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Anupam Madhukar

Anupam Madhukar


Kenneth T. Norris Professor of Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Nanostructure Materials & Devices Laboratory (NMDL)
USC Center for Neural Engineering

Anupam Madhukar


Research Overview

  • Nanostructure synthesis and structural, optical, & electrical examination
  • Self-organized nanostructures for radiation detection and solar energy conversion
  • Abiotic-biotic interfacial phenomena at the nanoscale
  • Plasma membrane – quantum nanostructure composites for neuronal cell actuation
  • Live-cell imaging and spectroscopic studies of intracellular biochemical processes

   Hybrid nanocrystal quantum dot (NCQD) and epitaxial nanostructure systems for solar energy conversion and biochemical detection applications

  Quantum dot array grown via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)

  Functional abiotic nanosystems (FANs) for probing and actuating cellular processes


        The Madhukar Group (Nanostructure Materials and Devices Laboratory - NMDL) is internationally known for the spawning and development of the field of self-organized semiconductor nanostructures. We carry out multi-disciplinary research with a focus on examining phenomena in novel nanoscale structures and at the abiotic-biotic interface for applications in: computing and communication; conversion of solar photons to power; early detection of biological markers of disease or pathogens in the environment; suppression of immune response to neural prostheses; developing cellular level prostheses we call FANs (functional abiotic nanosystems) for probing and modifying cellular response; and real-time imaging and spectroscopic probing of intra-cellular biochemical processes in live cells under applied stress.