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Michael Roukes
Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Biological Engineering

Research activities are currently focused on developing advanced nanodevices, engineering them into complex systems, and using them to enable fundamental problems in neuroscience and proteomics. A continuing thread in theoretical and experimental investigations focuses on fundamental properties of nanomechanical systems.

Roukes was founding Director of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute from 2003-2006, Co-Director from 2008-2013, and has recently stepped down to focus full-time, on collaborative research in neuroscience, nanoscience, and biotechnology.

Professor Roukes completed undergraduate majors in both physics and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, and thereafter earned a Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University, focusing upon electron transport in microstructures at ultralow temperatures. Subsequently, he joined Bell Communications Research as a Member of Technical Staff / Principal Investigator in the (then-new) Quantum Structures Research Group, where he carried out some of the earliest explorations of the physics of nanoelectronic devices. In 1992 he joined the tenured faculty at the California Institute of Technology, where he built nanofabrication facilities and has established a large nanoscience research group, now heavily involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations. Roukes' scientific interests range from fundamental science to applied biotechnology —with a unifying theme centered upon development, application, and very-large-scale-integration of complex nanostructures. He has published and written extensively on nanoscience and nanotechnology, has lectured at most major research centers world-wide, and is active on many national and international committees that promote this field.

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Current Projects
Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (very-large-scale integration)
with CEA/Leti-MINATEC, Grenoble, France www.nanovlsi.com

Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS): physics, novel device fabrication, very-large-scale integration, and applications

Nanomechanical devices for single-molecule mass spectrometry

Multiphysical nanosystems for highly-multiplexed neurophysiological measurement, recording, and stimulation

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