Creating 3D Crystalline Nanostructures Using an Electric Field

Ahmed Busnaina and Siva Somu

MIE Professor Ahmed Busnaina & Director of the Kostas Nanoscale Research Center Siva Somu were awarded a patent for “Three-dimensional crystalline, homogeneous, and hybrid nanostructures fabricated by electric field directed assembly of nanoelements.”

Abstract Source: USPTO

A variety of homogeneous or layered hybrid nanostructures are fabricated by electric field-directed assembly of nanoelements. The nanoelements and the fabricated nanostructures can be conducting, semi-conducting, or insulating, or any combination thereof. Factors for enhancing the assembly process are identified, including optimization of the electric field and combined dielectrophoretic and electrophoretic forces to drive assembly. The fabrication methods are rapid and scalable. The resulting nanostructures have electrical and optical properties that render them highly useful in nanoscale electronics, optics, and biosensors.

Related Faculty: Ahmed Busnaina, Sivasubramanian Somu

Related Departments:Mechanical & Industrial Engineering