Research Areas


Nanomechanics has emerged at the crossroads of classical mechanics, solid-state physics, statistical mechanics, materials science, and quantum chemistry and employs these fundamental principles in the development of nanodevices. By engineering nanomaterials for use in devices, scientists can influence drug delivery systems, force sensors for extremely small forces, and build equipment for use in the hunt for dark photons, the invisible counterpart to photons.

Chicago Quantum Exchange researchers are using nanomechanics to develop systems that can be used to create quantum materials, imaging systems, and devices. Along with computational work to study and classify nanoelectronic systems, scientists use computational and experimental work to design materials with new properties. This includes advancing different qubit platforms to solve important challenges in quantum information science, including how rare-earth atoms are being used to advance the development of efficient solid-state quantum memory, a necessary step in long-distance quantum communication. Additionally, researchers are working to engineer infrared imaging devices from nanoscale materials, which can be applied across fields such as telecommunications, optical tomography, and even explosives detection. In the realm of biology and medicine, the study of the nanomechanics of biomolecules, such as DNA or proteins, can lead to an understanding of property and function in a way that can influence drug delivery methods and future bio-diagnostics.