Brown University School of Engineering

Laboratories

  • Ault Laboratory - Research in the Ault Lab covers a range of problems in theoretical, experimental, and computational fluid dynamics including coupled soft matter transport processes, electrokinetic effects, vortex dynamics, stability and nonlinear characteristics of flows, and high-performance computing.
  • Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials Laboratory - Under the direction of Professor Nitin Padture, research is performed in the areas of advanced structural ceramics and their coatings and composites, functional nanomaterials, and novel photovoltaics.
  • Bioengineering LaboratoryUnder the directions of Professors J.J. Trey Crisco and Braden C. Fleming, the Bioengineering Laboratory, which is located within the Department of Orthopedics, seeks to advance orthopaedic care through basic science and clinical research on musculoskeletal injuries and diseases and their prevention and treatment.
  • Biomedical Engineering Laboratory - The Biomedical Engineering laboratory uses microfluidic devices to investigate clinical applications involving infections disease, protein structure and basic questions regarding biolgical molecules. The laboratory has an active research program with interfaces between Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Breuer LaboratoryResearch in the Breuer Lab covers a diverse range of problems in experimental fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and biomechanics including: animal flight, vortex dynamics, renewable energy, microfluidics, and active matter. 
  • Brown Neuromotion Laboratory - Led by David Borton, the lab is composed of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and is focused on the design, development, and implementation of novel neural recording and stimulation systems. The lab currently focuses on designing, developing, and deploying new tools for interrogation of the nervous system across species with a goal of untangling the underpinnings of neuromotor and neuropsychiatric disease and injury.
  • Catalyst Design Lab - Under the direction of Andrew Peterson, the Catalyst Design Lab combines a theoretical understanding of heterogeneous catalytic systems with laboratory-based experimental testing. Catalysts are crucial for transforming our energy economy, and the laboratory focuses on catalysts for electrofuels and biofuels.
  • Chason Laboratory - The primary research interest of the group is the evolution of thin films and surfaces during processing. A major aspect of this research is the development and application of novel in situ and real-time diagnostics that enable the changes in morphology and microstructure to be monitored as they occur.
  • Coulombe Lab for Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering PI Kareen Coulombe and her team are investigating ways to re-engineer contractility of the heart after injury or disease.  Using tissue engineering, stem cells, and biomaterials, the group studies cardiotoxicity, develops revascularization therapies, and aims to regenerate heart muscle. 
  • Experimental Solid Mechanics Laboratory - Led by Pradeep Guduru,  the group investigates a variety of problems in experimental solid mechanics such as mechanics of energy storage materials, mechanics in catalysis, contact mechanics of soft materials, and dynamic deformation and fracture of heterogemeous materials. 
  • Goldsmith Lab for Chemical Kinetics - Focusing on chemical kinetics, the group combines experimental techniques with electronic structure methods, statistical mechanics, and uncertainty quantification to provide accurate, predictive models for complex reaction networks in energy conversion. Most of the research focuses on elementary reactions in high-temperature and high-pressure systems, such as combustion, heterogeneous catalysis, energetic materials, and propellants.
  • Harris Lab - Our research involves custom laboratory experiments in fluid mechanics and soft matter supported by mathematical and numerical modeling techniques. Our current research directions focus on interfacial phenomena, microfluidics, and nonlinear dynamics. 
  • Laboratory for Emerging Technologies - The Laboratory for Emerging Technologies provides a research environment for students to explore the emerging cross-disciplinary research fields in nanoscale device, circuit design, opto-electronics, and nanobiology.
  • Laboratory for Engineering Man-Machine Systems (LEMS) - Computer Engineering - The Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems provides a space for collaborative research on the design and analysis of intelligent computer systems. The computer engineering group is involved in cutting-edge research projects from energy-efficient, reliable computing systems to signal processing and bioelectronics.   
  • Laboratory for Engineering Man-Machine Systems (LEMS) - Computer Vision
  • Laboratory for Environmental and Health Nanosciences(LEHN) - PI Robert Hurt and researchers focus on the creation of new nanomaterials and new 3D material architectures and their applications and implications for both the environment and for human health.
  • Laboratory for Restorative Neurotechnology (BrainGate)
  • Lee Lab for Biomedical Optics and Neuroengineering - The group focuses on development of optical technologies for label-free, micrometer-resolution, three-dimensional imaging of tissue structures and dynamics, mainly in but not limited to the brain cortex, and dissemination of the technologies for translational research through wide collaboration.
  • Mittleman Laboratory - Dan Mittleman and researchers focus on the science and technology of terahertz radiation.
  • Nano & Micromechanics Laboratory - The Nano & Micromechanics Laboratory is part of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures Group in the School of Engineering. Research and education carried out in this laboratory are associated with the experimental, computational, and conceptual study of nanomechanics and micromechanics of materials.
  • Nurmikko Neuroengineering and Nanophotonics Laboratory - Our laboratory conducts research in neuroengineering, brain sciences, nanophotonics and microelectronics, especially for the translation of device research to new technologies in biomedical, life science, and photonics applications. Current projects include development of implantable brain communication interfaces, microscale neural circuit sensors, and applications of ultrafast laser spectroscopy. 
  • Pacifici Research Group -  The group works on research projects involving photons and surface plasmons in nanoengineered materials and devices for information, sensing and energy-harvesting solutions. 
  • PROBE LabUnder the direction of Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr., the Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE) Lab, is an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on both developing nonlinear optical imaging techniques for quantitative assessment of biological tissues, and novel methods for harnessing multifunctional nanostructures for light-driven control of matter.
  • Rose Group:  A World of Bits -- wireless and beyondWe consider communication theory as a lens on everything, from standard wireless and other telecommunication to fundamental physics, biological communication and very long distance interstellar communication.
  • Rosenstein Laboratory for Embedded Bioelectronics - Researchers are interested in improving the ways that integrated electronic systems interface with the physical world, by designing new high-performance electronic circuits and combining them with new materials and biophysical systems.
  • Scalable Energy-Efficient Computing Laboratory (SCALE) - The SCALE research group focuses on advancing the scalability of computing chips and systems by making them more energy efficient.  We devise novel solutions to improve performance and reduce energy consumption across the computing spectrum, from circuit design methodologies and tools to server/cloud computing management techniques. 
  • Shukla Lab for Designer BiomaterialsThe lab identifies and develops biomaterials solutions for critical unmet clinical needs in the areas of drug delivery and regenerative medicine. We apply concepts from polymer self-assembly, the study of molecular interactions, and cellular mechanobiology to create smart and informed biomaterials to address these biomedical challenges.
  • Srivastana Lab for Mechanics of Biomedical Systems and Engineering Structures - The group conducts experimental and computational modeling research to study the role of fundamental mechanics in applications ranging from the biomedical sciences to large scale engineering structures.
  • Suuberg Laboratory
  • Virtual Materials Laboratory
  • Wong Laboratory - Biomaterials and Biophysics of Cancer - Lab researchers are interested in engineering new technologies to study cancer cell invasion and phenotypic plasticity. Physically, we explore how materials and mechanical aspects of the tumor microenvironment regulate malignant behavior both in 2D and in 3D. Biologically, we seek new insights into single cell heterogeneity and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Our approach will have a translational component, enabling high-throughput screening of new therapeutic compounds.
  • Zaslavsky Laboratory - The Zaslavsky group works in the field of semiconductor device physics and engineering.  As CMOS-based silicon technology marches on towards ultimately scaled devices, the Zaslavsky group is pursuing alternative device technologies based on either different physical mechanisms (such as tunneling or hot-electron effects) or different materials (Si-based heterostructures, III-V materials, amorphous conducting oxides, etc.) that could provide additional functionality without sacrificing CMOS compatibility.
  • Zia Laboratory - The Zia group works in the field of nanophotonics at the interface of electrical engineering, materials science, optical physics, and physical chemistry. In particular, the group studies how light is emitted from a range of solid-state quantum emitters (including atoms, defect centers, ions, molecules, and quantum dots), and develops new ways to control and enhance the process of light emission for photonic devices.