Nanotechnology is a field that holds much promise, but has delivered little to consumers aside from stain-resistant pants and tennis balls that have more bounce. Georgia Tech chemistry professor Seth Marder is aiming to change that. Marder and his colleagues at Tech's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics are working on bringing nanotechnology out of the lab and into the marketplace.
Using a process known as two-photon absorption, the research groups of Marder and colleague Joseph Perry are developing a broad set of materials for 3D micro and nanolithography. With these materials, Perry and his group can use a focused laser beam to create physical and chemical changes at various depths in the material without altering the exterior—essentially carving structures from the inside out.
Marder is the director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics. His honors include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Lew Allen Award, a National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award. He was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003) and the Optical Society of America (2004). Marder is a co-founder of Arizona Microsystems L.L.C. and Focal Point L.L.C. and a member of the scientific advisory board of Lumera Corporation.