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Vinayak P. Dravid

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Abraham Harris Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization (NUANCE) Center
Director, Soft and Hybrid NanotechnologyExperimental (SHyNE) Resource


Areas of Focus

  • Materials characterization
  • Nanotechnology and bio-nanotechnology
  • Microscopy and imaging
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Energy and energy materials
  • Technology forecasting and roadmapping
  • Policy related to technology


  • Studies spatially and dimensionally confined structures and assembly
  • Explores interfaces and defect phenomena in advanced materials
  • Develops novel microscopy and analysis methods
  • Studies theranostic nanostructures
  • Combines biomedical imaging and target therapeutics
  • Conducts synthesis, patterning and microscopy of nanostructures
  • Integrates nanosystems for biochemical sensing and diagnostics
  • Establishes proof-of-concept for novel advanced imaging instruments and techniques