Organization

Collaborative Support

Across a broad spectrum of both research and real-world applications of nanotechnology, the leadership and staff of the Singh Center promote the emergence of new ideas and innovations through their work.

Mark G.
Allen

Mark G. Allen

Scientific Director, Singh Center for Nanotechnology,
Alfred Fitler Moore Professor
Electrical and Systems Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Dr. Allen is the inaugural Scientific Director of the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Combining insights from the worlds of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry and materials science, Allen is a pioneer in the field of micro-electromechanical systems, or MEMS, and nanofabrication technology.

Mark’s research allows the creation of structures, sensors and actuators that exploit the unique potential of the small scale. For example, such miniscule devices can sit at the intersection of the biological and the digital, sensing the physical and electrical signals found in the heart and in the brain and transmitting them to computers for processing. Mark has published approximately 120 journal articles and holds approximately 40 patents.

Kathleen
Stebe

Kathleen Stebe

Deputy Dean for Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science, 
Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Dr. Stebe is head of research for Penn Engineering and works with the University Vice Provost for Research to implement research policies and encourage research collaborations.

Kate’s primary research interests are in non-equilibrium interfaces, with applications ranging from microfluidics to nanotechnology. One aspect of her research program focuses on interfaces between fluids and how surfactants can be used to influence interfacial flows. Other aspects address tailoring of solid-liquid interfaces with applications ranging from patterned electrodeposition to capillary-driven assembly and ordering of nanomaterials.

Ira
Winston

Ira Winston

Chief Infrastructure Officer
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Ira oversees all facilities and technology for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Ira started working at Penn in 1980 as a Systems Programmer in the Computer and Information Science department after receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from that department.

Kevin
Turner

Kevin Turner

Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics,
Faculty Director, Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility

Dr. Turner is the Faculty Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility. Turner’s research is primarily focused on nanoscale manufacturing, structured nanomaterials, and mechanics issues in MEMS and flexible devices.

Christopher
Murray

Christopher Murray

Richard Perry University Professor
of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering,
Nanoscale Characterization Oversight Committee Chair

Chris Murray is the Richard Perry Professor in the Department of Chemistry, in the School of Arts and Sciences, and a Professor in the Materials Science Department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He oversees the Nanoscale Characterization Facility in the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Russell
Composto

Russell J. Composto

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering,
Bioengineering,
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, NanoBio Interface Center Facilities

Russell Composto, Professor from the Materials Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering Departments oversees the scanning probe facility within the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.  His interdisciplinary research investigates  structure-property relationships in complex polymer systems and biomolecular engineering from the cellular to nanoscale.

Jay
Kikkawa

Jay Kikkawa

Professor, Physics and Astronomy, 
Director, Property Measurement Facility

Dr. Kikkawa is a Professor in the Physics Department in the School of Arts and Sciences. He oversees the Property Measurement Facility.

Charlie
Johnson

A.T. Charlie Johnson, Jr.

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Materials Science and Engineering,
Electrical and Systems Engineering,
Director, NanoBio Interface Center

A.T. Charlie Johnson, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Johnson’s research spans experimental nanoscale physics, which nanotechnology and biophysics. His research is involved specifically in transport within nanostructures and carbon nanotubes, which revolves around graphene, DNA, synthetic proteins, and other biomolecules. His research also involves the development of scanning probe techniques to measure electronic properties in nanomaterials and nanodevices.

George "Pat"
Watson

George “Pat” Watson

Director of User Programs
Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Pat Watson acts as the interface between the Singh Nanotechnology Center and the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program.  Pat also assists new Singh Center users get started in the facility.

Noah
Clay

Noah Clay

Director, Nanofabrication Facility

Noah is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Quattrone cleanroom, including equipment procurement and establishing operating and safety procedures.  He also manages associated technical staff, as well as developing and implementing advanced processing applications.

Matthew
Brukman

Matt Brukman, Ph.D.

Probe Facilities Manager

Matthew Brukman has managed the NBIC facilities since 2010. His primary research experience and interests include development of AFM-based techniques to characterize materials at the nano-scale — friction force microscopy, tissue mechanics, non-contact capacitance microscopy, and AFM design. Additionally, he has studied extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optics for photolithography.

 

Douglas
Yates

Douglas Yates, Ph.D.

Director, Nanoscale Characterization Facility

Since 1997, Dr. Yates has been the director of the Nanoscale Characterization Facility, which houses instruments for advanced electron and atomic force microscopy and ion scattering.   He has, cumulatively, twenty-seven years experience with the instruction, operation and maintenance of electron microscopes and related instruments.

Shannon
Migdal

Shannon Migdal

Marketing Director

Shannon is responsible for providing marketing and communication strategies for the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Chris
Montowski

Chris Montowski

Building Administrator
Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Chris is responsible for  day to day operations of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology including safety and security. Additionally he monitors and maintains all systems and equipment necessary to maintain the exacting environmental conditions needed for research in the various labs throughout the building.