Brown University School of Engineering

Laboratories

  • 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 Laboratory - The Bioengineering Laboratory, in partnership with Rhode Island Hospital, performs studies from a biomechanical perspective on the normal and pathological musculoskeletal system and on sports injury prevention. 
  • 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 Laboratory 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Franck Lab for Experimental Micromechanics - The group works to understand the intrinsic relationship between mechanics and cellular mechanisms including cell migration,  adhesion, and neuronal injury.
  • Gao Research Group: Nanomechanics of Engineering and Biological Systems - Led by Huajian Gao, the research of the group is focused on the understanding of basic principles that control mechanical properties and behaviors of materials in both engineering and biology. The Gao Research Group studies how metallic and semiconductor materials behave in thin film and nanocrystalline forms, and how biological materials such as bone, gecko and cell achieve their mechanical robustness through structural hierarchy.
  • 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.
  • Mandre Laboratory 
  • 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.
  • Nanophotonics and Neuroengineering Laboratory
  • 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. 
  • 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 Computing Systems Laboratory (SCALE)
  • SHAPE Lab - SHAPE (SHape, Archaeology, Photogrammetry, Entropy) Lab researchers design software that allows archaeologists to model and reconstruct columns, walls, buildings, statues and other complex shapes from photos and video of unearthed fragments and objects.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.