Micro/Nano Engineering


The micro/nano engineering research group works on a wide spectrum of technological and scientific problems related to small-scale materials, devices and biological systems. 


  • Nano Manufacturing
  • Self-assembly
  • Quantum mechanics simulation
  • Applications of nanomaterials
  • Development of novel microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for microfluidics
  • Data storage
  • Micro-optics
  • Bio-sensory, medical diagnosis
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Energy harvesting
  • Fundamental studies of the single molecular level mechanics of DNA and protein molecules

Recent News

As research begins to ramp back up in G.G. Brown, we find out how faculty and students are making changes to safely re-enter their workspace.

Two graduate students develop a new calorimeter tool that increases the measurement sensitivity of metabolic heat output ten-fold.

This award, endowed by engineering alumnus Larry Miller, is set up to recognize junior faculty members.

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. We seek to support students working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.

Lightening the weight of the machines that move people by land, sea and air is beneficial for many reasons, including improved fuel efficiency and the ability to carry higher payloads or added safety systems. A 10% reduction in the weight of a passenger car, for instance, leads to about a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

This award is presented annually to senior graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in an area of applied mechanics.