps you make a decision to move forward.
 
Rice University - USA
Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering
I believe that several things I have worked on in nanotechnology will directly or indirectly influence future technologies. One example is the creation of a paper battery.
 
POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) - South Korea
Assistant Professor
Advice to students: Expand your studies in physics, chemistry, and biology, and get experience working with others.
 
University of Alabama - USA
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
I am currently working on hybrid 3D nanostructures for energy harvesting, sensing, and imaging.
 
Drexel University - USA
Professor of Materials Science and EngineeringDirector of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
I teach materials science, perform research on nanomaterials and nanostructures, and coordinate research and educational activities in the broad field of nanotechnology at Drexel University.
 
Michigan State University - USA
Assistant Professor
I have a lot of collaborators from different fields, from different countries, from different universities, and with different majors. For nano you cannot survive if you know only one field.
 
Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - USA
Staff Scientist
Nanotechnology has been applied to everything from water purification, to pharmaceutical production, to lightweight composite materials, to high-tech microelectronics.
 
University of California, Riverside - USA
Professor of Electrical EngineeringChair, Materials Science and Engineering
I'm always trying to find a balance between individual and teamwork. I keep telling my students that research output of our group has to be bigger than the sum of the individual outputs.
 
University of Cincinnati - USA
Professor
After nearly 30 years of research, I am still excited about nanotechnology because new concepts and areas of research are being discovered nearly on a weekly basis.
 
Chinese University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
Professor
My team has produced a very low-cost carbon nanotube-based alcohol vapor sensor that requires less than 1000 times the power to operate than existing sensors in the market do.
 
National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) - Thailand
Researcher
My research interests focus on the design and synthesis of nanoscale architectures and study their structural dependent properties with an emphasis on electrochemical and optical applications.
 
NASA Ames Research Center - USA
Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology
Our group has developed a carbon nanotube based chemical sensor which will be commercialized in a couple of years for biomedical, security and other applications.
 
Fachhochschule Hannover - Germany
Professor of Applied Physics and Nanotechnology
With nanotechnology, I'm really working on a technology frontier. You have to immerse yourself in nanotechnology to see the new opportunities there are. And that's very exciting.
 
National Research Council - USA
Principal Research Officer
The problems we tackle are so complicated nowadays that you need lots of specialists working together to make any progress. This mix of people frequently transcends the traditional silos of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.
 
Pennsylvania State University - USA
Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences
One of my current interests is using nanotechnology in solar cells. I've been active in solar cell research for about 35 years.
 
University of Southern California - USA
Professor and Gordon Marshall Chair in Engineering
An example of nanotechnology that is beginning to be used—and will have impact very soon—is targeted drug delivery.
 
Flinders University - Australia
PhD Student
Currently my PhD is focused on increasing the efficiency of solar cells by incorporating carbon nanotubes, which are highly conductive tubes of graphite, into existing dye-sensitized solar cell design.
 
NASA Ames Research Center - USA
 
I believe that nanotechnology will lead the research and applications in biology and life science to a new arena.
 
University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory - USA
Research Assistant Professor and Guest Scientist
In the future, I believe nanotechnology will develop compact and much more efficient energy devices, such as bio-inspired or nanoparticles enhanced solar cell.
 
Nantero, Inc. - USA
Test Engineer
The most rewarding thing about working with nanotechnology is my ability to conduct scientific and engineering experiments that have likely never been performed before.
 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - USA
Laboratory Fellow and EMSL Lead Scientist, Interfacial Chemistry
Advice to students: Nanoscience and nanotechnology are inherently cross-disciplinary and you need to learn the different concepts and the languages of different sciences.
 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor
So far the greatest impact of nanotechnology has been in information technology with the realization of ultra large integrated electronic circuits made of billions of nanoscale devices that created the information revolution.
 
National Institute of Standards and Technology - USA
NIST Fellow and Executive Advisor
Nanotechnology is very diverse. You are always learning about new science, engineering, and potential applications of nanotechnology for society.
 
Cornell University - USA
Professor of Applied & Engineering Physics
I think the nano area—and research in general—is always pushing into the unknown. So in this field you're always learning new things and figuring out how to use this new information to do something useful.
 
Lockheed Martin - USA
Director, Advanced Technology
It is exciting to see new solutions to old problems. Things that we thought might never be improved are being looked at from a totally different point of view.
 
Virginia Commonwealth University - USA
Commonwealth Professor
My lab was instrumental in developing some self-assembly nanosynthesis techniques (techniques for making nanostructures by exploiting natural chemical and physical processes) that are widely used.
 
NASA Kennedy Space Center - USA
Polymer Chemist
My major focus is developing and/or enhancing polymer nanocomposite systems for space applications.
 
TE Connectivity - USA
Principal Scientist and Program Manager
The greatest impact of nanotechnology has been reigniting the imagination of scientists and engineers worldwide.
 
Australian National University - Australia
Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow; Head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics & Nanotechnology Group
Energy is beginning to be such an important issue globally and none of us have got a single solution, so it's important that we as a global community all work together to try to address some of these challenges.
 
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute - USA
President and Executive Officer
If you want to do path-breaking nanotechnology development first hand, there is no substitute for a fundamental background in the relevant science and mathematics.
 
Middle East Technical University - Turkey
Assistant Professor
We are witnessing a revolution in materials science and physics because the materials properties change when we work at the nanoscale.
 
University of Waterloo - Canada
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Micro/Nanodevices
The impact of nanotechnology will be broad and deep. I believe the field of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instrumentation will be revolutionized by nanotechnology.
 
Keithley Instruments, Inc. - USA
Senior Marketer, Scientific Research Instruments
Nanotechnology is such an exciting field. Hearing how researchers and scientists are using our equipment to help them make new discoveries constantly makes my job that much more rewarding.
 
Semiconductor Research Corporation - USA
Program Director
Nanotechnology has already become real in semiconductor chips. The iPhone has nanotechnology inside.
 
Arizona State University Lightworks - USA
Deputy Director
Nanotechnology is a very interdisciplinary field, so what's important actually is to have basic skills in math, physics, chemistry, and even biology.
 
University of Louisville - USA
Director
Future applications will involve engineered devices and sensors involving nanoscale materials and processes on flexible platforms and device fabrication on-demand and as-needed basis on a global scale.
 
 
 
 
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