Marija Drndić
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SAS/ Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests:

  • Biomolecular analysis with nanopores
  • Graphene
  • Graphene Nanopores
  • Nanoparticle synthesis, assembly and manipulation
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy of nanoparticles
  • Nanofabrication (nanogaps and TEBAL)
  • Nanoelectionics
  • Force Microscopy

Research Overview: Marija's research is focused on the exploration of mesoscopic and nanoscale structures in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology. She studies the fundamental physical properties of low-dimensional and small-scale structures such as nanocrystals, nanowires and biomaterials and we develop their device applications. Examples include the study and control of nanocrystal assembly, fabrication of electronic devices and understanding the basic mechanisms of charge and spin transport in them: the effects of Coulomb interactions, electron tunneling and charge fluctuations. Experimental techniques involve electrical measurements, microscopy, and nanofabrication. Some specific research topics include: Nanocrystal synthesis, assembly and manipulation Nanoparticle-based electronics Fluorescence of single nanoparticles and nanoparticle ensembles Molecular analysis with nanoelectrode devices Force microscopy of nanoparticles Nanofabrication (nanogaps, TEBAL) Charge detection with mesoscopic structures Graphene nanodevices and nanoelectronics Single-molecule (DNA, microRNA etc.) detection and analysis with nanopores.

Marija Drndić's Recent Publications

Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University (2000)
A.M. Physics, Harvard University (1997)
M.Phil. Physics, University of Cambridge (1995)

Honors and Awards:
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 2008. - DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2008. - PECASE Award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers), 2005. - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005-2007) - NSF Career Award (2005-) - ONR Young Investigator Award (2004-2009) - ACS PRF Award (2004-2006) - Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania (2003-2009) - Pappalardo Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sept. 2000 - Sept. 2003) - Research Associate, Harvard University (Sept. 1996 - June 2000) - Robbins Prize, Harvard Physics Department (1997). - Harold T. White Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard Physics Department (1997). - Clare Booth Luce Fellow, Harvard University (Sept. 1995 - Sept. 1996) - Herchel Smith Harvard Fellow, University of Cambridge, England, Semiconductor Physics Group (Sept. 1994 - Sept. 1995)