Marija Drndic

Marija Drndic
Standing Faculty

Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics

Research Areas: Condensed Matter

(215) 898-5810

DRL 2N28


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 in 2000.

My positions and honors are:

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)
Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Harvard College 1994.
Harvard College Scholarship (1992-1994). 


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

Research Interests

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, 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

Courses Taught

Phys 016: Energy, Oil and Global Warming 

Phys 080: Physics and Consciousness 

Phys 101: General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound 

Phys 150: Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion 

Phys 151: Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation   

Phys 411:  Introduction  Quantum Mechanics I 

Phys 412: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II 

Phys 433: Order of Magnitude Physics 

Phys 501: Introduction to Research

Selected Publications
  • C.-C. Chien, S. Shekar, D. Niedzwiecki, K. Shepard, M. Drndic, “Single-Stranded DNA Translocation Recordings Through Solid-State Nanopores on Glass Chips at 10-MHz Measurement Bandwidth”, ACS Nano  ACS Nano, 13 (9), 10545, 2019.
  • Controlled Growth of Large-Area Bilayer Tungsten Diselenides with Lateral P−N Junctions,S. V. Mandyam, Meng-Qiang Zhao, Paul Masih Das,Qicheng Zhang, Christopher C. Price, Zhaoli Gao, Vivek B. Shenoy, Marija Drndić, A. T. Charlie Johnson, ACS Nano, 13 (9), 10490, 2019.
  • P. Masih Das, J. P. Thiruraman, M.-Q. Zhao, S. Mandyam, A. T. C. Johnson, M. Drnd, “Atomic-Scale Patterning in Two-Dimensional van der Waals Superlattices”, Nanotechnology 31 (10), 2019
  • Two-Dimensional Nanopores and Nanoporous Membranes for Ion and Molecule Transport, Gopinath Danda and Marija Drndić*, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, online, 2018; 55C, 124-133, 2019.
  • Wavelet denoising of high-bandwidth nanopore and ion channel signals, S. Shekar, C.-C. Chien, A. Hartel, P. Ong, O. B Clarke, A. Marks, Marija Drndić, Ken L. Shepard. Nano Letters, 19 (2), 1090, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04388.
  • Angstrom-size defect creation and ionic transport through pores in single-layer MoS2, Jothi Priyanka Thiruraman, Kazunori Fujisawa, Gopinath Danda, Paul Masih Das, Tianyi Zhang, Adam Bolotsky, Nestor Perea-Lopez, Adrien Nicolai, Patrick Senet, Mauricio Terrones, Marija Drndić*, Nano Letters 18 (3), 1651-1659, 2018.
  • Patterning superconductivity in a topological insulator, Jerome T. Mlack, Atikur Rahman, Gopinath Danda, Natalia Drichko, Sarah Friedensen, Marija Drndić, Nina Marković, ACS Nano 11 (6), 5831, 2017.
  • Monolayer WS2 Nanopores for DNA Translocation with Light-Adjustable Sizes, Gopinath Danda, Paul Masih Das, Yung-Chien Chou, Jerome T. Mlack, William M. Parkin, Carl H. Naylor, Kazunori Fujisawa, Tianyi Zhang, Laura Beth Fulton, Mauricio Terrones, Alan T. Charlie Johnson, and Marija Drndić*, ACS Nano 11 (2), 1937, 2017.
  • Transfer of Monolayer TMD WS2 and Raman Study of Substrate Effects, J.T. Mlack, P. Masih Das, G. Danda, Y.-C. Chou, C.H. Naylor, Z. Lin, N. Perea-López, T. Zhang, M. Terrones, A.T.C. Johnson, and M. Drndić*, Scientific Reports 7, 43037, 2017.
  • Controlled Sculpture of Black Phosphorous Nanoribbons, Paul Masih Das, Gopinath Danda, Andrew Cupo, William Parkin, Liangbo Liang, Neerav Kharche, Xi Ling, Shengxi Huang, Mildred Dresselhaus, Vincent Meunier*, Marija Drndić*, ACS Nano 10 (6), 5687, 2016. (Journal Cover Art)
  • In situ transmission electron microscopy modulation of transport in graphene nanoribbons, Julio Rodriguez-Manzo, Zhenqqing John Qi, Alexander Crook, Jae-Hyuk Ahn, A. T. Charlie Johnson, Marija Drndić, ACS Nano 10 (4), 4004, 2016.Raman shifts in electron-irradiated monolayer MoS2, William Parkin, Adrian Balan, Liangbo Liang, Michael Lamparski, Carl Naylor, Julio Rodriguez-Manzo, Charlie Johnson, Vincent Meunier*, Marija Drndić*, ACS Nano 10 (4), 4134, 2016.
  • 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, 2008.
  • M. D. Fischbein and M. Drndić, "Electron beam nanosculpting of suspended graphene sheets", Applied Physics Letters 93, 113107, 2008.
  • 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, 2006.
  • 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, 2006.
  • 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.
  • 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, 1998.
  • 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. 


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