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We are the Materials and Interface NanoTechnology Laboratory at the University of Maryland. The research group is led by Prof. Oded Rabin of the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.

Our mission is to understand and exploit interactions between inorganic nanoscale objects and their chemical and physical environment. Our efforts involve chemical synthesis, materials characterization, and proof-of-principle devices fabrication.


The Materials and Interface NanoTechnology Laboratory conducts research in a wide variety of topics related to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our central goal is to explore the new physics that emerges from shrinking the dimensions of materials to the nanoscale, and to identify the significance of the new science for an array of applied fields such as sensing, energy, and biomedicine.

These research activities are supported by the Office of Naval Research and the Center for Applied Electromagnetics, and by the National Science Foundation (CAREER program, Division of Materials Research).

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Below are some current and proposed research projects:

  • Directed self-assembly of silver nanocubes for SERS (Raman) sensing
  • Bulk nanostructures as improved thermoelectric materials
  • Eutectic nanowires - structure and transport
  • Nanoparticle formulations for x-ray tomography (medical imaging)
  • Nanofluidic channels

Active Projects

Jane Cornett

I am using theoretical techniques to model the thermoelectric properties of nanowires. By modeling these properties as a function of doping level, growth direction, etc. we can learn how to optimize the thermoelectric figure of merit in future experiments.

Experimentally, I am utilizing our combined PLD + Thermal Deposition vacuum system to generate interesting thermoelectric nanostructures.

Andrew Lawson

My research is focused on the field of plasmonics, an area which takes advantage of the unique interactions between light and materials at the nanoscale. Specifically, I am working on using plasmonic enhancements to improve chiral molecular spectroscopy techniques.

Xin Zhang

I study the self-assembly in block-copolymers to control nanoscale morphologies. I seek to develop potent and reliable SERS substrates made of ordered arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles.

Retired Projects

Seung Yong Lee

My research interest covers the synthesis of nanoparticles and its applications. I focus on the synthesis of silver nanocubes (AgNCs) via the polyol process and their use in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). I am investigating the relation between the structure of clusters of AgNCs and the resulting enhancement in Raman scattering. The study will identify effective ways to prepare SERS substrates for high sensitivity chemical sensing.

Keith Gregorczyk

I am working on applications of thin films of porous aluminum oxide in microfluidic devices. These films offer a highly organized geometry of hexagonal pores that have the potential for a number of applications, including: nano-filtering, templates for nano-pillars, and combinatorial synthesis.


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