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.

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts works with a PhD student in her lab

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 was named Senior Associate Dean for Education and Learning Innovation.

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts was elected to the Bass Society of Fellows for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Aaron Franklin

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

WaSH-AID team members

Expanding Access to Clean, Safe Sanitation Options

Duke University Center for WaSH-AID develops user-focused technology to solve water, sanitation and hygiene problems worldwide

finger with electrode and lit LED

Printed Electronics Open Way for Electrified Tattoos and Personalized Biosensors

The first demonstration of a fully print-in-place electronics technique is gentle enough to work on surfaces as delicate as human skin and paper

artist representation of microparticles floating in water

Custom Silicon Microparticles Dynamically Reconfigure On Demand

First demonstration of self-assembling and self-disassembling silicon microparticles could form the basis for designing artificial muscles and reconfigurable computer systems

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