MIT Lincoln Laboratory chemical synthesis laboratoryMIT Lincoln Laboratory chemical synthesis laboratory

In the early 2000s, the organic chemistry capabilities that evolved in support of the lithography programs and the microfabrication capabilities enabled by the lithography programs were combined to explore new opportunities in nanostructured synthetic materials. This merger enabled the development of materials with tailored properties beyond those produced by using traditional organic synthesis methods. Much of this work was done for applications in control and/or sensing of electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths anywhere from the visible (400–700 nm) to the long-wave infrared (8–12 µm) portion of the spectrum. Such "synthetic materials" can be used for optical limiting, optical filtering, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for chemical sensing. This work now includes solution-prepared plasmonic nanoparticles all the way to lithographically defined nanoantenna arrays and optical metamaterials, and has resulted in the formation of a nanoplasmonics program area within the group.


As the Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group developed its expertise in nanolithography and chemistry in the early 2000s, it embarked on a broader strategic direction of applying these capabilities to developing new devices and systems. In particular, it started exploring the highly publicized promise of the field of nanoplasmonics, in which the combination of controlled nanostructures and materials science has engendered new phenomena, mainly in the optical and infrared portions of the spectrum. ( full article)

Functional Materials

The Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group applies advanced chemical processing, fabrication, and nanostructuring methods to engineer materials with predesigned functional properties. Controlled surface texturing and chemical functionalization are two of the more prominent tools to achieve the desired material and device performance. ( full article)


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