The transfer of nanoscience into useful technology cannot be realized until experts understand how best to assemble and connect trillions of nanoelements, while also preventing failures and avoiding defects.

As sizes shrink to the nanoscale, conventional fabrication techniques reach their limits. To fashion methods for mass production of nanoproducts or materials, professors, researchers and students must coax nanoparticles and nanotubes into precise positions and orientations using nontraditional techniques.

Our newly-created processes can produce economical ways to create products with uniform patterns are structures. These processes can create miniature devices and sensors that can be used in a variety of applications. Nanotubes, for example, have superior electrical properties and are 100 times stronger than steel but only one-sixth its weight.

At Northeastern, researchers have access to a state-of-the-art facility. Outfitted with a comprehensive slate of up-to-date equipment for fabrication, imaging, and testing, the facility also includes space specifically designed for graduate and undergraduate research, to help train the nanoscientists of tomorrow and while also conducting research with industrial partners.

CHN research is divided into four categories.

The CHN is one of many research programs at Northeastern. At the university level, Northeastern had approximately $105 million in externally-funded research in 2012. This is double the amount from five years earlier.