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Laboratories and Facilities

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Nano Research Center
Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC)

Design for the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC) began in 2004, with the Center expected to open its doors in 2008. The 160,000-square-foot Center will be the most advanced nanotechnology facility in the Southeast, the first of its kind in the region, and will be one of the most sophisticated in the country. The Center will feature 30,000 square feet of clean rooms critical to research and instruction in microelectronics, semi-conductors, materials, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, offering access to nanotechnology tools to researchers from other Georgia universities as well as industry partners.

Center for Computational Materials Science

Center for Computational Materials Science

Uzi Landman, Director

Georgia Tech's Center for Computational Materials Science in the School of Physics has a simple goal that is difficult to achieve: to model the real world by computer in a reasonable amount of time. To accomplish this goal, eminent scientists like Dr. Uzi Landman use computer simulations to research projects in nanotechnology and other cutting-edge materials fields.

Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies

Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies

Tom Fuller, Director; Meilin Liu, Co-director

The Georgia Tech Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies is a multidisciplinary catalyst for developing revolutionary fuel cell and battery technologies. The Center creates partnerships with leading industry and government organizations and educates industry professionals and students while serving as a magnet for economic development. Center nanoscience and nanotechnology research highlights include a study predicting the unique properties of silicon nanowires and an electrodeposition process that creates nanoporous structures for improved fuel cells, batteries, and sensors.

Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Z.L. Wang, Director

The Georgia Tech Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is a nanoscience and nanotechnology research group in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Recent Center research has focused on the fundamental science in the physical and chemical processes in nanomaterials growth, nanosystems' unique properties, novel in-situ measurement techniques, and new applications of nano-scale objects.

Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication (CNCF)

Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication (CNCF)

Z.L. Wang, Director

The Georgia Tech Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication (CNCF) in the School of Materials Science and Engineering is a multi-user nanoscience and nanotechnology research facility. The CNCF's mission is to provide the Georgia Tech campus with state-of-the-art nanostructure tools for performing advanced research on a variety of materials.

Center for Organic Photonics & Electronics

Center for Organic Photonics & Electronics

Seth Marder, Director

The Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) was established at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 with a vision of becoming a leading resource for research, education, and innovation in the field of organic photonics and electronics.

Center for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology (CREST)

Center for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology (CREST)

Krishna V. Palem, Director

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Center for Research on Embedded Systems and Technology (CREST) focus on innovative design automation using architecture-level design space exploration. Center research includes the study of compiler optimizations as a tool for designing workload specific architectures and integration with front-end system specification, verification flows, and back-end hardware/software design activities.

Complex Systems Design Automation Group

Complex Systems Design Automation Group

The Georgia Tech Complex Systems Design Automation Group in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to developing computational design tools and methodologies to facilitate the rapid development of complex systems, including microsystems and nanosystems.

Electron Miscroscopy Center

Electron Miscroscopy Center

Z.L. Wang, Director

Established in 1999, the Georgia Tech Electron Microscopy Center links numerous research programs and groups on Tech's campus and is quickly becoming a center for education and collaboration. The Center is operated by the School of Materials Science and Engineering and is open to all faculty and students of Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues

Electron Miscroscopy Center

Robert M. Nerem, Director

The Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for the Engineering of Living Tissues was established in 1998 by the National Science Foundation as an Engineering Research Center with the mission to be the leader in the development of critical core technologies and an educated workforce that will enable the development of tissue engineering, revolutionize the medical implant industry, and in the process, help confront the transplantation crisis. GTEC is a unique partnership between Georgia Tech and the Emory University School of Medicine.

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Steven E. Cross, Director

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is Georgia Tech's nonprofit applied research arm. At GTRI, approximately 1,200 employees perform or support more than $100 million in research yearly for more than 200 clients in industry and government. Recent nanotechnology breakthroughs supported by GTRI include carbon nanotube structures that could provide more efficient solar power for soldiers.

Georgia Research Alliance (GRA)

Georgia Research Alliance (GRA)

The vision of Georgia's business leaders, the Georgia Research Alliance is a private, nonprofit corporation. Its Board of Trustees is drawn from the top levels of some of the state's largest corporations and its university partners. With a rich background and history, the Alliance continually works with its university partners, including Georgia Tech, to pinpoint those areas of research and development that have the greatest potential for building a vibrant and sustained, technology-rich economy for Georgia.

Laser Dynamics Laboratories (LDL)

Laser Dynamics Laboratories (LDL)

Mostafa El-Sayed, Director

Georgia Tech's Laser Dynamics Laboratory (LDL) houses the most recent lasers and laser spectroscopic equipment for time-resolved studies. Present nanoscience research interests include: the properties of material confined in time and space of different shape; ultrafast electron-hole dynamics in semiconductor nanoparticles; the shape control synthesis and stability of metallic nanoparticles; the photothermal stability of metallic nanoparticles; the optical and electrical characterization of assembled metallic nanoparticle arrays; and the dependence of catalytic efficiency on metallic nanoparticle shapes.

The Lyon Group: Soft Materials Chemistry and Physics

The Lyon Group: Soft Materials Chemistry and Physics

Andrew Lyon, Director

The Georgia Tech Lyon Group in Soft Materials Chemistry and Physics is concerned with numerous aspects of materials chemistry, including the preparation of smart, multi-responsive hydrogel nanoparticles; the investigation of nanoparticle bioconjugate synthesis; the study of the fundamentals in hydrogel phase transitions in core/shell structured nanoparticles; and the optical and mechanical properties of ordered hydrogel nanoparticle arrays.

Microelectronics/Microsystems Technical Interest Group

Microelectronics/Microsystems Technical Interest Group

Mark Allen, and Paul Kohl, Directors

Researchers at Georgia Tech's Microelectronics/Microsystems Technical Interest Group in the School of Electrical and Computing Engineering are internationally recognized for their leadership in research and education. The Group is affiliated with three world-class Georgia Tech research centers that play a defining role in microelectronics and microsystems, including nanosystems.

Microelectronics Research Center (MiRC)

Microelectronics Research Center (MiRC)

James D. Meindl, Director

More than fifty faculty members and 120 graduate students conduct research at Georgia Tech's 100,000-square-foot Microelectronics Research Center (MiRC), which provides expertise, facilities, infrastructure, and teaming environments to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research in microelectronics, integrated optoelectronics, and microsensors and actuators. MiRC's nanotechnology initiatives include work with The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an integrated networked partnership of user facilities supported by the National Science Foundation that serves the needs of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology researchers.

Molecular Design Institute (MDI)

Molecular Design Institute (MDI)

William S. Rees Jr., Director

Georgia Tech's Molecular Design Institute (MDI) is a multi-institutional consortium funded by the Office of Naval Research, Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), and its members. Broadly representing the disciplines of Georgia Tech, MDI was established in 1995 to bring researchers together to focus on education to meet the challenges of designed materials. MDI is one of only two such Institutes created in the U.S., and the only one centered in an educational institution.

The NanoChBE Group

The NanoChBE Group

Amyn Teja, Coordinator

The NanoChBE Group in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering focuses on several aspects of nanotechnology, including the synthesis, characterization, and properties of nanomaterials for energy applications, and the development of nanostructures via patterning and thin film deposition. Some recent achievements of the group include the development of nanoporous hybrid membranes for natural gas separations, novel heat transfer fluids containing dispersed nanoparticles, and new photoresist materials for sub-100 nm lithography.

Nanoscale Thermal Processing Laboratory

Nanoscale Thermal Processing Laboratory

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Nanoscale Thermal Processing Laboratory in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering design, fabricate, and use tools for thermal and thermomechanical processing at micrometer and nanometer length scales. Laboratory Research involves the use of atomic force microscopy and nanoimprint lithography for thermal and thermomechanical modification of surfaces.

Nanostructure Optoelectronics Group

Nanostructure Optoelectronics Group

Thomas K. Gaylord, Director

Georgia Tech's Nanostructure Optoelectronics Group is part of an academic program initiative by the Georgia Tech Foundation. Group research topics include semiconductor materials, quantum structures, and optics. In conjunction with the Microelectronics Research Center, facilities are available for mask-making, photo and electron-beam lithography, diffusion, evaporation, reactive ion etching, and electrical and optical testing. In addition, an Optoelectronics Laboratory has been developed specifically for this group.

Nanostructure Research Laboratory

Nanostructure Research Laboratory

Robert L. Whetten, Principal Investigator

The Georgia Tech Nanostructure Research Laboratory is located in the School of Physics. The researchers' main focus is the synthesis and characterization of nanometer- scale crystalline molecules (nanocrystals), or what is known as highly-oriented molecular nanocrystalline arrays.

Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics Research Group

Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics Research Group

Michael Chapman, Director

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics Research Group are focused on investigating the quantum behavior of atoms and photons, often at the single-particle level. Researchers employ lasers to confine and cool atoms to nano-Kelvin temperatures for use in studies of fundamental atom-photon interactions, atom optics and interferometry, and quantum computing and communication.

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