Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
fields: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics,
Physical Chemistry, Nanoscience
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University
A.M. Physics, Harvard University
M.Phil. Physics, University
of Cambridge (1995)
A.B. Physics and Mathematics,
Harvard University (1994)
Office: 2N28, David Rittenhouse Laboratory
898-5810; Fax: (215) 898-2010
Positions and Honors
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching
by an Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 2008.
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2008.
Award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and
P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005-2007)
Career Award (2005-)
ONR Young Investigator Award (2004-2009)
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
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)
Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude,
Harvard College 1994.
Harvard College Scholarship
I joined Penn in the Fall of 2003 after being at MIT for
three years as a Pappalardo Fellow.
I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University
My research and the research in our lab is focused on the
exploration of mesoscopic and nanoscale structures
in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics,
nanoscience and nanotechnology.
We study 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,
Some specific research topics include:
For more information see the Lab Web Page.
- Nanocrystal synthesis, assembly and manipulation
- Nanoparticle-based electronics
- Fluorescence of single nanoparticles and nanoparticle
- 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
Our research is supported by: ONR, NSF, ACS and the Sloan
Apart from teaching physics courses at Penn, mentoring students
in research is one of the best parts of my daily life.
Many enthusiastic undergraduates who work with us are
experts on transmission electron microscopy,
electron beam lithography, atomic force microscopy
and other techniques.
For more information, please contact our
group by email.
In addition, our lab is actively involved
in RET (Research Experience for Teachers), REU (Research Experience
and PSSA (Penn Summer Science Academy for
high school students) programs at Penn.
Publications (go here
to download papers)
- M. Wanunu, D. Cohen-Karni, R. Johnson, L. Fields, J. Benner, N. Peterman,
Y. Zheng, M. Klein, M. Drndic, "Discrimination of methylcytosine from hydroxymethylcytosine
in DNA molecules", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133 (3), 486-492, 2011.
- M. Wanunu, T. Dadosh, V. Ray, J. Jin, L. McReynolds, M. Drndic, "Rapid
electronic detection of probe-specific microRNAs using thin nanopore sensors",
Nature Nanotechnology 5, 807-814, 2010.
- C. Merchant, K. Healy, M. Wanunu, V. Ray, N. Peterman, J. Bartel,
M.D. Fischbein, K. Venta, Z. Luo, A.T.C. Johnson, M. Drndic, "DNA translocation
through graphene nanopores", Nano Letters 10 (8), 2915-2921, 2010.
- M. D. Fischbein, M. Puster, M. Drndic, "Monolayer suppression
of transport imaged in annealed PbSe nanocrystal arrays", Nano Letters
10 (6), 2155-2161, 2010.
- C. H. Crouch, O. Sauter, X. Wu, R. Purcell, C. Querner, M. Drndic,
M. Pelton, "Facts and artifacts in the blinking statistics of semiconductor
nanocrystals", Nano Letters 10 (5), 1692-1698, 2010.
- L.J. Willis*, J.A. Fairfield*, T. Dadosh*, M. D. Fischbein, M.
Drndic, "Controlling nanogap quantum dot photoconductivity through optoelectronic
trap manipulation", Nano Letters 9(12), 4191-4197, 2009.
- Claudia Querner, Siying Wang, Ken Healy, Jessamyn Fairfield,
Michael D. Fischbein and Marija Drndić, "Fluorescence dynamics of semiconductor
nanorod clusters studied by correlated atomic-force, transmission-electron
and fluorescence microscopy", J. Phys. Chem. C 112 (50), 19945-19956,
- S. Wang, C. Querner, M. D. Fischbein, L. Willis, D.
Novikov, C.H. Crouch, M. Drndić, "Blinking
statistics correlated with nanoparticle number", Nano
Letters, 8 (11), 4020-4026, 2008.
- M. D. Fischbein and M. Drndić, "Electron beam nanosculpting
of suspended graphene sheets", Applied Physics Letters 93, 113107,
- C. Querner, M. D. Fischbein, P. A. Heiney, M. Drndić, "Milimeter-scale
assembly of CdSe nanorods into smectic superstructures by solvent drying
kinetics", Advanced Materials 20 (12), 2308-2314, 2008.
- S. Wang, C. Querner, T. Emmons, M. Drndić, C.
H. Crouch, "Fluorescence blinking statistics from CdSe core
and core-shell nanorods", J. Phys. Chem. B 110 (46), 23221-23227,
- Z. Hu*, M. D. Fischbein*, C. Querner, M. Drndić,
"Electric-field-driven accumulation and alignment of CdSe and CdTe
nanorods in nanoscale devices", Nano Letters 6 (11), 2585-2591,
- D. R. Strachan, D. E. Smith, M. D. Fischbein,
D.E. Johnston, B.S. Guiton, M. Drndić, D.A. Bonnell, A.T. Johnson, "Clean
electromigrated nanogaps imaged by transmission electron microscopy",
Nano Letters 6 (3), 441, 2006.
- M. D. Fischbein and M. Drndić, "Nanogaps by
direct lithography for high-resolution imaging and electronic characterization
of nanostructures", Applied Physics Letters 88 (6),
063116, 2006; cond-mat/0512128; featured in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale
Science & Technology, 13 (7), 2006.
- Drndić M., Markov
R., Jarosz M.V., Kastner M.A., Bawendi M.G., Markovic
N., Tinkham M., "Imaging the charge transport
in arrays of CdSe nanocrystals", Applied Physics Letters
84, 4008, 2003.
- Drndić M., Jarosz
M.V., Morgan N.Y., Kastner M.A., Bawendi M.G.,
properties of annealed CdSe colloidal nanocrystal
solids", Journal of Applied Physics 92 (12),7498,
2002; featured in Virtual
Journal of Nanoscience and Technology,
vol. 6 (24), Dec. 9, 2002.
- Dekker N.H., Lee C.S., Lorent V., Thywissen J.H., Drndić
M., Westervelt R.M., Prentiss M., “Guiding neutral atoms on a chip”,
Physical Review Letters 84, p. 1124-1127, 2000.
- Johnson K.S., Drndić M., Thywissen J.H., Zabow G.,
Prentiss M., Westervelt R.M., “Atomic deflection using an adaptive microelectromagnet
mirror”, Physical Review Letters 81(6), p.1137-1141, 1998.
- Drndić M., Zabow G., Lee C., Thywissen J.H., Johnson K.S.,
Prentiss M., Westervelt R.M., Featonby P., Savalli V. , Cognet L., Helmerson
K., Westbrook N., Westbrook C.I., Phillips W.D., Aspect A., “Properties
of microelectromagnet mirrors as reflectors of cold Rb atoms”, Physical
Review A 60 (5), p.4012-4015, 1999.
- Drndić M, Johnson KS, Thywissen JH, et al., “Micro-electromagnets
for atom manipulation”, Applied Physics Letters 72 (22), p. 2906-2908,
- Drndić M., Grimshaw M.P., Cooper L.J., Ritchie D. A.,
Patel N., “Tunable electron-hole gases in gated InAs/GaSb/AlSb systems”,
Applied Physics Letters 70, p.481-483, 1997.
Selected Talks (Upcoming and past)
- International Symposium on Clusters and Nanostructures
(ISCAN), Richmond, Virginia, Novermber 2011.
- Telluride Workshop on Single-Molecule Dynamics, Telluride, Colorado,
- Partnership for Research & Education in Materials (PREM), 5th Annual
Symposium, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao, Puerto Rico, May 2011.
- American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Forum for
Emerging Clinical Diagnostic Technologies, 43rd Annual Oak Ridge Conference,
Baltimore, April 2011.
- NHGRI Advanced Sequencing Technology Development Meeting, San Diego,
California, April 2011.
- IWEPNM (International WinterSchool on Electronic Properties of Novel
Materials), Kirchberg, Tirol, Austria, February 26 - March 5, 2011.
- 2011 Frontiers in Nanoscale Science and Technology Workshop, RIKEN
Wako Campus, Wako, Saitama, Japan, January 5-7, 2011.
- Villanova University, Physics Colloquium, Department of Physics,
- Rutgers University, Physics Colloquium, Department of Physics,
- Clarkson University, Joint Seminar in Physics and Electrical &
Computer Engineering, September 2010.
- University of Chicago, Workshop on Electronic
Transport in Nanoengineered Materials, September 16-18, 2010.
- Gordon Research Conference on Nanostructure Fabrication, Tilton,
New Hampshire, July 18-23, 2010. Conference
- Harvard University, Physical Chemistry Lectures, The
Woodward Lecture Series in Chemical Sciences, Department of Chemistry
& Chemical Biology, October 2009.
- University of Delaware, Material Science and Engineering Seminar,
- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Frontiers in Nanoscale Science
and Technology Workshop, May 2009.
- University of California, Irvine, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- University of Notre Dame, Physics Colloquium, Department of
Physics, April 2009.
- Columbia University, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
(NSEC) Seminar, January 2009.
- University of Arizona, Physics Colloquium, Department of
Physics, November 2008.
- University of Pennsylvania, Physics Colloquium, Department
of Physics, November 2008.
- Yale University, Yale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum
Engineering (YINQE) Seminar, October 2008.
- Harvard University, Applied Physics Colloquium, October 2008.
- University of Notre Dame, Condensed Matter Seminar, April
- Arizona State University, Physics Colloquium/Biodesign
Seminar Series, April 2008.
- American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, "TEBAL:
Nanosculpting devices with electrons in a transmission electron microscope",
New Orleans, March 2008.
- Cornell University, Applied Physics Seminar, February
- University of Pennsylvania, Physical Chemistry Seminar,
Chemistry Department, February 2008.
- Quantum Dots 2007,
Forth Lauderdale, Florida, December 2007.
- Drexel University, MEMS/NEMS Seminar, November
- Joint Physics/NanoCenter Seminar Series, University
of Central Florida, October 2007.
- ESP 2007 Workshop: “Excited State Processes in
Electronic and Bio Nanomaterials”, Center for Nonlinear Studies
Conference, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sante Fe, NM, October
- DuPont Central Research and Development, 2007
Discovery Chemistry Seminar Series, June 2007.
- Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting,
Symposium: Low-dimensional materials – Synthesis, Assembly, Property
Scaling, and Modeling; Title: “Nanoparticle Electronics: nanocrystal
assembly and high-resolution device fabrication using transmission electron
beams”, San Francisco, CA, April 2007.
- Notre Dame Workshop: “Fluorescence Intermittency
in single molecules, quantum dots and quantum wires”, University
of Notre Dame, April 2007.
- American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting,
March 2007, Denver, Colorado, Symposium on balancing career and
- Cornell University, Center for Nanoscale Systems
Seminar, October 2006.
- American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting,
Title: “Controlled assembly and electronics in semiconductor nanocrystal-based
devices”, Nanoscale Crystals. Baltimore, March 2006.
- Nanax 2 Conference: “Nanoscience with Nanocrystals”,
Grenoble, France, January 2006.
- National Academy of Engineering, Eleventh Annual
U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, GE Global Research Center,
NY, September 2005.
- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Condensed Matter
Seminar, April 2005.
- Johns Hopkins University, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- University of Delaware, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- Princeton University, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- Temple University, Departmental Colloquium, October
- McGill University, Departmental Colloquium, March
- UC Berkeley, Condensed Matter Seminar, March 2003.
- Harvard University, Condensed Matter Seminar, February
- University of Delaware, Material Science Seminar,
- University of Florida, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- Dartmouth College, Departmental Colloquium, February
- University of Pennsylvania, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- University of Oregon, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- University of Maryland, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- NTT, Atsugi, Japan, Condensed Matter Seminar, August
- Microsystems Technology Laboratory, MIT 2000.
- Brandeis University, Condensed Matter Seminar,
- Harvard University, Quantum Coherence Seminar,
Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics, October
1999, “Advances in atom manipulation using microtraps and guides”.
- Centennial Celebration and Meeting of the American
Physical Society, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1999, “Microelectromagnets
for particle manipulation”.
- Colloquium at Temple University, Physics Department,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 1998, “Microelectromagnets
for atom manipulation”.
- VIIIth International Conference on High Magnetic
Fields, Tallahassee, Florida, October 1998, “Electrical and thermal
properties of microelectromagnets for atom manipulation".
Last modified: December 2009.