Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLBB)

Location:   Rooms W374A-E, W376, W380, W390, W392  Scott Laboratory, 201 West 19th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210


Contact Person:     Dr. Bharat Bhushan, Director; 614-292-0651,

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The NLBB is a major nanoprobe laboratory with a focus on bio/nanotechnology and biomimetics with more than 5,700 square feet of laboratory space.  NLBB’s main goals are to carry out fundamental studies in the interdisciplinary areas of bio/nanotribology, bio-nanomechanics and bio/nanomaterials characterization and applications to bio/nanotechnology.  The scope of the research includes the development of theoretical models, development of sophisticated instrumentation and techniques, fabrication of nanostructures, and the acquisition of research data for fundamental understanding.  Research conducted includes measurement of mechanical and electrical properties of nanostructures, development of self-assembled monolayers and perfluoropolyether lubricant and ionic liquid films for micro/nanostructures, studies of biomolecular films for biomedical applications, and the development of bio-inspired  nanostructured surfaces for superhydrophobicity, low drag, and smart adhesion applications.  Access to industry researchers is available, through industrial membership fees or contract research programs.

Available Instrumentation

NLBB maintains various physical and chemical analysis facilities, including:

  • Atomic force microscopes (AFM)
  • Scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
  • Nanoindenter
  • Stylus profiler
  • Noncontact optical profiler
  • Ultra-high vacuum tribotest apparatus
  • Scanning ellipsometer
  • Contact angle measurement apparatus
  • Pin-on-disk tribotest apparatus
  • Optical microscopes
  • Microbalance
  • Coating deposition apparatus
  • Metallurgical sample preparation and polishing apparatus

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