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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Lab-to-marketplace translational research in nanoscience and nanotechnology

Silicon has been the long-reigning candidate in electronics for several decades, but researchers like IMSE’s Suprem Das are ready to change that. Novel manufacturing processes are paving the way for more energy efficient, flexible and environmentally-friendly materials with exciting applications in wearable electronics; biological, electrochemical and electronic sensors; paper-based electronics; energy storage systems and more.

Das is particularly interested in carbon nanomaterials, including graphene, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. He is also exploring other interesting 2- and 1-dimensional materials and devices. Most research in these areas has so far focused on the fundamental physics of these materials at micro- and nanoscale.

Das and his research team are working to bridge the gap between basic science and applications by pioneering innovations in the lab and translating the research for scalable marketplace applications. His methods range from additive manufacturing to chemical vapor deposition to manufacture materials, along with surface nanostructuring using photon energy.

Recent Accomplishments

In a project featured by the Electrochemical Society, Das’ research team was able to manufacture inkjet-printed graphene that is uniquely nanostructured using a pulsed laser, enabling the treatment of multi-layer graphene electrical circuits and electrodes without damaging fragile printing surfaces. The method could pave the way for commercialized manufacturing of graphene.

Additional research interests and projects

  • Electronic transport physics in micro/nanoscale materials and devices
  • Devise methods to manufacture energy storage devices using graphene
  • Carbon nanomaterial-based sensors
  • Find creative ways to bring research into the classroom and empower younger generations in interdisciplinary STEM research