Stu Wolf is the Director of the University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR ) and also holds a joint appointment as a professor in Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. At the University of Virginia he is continuing to push the frontiers in spintronics and quantum information science. His group utilizes the spin degree of freedom in novel oxide heterostructures using spin torque to manipulate the magnetism in nanomagnetic structures.
The group's goal is to think beyond the next generation of technology, to encourage new ideas, and to explore new pathways for experimental physics.
By controlling the quantum state of atoms on the nanoscale, extremely precise measurements can be obtained for macroscopic quantities. Atom interferometry using Bose-Einstein condensation is a powerful method for achieving this goal.
Professor Poon's research group is highly interdisciplinary and his research focuses on using basic materials physics principles to design, synthesize, and investigate amorphous metals, nanostructured materials, and intermetallic compounds.
Solid supported membranes that mimic the biological cell membrane have applications as in vitro models in research, as screening arrays in development and as platform for biosensors. I am interested in using and further developing these systems to answer significant biological questions.