Nanomaterials and nanostructures are key components in the development of nanomanufacturing technologies leading toward macroscopic system innovations that directly benefit society. They find extensive applications in the areas of electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage, sensors, environmental science, and biomedical systems.
Georgia Tech faculty are actively involved in related research, utilizing the state-of-art cleanroom and characterization facilities at the IEN to accomplish their research goals. Ongoing research by GT faculty involves synthesis of nanomaterials, emphasizing the relationships between the atomic- and microstructure, study of material properties and characterization, processing and performance of nanomaterials, development of nanogenerators and self-powered nanosystems, and graphene nanoelectronics. Active research also includes the potential applications of nanomaterials in nanomedicine, plasmonics, and nanocatalysis. In the area of biomedical engineering, research is focused e.g. on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, nano bio-photonics, and targeted therapy. Further examples of faculty research include the use of diamond coatings as a bio-barrier to prevent the body from attacking implants, and nanomaterials in tissue engineering.