Research Overview

Colloidal Sized Machines – Extending nanoelectronics into traditionally inaccessible locations using microparticle devices represent an emerging field at the crossing point of materials science and electrical engineering. The ability to interface electronic platforms with the environment addresses several key challenges that we face today (such as remote autonomous sensing and integration of local objects into a global digital network), as well as opening up possibilities for the next generation smart micro-biomedical devices.

Thermal Energy Harvesting – The increasing demand of clean energy has inspired substantial effort in developing renewable energy harvesting technologies. Interestingly, transient temperature variations in the environment are a potential source of thermal energy that have been relatively unexplored. [Read More]

Transport Through Nanopores – Nanosized pores are omnipresent in nature and central to many biological processes. Their importance to the functioning of cells is difficult to overestimate. Thus is their promise for applications: selective sieving of gas molecules, DNA sequencing, nano-nozzle assisted patterning, just to mention a few. [Read More]


Plant Nanobionics – This strategy utilizes nanoparticles to engineer living plants with new functionality such as Light Emitting Plant (LEP). The current work introduces an additional nanoparticle designed to augment plant light emission in the form of strontium aluminate nanoparticles as nanophosphore elements. [Read More] [Watch a video]



In-Vivo Implantable Nanosensors

Iverson, N. M., Barone, P. W., Shandell, M., Trudel, L. J., Sen, S., Sen, F., … & Strano, M. S. (2013). In vivo biosensing via tissue-localizable near-infrared-fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nature nanotechnology8(11), 873-880.  [Read More]

Corona Phase Molecular Recognition (CoPhMoRe)
Zhang, J., Landry, M. P., Barone, P. W., Kim, J. H., Lin, S., Ulissi, Z. W., … & Strano, M. S. (2013). Molecular recognition using corona phase complexes made of synthetic polymers adsorbed on carbon nanotubes. Nature nanotechnology8(12), 959-968. [Read More]

Design and Application of Nanosensor Arrays

Jin, H., Heller, D. A., Kalbacova, M., Kim, J. H., Zhang, J., Boghossian, A. A., … & Strano, M. S. (2010). Detection of single-molecule H2O2 signalling from epidermal growth factor receptor using fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nature Nanotechnology5(4), 302-309. [Read More]

Exciton Engineering of Nanosystems

Bellisario, D. O., Jain, R. M., Ulissi, Z., & Strano, M. S. (2014). Deterministic modelling of carbon nanotube near-infrared solar cells. Energy & Environmental Science7(11), 3769-3781. [Read More]

Next Generation Nanocomposite Systems

Liu, P., Wetzel, Eric D., Walsh, S., & Strano, M.S. (Submitted) Towards Ambient Armor: Can New Materials Change Longstanding Concepts of Projectile Protection.  [Read More]

Understanding 2D Materials

Son, Y., Wang, Q. H., Paulson, J. A., Shih, C. J., Rajan, A. G., Tvrdy, K., … & Strano, M. S. (2015). Layer Number Dependence of MoS2 Photoconductivity Using Photocurrent Spectral Atomic Force Microscopic Imaging. ACS nano,9(3), 2843-2855. [Read More]


Thermal Engineering and Nanoenergetics

Choi, W., Hong, S., Abrahamson, J. T., Han, J. H., Song, C., Nair, N., … & Strano, M. S. (2010). Chemically driven carbon-nanotube-guided thermopower waves. Nature materials9(5), 423-429. [Read More]