Nanoelectronics, Nanobiotechnology, and Nanometrology

ONAMI and Oregon’s strong industrial and academic experience in semiconductor electronics, microscopy and microanalysis, analytical tools, and test and measurement remains engaged on key semiconductor industry challenges (new devices, more demanding measurement challenges) and is also being leveraged to enable large opportunities and confront serious measurement challenges in the emerging field of nanomedicine (the application of engineered nanomaterials and nanoscale electronic, magnetic, and optical devices for medical diagnostics and therapeutics).  The long history of equipment and instrumentation advances in the engineering and physical sciences enabling great breakthroughs in the medical and life sciences, suggest that this is a very opportune time for the physical, engineering and medical sciences to collaborate closely on developments in nanobiotechnology. Applications are emerging in single cell analysis at the point-of-use in real time for cancer and other disease diagnosis.

N3I research projects span the following areas:


  • Carbon-based nanoelectronics
  • Analog memory applications of nanoscale devices
  • Nanoscale energy conversion and storage


  • Imaging/sensing/diagnostics at the nanoscale
  • Drug delivery/cell membrane behavior
  • Intracellular behavior and regenerative medicine


  • Nanoscale optical near-field nanoscopy and photo-electron emission
  • Spatio-temporal-compositional imaging at the nanometer and femtosecond scales
  • Nanoscale electron crystallography
  • Nanoparticle characterization

Dr. John Carruthers, Distinguished Professor of Physics at Portland State University and former Director of Components Research at Intel Corporation, heads up this research collaboration.


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