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
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.
Please contact me if you wish to learn more.
CV (updated Oct 2013)
Awards and Honors:
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2010.
NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award, 2010.