Welcome to the Roukes Group
We are working to explore new physics at the nanoscale, and to apply this knowledge to realizing advanced tools for the biomedical and life sciences. Our group's current focus is on (a) massively-parallel mapping of brain activity enabled by very-large-scale integration of nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices, (b) single-molecule mass spectrometry and molecular analysis enabled by arrays of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and (c) on the fundamental physics of NEMS.

The most exciting frontiers in nanoscience and nanotechnology, in our opinion, are highly cross-disciplinary and can only be explored by forging strong ties with other laboratories. We are privileged to be working with excellent collaborators around the world.

We are closely collaborating on the aforementioned topics with many groups worldwide. Some of the folks we're currently working with are listed here.

...In 2006 we formed the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (very-large-scale integration), a close partnership with scientists and engineers at CEA/LETI-MINATEC and CEA/LETI-CLINATEC in Grenoble, France. Together we have demonstrated the first examples of very-large-scale integration (VLSI) of nanoelectromechanical systems, and these have led to a first start-up, APIX Analytics, based in Grenoble. Our current efforts are focused on highly-multiplexed nanosystems -- for single-molecule analysis and for complex, local, and massively-parallel neurophysiological recording, stimulation, and chemical analysis in vivo. All of our efforts are founded on approaches that are readily producible en masse to enable both large-scale fundamental explorations at the frontiers of the life sciences, and commercializable technology.

In the News

Together with Ed Boyden (MIT), Ken Shepard (Columbia) and Miyoung Chun (Kavli Foundation), Prof. Roukes has organized a Kavli Futures Symposium: Toward Open-Source, Next-Gen Neurotechnology Dissemination to be held in Santa Monica, CA on 20-21 October 2017. For more information, please check out the Symposium website

Our group's PATENTS webpage is now live. Check it out!

PI Viewpoint by Prof. Michael L. Roukes: "I stand with the Association of American Universities to urge a permanent end to the recent executive order -- and any future action by the current Administration -- that would bar individuals from certain countries from entering or returning to the United States of America. Previous Administrations' visa policies have welcomed talented individuals from all parts of the world to study, teach, and carry out research in the USA. It is essential to our nation's well-being that this continues without interruption."

Great recent coverage on French TV for our spin-off, APIX Analytics !

Professor Roukes is conference chair for NMC/2017, the 14th International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensors, a Kavli Futures Symposium that will be held in Kona-Kailua, on the big island of Hawai'i from 4-7 April 2017. A great program is lined up! It will focus broadly on micro- and nanomechanical sensing, as always, but NMC/2017 will especially feature sensing at the quantum limit and the work of emerging researchers. Please consider participating!

Congratulations to Eran and the entire team! Our new paper: Patterned photostimulation via visible-wavelength photonic probes for deep brain optogenetics has been published online as an open access article in Neurophotonics. It will be part of the special Jan 2017 issue on "Brain Mapping and Therapeautics". The journal has prepared a special press release about this work.

Our new paper, Nonlinear Damping and Dephasing in Nanomechanical Systems, by Juan Atalaya, Thomas Kenny, Michael Roukes, and Mark Dykman has been published in Physical Review B.

Our book, Micro and Nanomechanical Resonators: Fundamentals and Applications, by Silvan Schmid, Luis Guillermo Villanueva, and Michael Lee Roukes has been released by Springer.

Congratulations to the team!! We have received two new NIH BRAIN Initiative grants together with our esteemed collaborators, Professors Ken Shepard (EE and BME, Columbia U.), Randy Bruno (Neuroscience, Columbia U.), and Lihong Wang (=>Caltech, as of 01-01-17). One grant will support our efforts toward production and worldwide dissemination of our novel nanoprobe neurotechnology; the other will support our development of implantable, probe-based technology for photoacoustic imaging.

Our new paper: Nanofabricated Neural Probes for Dense 3D Recordings of Brain Activity has been picked as an ACS Editor's Choice, and is online as an open access article in Nano Letters.

Scientific American and Nature highlight Professor Roukes' talk at a meeting organized by the US National Science Foundation - Coordinating Global Brain Projects, hosted at Rockefeller University.

Professor Roukes' talk for the Caltech Breakthrough Campaign, entitled Moonshot for Neurotechnology: The Brain Observatory is now online for viewing.

Congratulations to our two newly minted Ph.D.'s -- Caryn Bullard (Physics) and Peter Hung (Applied Physics). Well done!

The group of 6 scientists that initially proposed a national project for brain activity mapping (which led to the Obama BRAIN Initiative) has reassembled to write a new "white paper" for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), entitled "A National Network of Neurotechnology Centers for the BRAIN Initiative". It has now been published as a "NeuroView (position paper) in the journal Neuron. (BTW -You can find Ref. 7 here.) This has been covered by Science and in a press release by the Kavli Foundation. 10-15-15

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