Micro-/Nano-electronics and Sensors

We’re building ultra-small hardware to support giant leaps in digital capabilities.

The next big innovations in electronics are going to be tiny, and we’re pushing the limits of miniaturizing the complex network of electronics that will power the next generation of digital devices, from smartphones to sensors to biomedical implants.  

We’re building keener sensors capable of picking up data from ever-smaller sample sizes, leading to more efficient, less invasive testing. And we’re exploring new materials to make electronic systems more resilient and capable of performing in the most demanding environments--from inside the human body to the furthest reaches of outer space. 

Institutes, centers and labs related to Micro-/Nano-electronics and Sensors

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BioMicroSystems Laboratory

Develops next-generation implantable device technologies to restore human function by interfacing with the nervous system, and point-of-care monitoring platforms for personalized healthcare.

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Integrated Circuits and Sensor Physics Lab

Explores novel sensor physics and electronics to create precise, miniaturized and low-cost instrumentation that closely integrates sensing, computation and actuation.

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Feng Research Group

Develops nanoscale devices for computing building blocks using emerging semiconductors, as well as silicon carbide materials, hardware for harsh environments, and biomedical, photonic and quantum technologies.


Capadona Lab

Studies the conditions that lead to neural implant failure and explores avenues to improve performance of these devices.

Faculty who conduct research in Micro-/Nano-electronics and Sensors

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Rigoberto Advincula

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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Rohan Akolkar

F. Alex Nason Chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar for Advanced Energy Research
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Develops new electrochemical processes for applications including nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors

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Eric Baer

Distinguished University Professor
Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials

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Harihara Baskaran

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Understands and solves problems in biology and medicine using transport principles

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Jeff Capadona

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Engineers biomaterials-based strategies to improve the performance and longevity of central nervous system implanted devices

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Philip Feng

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Explores fundamental physics and new engineering of nanoscale solid-state structures and devices

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Umut Gurkan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Improves human health via research in cell mechanics to develop biosensors and point-of-care systems

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Chung-Chiun Liu

Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology & Control
Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director, Electronics Design Center

Develops chemical and biomedical sensors for single-use, cost-effective measurements

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Soumyajit Mandal

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Researches integrated circuits and systems, sensor physics, biomedical and bio-inspired electronics, measurement and instrumentation

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Heidi Martin

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Develops diamond electrodes for electrochemical and neural device applications

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Cameron McIntyre

School of Medicine campus
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Engineers the next generation of neuromodulation technology

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Mehran Mehregany

Director, CSE San Diego Programs
Veale Professor of Wireless Health Innovation
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops MEMS and sensors monitoring the status and health of machines and humans

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Pedram Mohseni

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Creates next-generation, integrated instruments for neural engineering and point-of-care (POC) health diagnostics

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Vikas Prakash

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Engineers lithium-metal batteries, designs carbon nanomaterial composites for aerospace applications, and develops characterization techniques form materials subjected to multi-axial thermo-mechanical extremes

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Daniel Saab

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Models and simulates digital systems, and verifies integrated circuit designs

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Chris Zorman

Interim Associate Dean, Research
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Microfabrication Laboratory
Director, APT Center

Develops materials and processing techniques for microsystems, especially for challenging applications