Dr. Gary Halada
Environmental Nanotechnology Research Group

Research philosophy :To truly understand interactions between the environment and natural and human-made materials, it is essential to understand reactions at the nanoscale. It is at this level, from single molecules to ultra-thin films on surfaces, that structural and chemical transformations first occur which affect critical environmental processes, such as corrosion of advanced alloys, association of hazardous waste with soil or buildings, and transformation of radioactive materials by microbes. In addition, to create the next generation of materials and technologies to solve critical environmental problems we need to create new methodologies and research partnerships that will provide the necessary combination of tools, software and knowledge for cross-disciplinary problem-solving.

Dr. Chad Korach
Laboratory for Nanotribology and Wear Mechanics

Research Interests :Chad Korach's research interests encompass the fields of tribology and solid mechanics, both theoretical and experimental, specializing in manufacturing wear processes, theoretical analysis of friction, and wear properties of thin films. Contact mechanics, fracture mechanics, mircromechanics and the experimental analysis of tribological materials and processes at scales ranging from macro to nanoscopic are used to model wear at the nano or asperity scale and bridging to the micro and macro or component scale. Scratch testing, indentation, and surface analysis are used for material characterization of thin films and surfaces for wear applications. Areas of research involve thin films for tools, dental materials, molecular scale friction, adhesive contact, and engineered surfaces.

Dr. Mary Frame-McMahon

Research Focus :The focus of my research is in integrating signal transduction events with physical properties of blood flow at the microvascular level. Our long term research goals are to understand the two phase question of how solute distribution and transport are coupled in the microcirculation. We use both quantitative in vivo microcirculatory techniques in a hamster striated muscle model, and in vitro cell culture techniques with macro- and microvascular endothelial cells to determine how vasoactive mechanisms are integrated to regulate blood flow distribution. In vivo, we examine mechanisms of nitric oxide mediated coordinated flow delivery to arteriolar networks. In vitro, we examine flow velocity profiles and endothelial cell responses to defined flow in a microchannel system which we construct at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility, Cornell University

Other Laboratories at Stony Brook involved in nanotechnology and nanomaterials-related research


FTIR Microscope


SIMS set-up at ENRG


XPS Surface Analysis Microscope