Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.The University of Pittsburgh Nanoscale Fabrication & Characterization Facility (NFCF) is designed to support fabrication and characterization of nanoscale materials and structures, and integration of devices at all length scales. The facility houses advanced equipment with core nano-level (20 nm or below) capability for fabrication and characterization, including electron-beam lithography system, dual-beam system, plasma etching, thin film deposition, TEM, multifunctional scanning probe station, modular XRD, etc.

Mostafa Bedewy

In the NanoProduct Lab (Bedewy Research Group), we leverage precision engineering, biomimetic/bio-inspired designs, and quantitative tools to tackle fundamental research questions at the interface between nanoscience, biotechnology, and manufacturing engineering. Bridging the gap between promising proof-of-concept results (in lab-scale environment) and mass-produced products (in industry), our work aims at creating novel solutions that impact major societal challenges in areas related to energy, healthcare, and the environment.

Kevin Chen

Dr. Kevin Chen's research focuses on scalable 3D laser manufacturing from nanoscale to macroscale. Sensor fused additive manufacturing.

Tevis Jacobs

Our group focuses on mechanics, tribology, and functional properties of surfaces and small-scale structures. We use novel combinations of in situ electron microscopy, multi-scale mechanical testing, and scanning probe microscopy to characterize components from the nanoscale to the macroscale.

Prashant Kumta

Work in Professor Prashant N. Kumta’s laboratory focuses on innovative synthesis, fabrication and additive manufacturing of novel materials and architectures for energy and biotechnologies. Specifically, research is directed at fundamental characterization and obtaining a scientific understanding of structure and property relationships of novel materials and platforms for batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysts, degradable scaffolds, functionalization of scaffolds for tissue regeneration, drug and protein delivery, non-viral gene delivery, as well as embryonic stem cell differentiation.

Sangyeop Lee

Dr. Sangyeop Lee as studied nano-to-microscale thermal transport using theory and simulation. Current focus is on the thermal transport during phase transition.

Paul Leu

The Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Pittsburgh (LAMP) focuses on (1) Photonics and Energy and (2) Multifunctional Surfaces.

Ravi Shankar

Shankar’s research is at the nexus of material, microstructural and mechanical design to realize systems with unprecedented functionalities. His research includes, development of nanocrystalline materials and microstructural gradients in metallic materials to endow improved manufacturability and functional properties such as biocompatibility, corrosion resistance and tribological properties. He also pioneered new classes of materials and designs that offer direct conversion of light into mechanical actuation to enable devices that can be powered and controlled remotely with photonic energy. In the additive manufacturing domain, his research on metallic materials has identified interlinkages between residual stresses, part distortion and DMLS process parameters. In polymeric systems, he is exploring frameworks for programming materials at the molecular level in macroscopic freeforms to enable new classes of morphing structures and manipulators that can be powered and controlled using otherwise unstructured ambient stimuli such as heat, light, solvents etc.