The Gangopadhyay Research Group is involved in developing novel nanomaterials and their applications in civil and defense purposes at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering and is associated with the International Center for Nano/Micro Systems and Nanotechnology. It is dedicated to expanding the realm of science and technology through optimization of existing techniques and exploration of new dimensions of knowledge. The group’s research includes discovering, integrating and optimizing new materials, processing methods and characterization techniques. By promoting an interdisciplinary approach, our unique and modern research facility was designed to train, educate and prepare students to join and lead the workforce to innovative solutions to scientific challenges.
The group is headed by Shubhra Gangopadhyay, C.W. LaPierre Chair professor with joint appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering and Physics, who is an acclaimed researcher in the fields of material science and physics. The group has set up a high-class research facility — the first of its kind in Missouri.
About Shubhra Gangopadhyay
Shubhra Gangopadhyay joined the University of Missouri in 2003 as the C.W. LaPierre Chair professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics to enhance interdisciplinary research in the areas of microelectronics/nanoelectronics, material science and nanotechnology. Gangopadhyay obtained her Ph.D. in physics in 1982 from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur. She was a guest scientist at the Universitat Kaiserslautern during 1983-1985. Before assuming the position at MU, she was a professor of physics at Texas Tech University (TTU) for 18 years. Gangopadhyay co-directed the Nano Tech Center at TTU from 1999-2003, where she developed micro/nanoelectronics and micro/nanosensor technologies. She became a Fellow of American Physical Society in 2003.
Her areas of expertise include metal nanoparticle based memory devices, nanostructured dielectric films for micro/nanoelectronics, solar cell and sensor applications, chemical and biological sensors using nanotechnology platforms and nanoenergetics for defense and biological applications. She has been developing lab on a chip technology for the last 10 years with collaborators from biochemistry, bioengineering and medicine. Some of the specific areas related to biomedical applications include biomaterials and surfaces for enhanced cell adhesion, single cell patterning on a micro electrochemical electrode for quantal exocytosis, drug and gene delivery using microshock wave generator, optical nanobio sensors, nanoelectronics based chemical sensors and dye doped and functionalized nanoparticles for drug delivery, imaging and sensing applications. She is integrating nano/bio systems (graphene, green fluorescence proteins, highly catalytic sub-2 nm platinum nanoparticles) with inorganic structures for fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic cells. She has graduated 23 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. students and supervised more than 20 post-doctoral research associates. Her research has been funded by various federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health as well as several industries like IBM, Texas Instruments, Actel Corp. and Techguard Security.
At the MU, Gangopadhyay is the director of the International Center for Nano/Micro Systems and Nanotechnology. In 2004, she co-founded two companies, Nems/Mems Works, LLC. and Nanos Technologies, LLC, with a vision to develop novel products in the area of nanotechnology.