We are interested in the areas of micro and nano-manufacturing, functional nanomaterials, and device design and fabrication for micro/nanosystems. Individual nanomaterials exhibit superior electronic, mechanical, and optical properties compared to their bulk counterpart, but when assembled into a device or system, their salient features are often compromised due to the lack of a suitable fabrication process. One of our research foci is to develop scalable nanomanufacturing technology to place nanomaterials, especially 1D nanomaterials (e.g.
Xidex manufactures and sells the NanoBot® system, an easy-to-use, highly versatile, user programmable nanomanipulator featuring specialized end-effectors for nanodevice fabrication and testing inside scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and focused ion beam (FIB) tools. Xidex's Parallel Gas Injection System (PGIS) is available for use with the NanoBot nanomanipulator.