chip in Stiff-Roberts lab

Nanoelectronic Materials & Devices

Structuring materials and particles at the tiniest of scales can imbue them with unique optical, electronic or mechanical properties—engineers in Duke ECE are making them stimuli-responsive, antimicrobial and superhydrophilic, for example. We are also working to create self-assembling electronic devices and printed biosensors, and exploring the potential of novel electronic materials and films to enable next-generation solar cells, infrared photodetectors, photo-electro chemical cells and superconductors.

graduate student with PSPAM project

Research Areas

  • Laser evaporation technology
  • Nanoscale transistors
  • Nanoscale transport and interfaces
  • Dynamic assembly of silicon particles
  • Hybrid nanocomposites
  • Nanomaterial-enabled electronic devices
  • Computational and compressive sensing and measurement
  • Nanofabrication
  • Printed and thin-film electronics
  • Heterogeneous integration

Centers and Consortiums

Duke University SMIF - Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility

RTNN - Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network


Good to Know

Jeff Glass

Jeff Glass has been named interim dean of Duke Engineering, effective July 1, 2021

Aaron Franklin

Aaron Franklin’s sensor start-up Tyrata secured $4.5M in Series A funding.

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

The Intersection of Electrical Engineering and Materials Design

In this Q&A, professor Adrienne Stiff-Roberts explains how electrical engineering and materials research intersect, and talks about the multidisciplinary approach that makes Duke special

clean room at SMIF

NSF Renews Support for RTNN

$5.5 million in continued funding from the NSF will allow the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network to offer nanotechnology facililties, expertise and educational opportunities

What looks like a tangled mess of furry spaghetti strands in black and white

Stretchable Supercapacitors to Power Tomorrow’s Wearable Devices

Researchers demonstrate robust supercapacitors that still work when stretched to eight times their original size

Associated Faculty

April S. Brown

April S. Brown

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Richard B. Fair

Richard B. Fair

Lord-Chandran Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip applications based on electrowetting technology

Aaron D. Franklin

Aaron D. Franklin

Addy Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nanomaterials in electronic devices, nanofabrication, printed electronics and internet of things (IoT), biosensing

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Electronic materials and the associated devices/instruments improved by these materials, especially electrode applications in miniature mass spectrometry, energy conversion and storage and liquid waste disinfection for developing regions. Electrochemical measurements and [...]

Nan Marie Jokerst

Nan Marie Jokerst

J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor

Research Interests: Thin-film deposition, MAPLE, hybrid perovskites, hybrid nanocomposites, organic thin films