How to connect the best of the digital world with the physical world that we live in. This effort started with the development of user interfaces and expanded to encompass studies of how information can be represented in, and transformed by, natural mechanisms.

The Molecular Machines group develops technologies and chemistries to establish the field of printing functional devices and materials. Goals include desktop fabrication of computers onto paper and bidirectional molecular interfaces between computers and living systems.

Prof. Joseph Jacobson

The Nanoscale Sensing group applies micro- and nano-fabrication technologies towards the development of novel methods for probing biological systems. Current focus is on using electrical- and nano-mechanical detection schemes for analyzing DNA, proteins, and cells.

Prof. Scott Manalis

The Quanta group seeks to build information technology from the fundumental building blocks of physical media: atoms and molecules.

Prof. Isaac Chuang

The Physics & Media group studies the relationship between the content of information and its physical representation, from olecular quantum compters to virtuosic musical instruments.

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld

Bits & Atoms