Photo of K. Aidala

I study nanoscale science, through the use of a scanning probe microscope (SPM). A small cantilever and tip (tip radius = 10 nm) is brought close to or in contact with a surface to measure local properties. Topography, magnetism, elasticity, conductivity, and much more can be locally mapped out in this way. There are applications to materials science, device physics, and cell biology, to name just a few.

I also have become active in the public communication of science. I organize SciTech Cafe, a monthly event at the Amherst Brewing Company that brings scientists into an informal setting to talk with the public about what they do.  Listen to a discussion of what SciTech is and does from my appearance on The Bill Newman Show on January 22, 2015.

Please contact me if you wish to learn more. 


Research website

CV (updated Oct 2013)

Awards and Honors:  

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2010.

NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award, 2010.