Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center

Mission: To understand and manipulate the transport of electrons through molecules and molecular assemblies on a nanometer scale

As the ability to create faster and smarter silicon based devices approaches its finite limits, the world has turned to nanoscience to continue the information processing evolution. Nanoscience involves the study and observation of phenomena on the dimensional scale of nanometers, a unit measuring one billionth of a meter (3 - 4 atoms wide). Mastery of this field is essential in order to create smarter, faster and cheaper computer based products beyond the next decade.

With this important task in mind, The Columbia University Nanocenter's goal is to establish new paradigms for information processing using the characteristics of electron transport unique to nanoscale molecular structures. Founded in 2001, the Nanocenter draws upon years of experience in chemical synthesis to design molecular structures with carefully crafted properties. This work has the potential to impact major disciplines in addition to electronics including photonics, biology, neuroscience and medicine.




This website is based on work supported primarily by the NSEC Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) under AwardNumbers CHE-0117752 and CHE-0641523 with additional support provided by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF or NYSTAR.