Friday, October 23, 2009 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Room 610, M&M Building
Prof. Craig Friedrich
Department of Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
The integration of opto-electrical transduction protein with inorganicnanomaterials, CMOS, and single electron transistors opens up many possibilitiesfor bio-nano-hybrid materials applications in sensing and photon harvesting. Thetalk will provide results on integrating the protein bacteriorhodopsin with micro andnanoelectronics, quantum dots, and sensing protein to form a bio-nano-hybridsensing platform technology. Additionally, recent work is underway to investigatethe applicability of bacteriorhodopsin coupled with nanostructures of variousmaterials for use as a photon harvester, possibly to power nanosensing systems,and initial results will be shown.
Prof. Craig Friedrich is Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics at Michigan TechnologicalUniversity. He also directs the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute and is the Robbins Professorin Sustainable Design and Manufacturing. His PhD is from Oklahoma State University. In theearly 1990s, Dr. Friedrich helped pioneer the field of mechanical micromachining, particularlymicromilling, by creating (at the time) the world’s smallest milling tools and demonstrating themilling process to make micron-scale features with sub-micron tolerances. He alsodemonstrated mechanically machined x-ray masks and gray-scale x-ray lithography usingmicromilled masks. Recently, he is working in the area of bio-nano-hybrid materials for a varietyof sensing and energy applications.