Chris Dwyer
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science

Duke University

Office: 209B Hudson Hall
(919) 660-5275

Teaching Schedules

ECE 590 - Integrated Molecular Systems (F13)
ECE 331
- Introduction to Integrated Circuits (F05)
ECE 511 - Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology (S05, S06, S08, S11, F12)
ECE 350 - Digital Systems (F06, F07, S08, F09, F10, F11, S13, S14)
ECE 611 - Nano- and molecular-scale computing seminar (S07, S10, S12)

Current Research Interests 

Computing at molecular-scales

Emerging technologies in support of stochastic computing & machine learning

DNA Self-assembly for computer system fabrication

Hybrid DNA/silicon semiconductor processing

New device technologies enabled by self-assembly

Simulation of nanoscale systems and DNA self-assembly

Applied DNA nanotechnology (see Parabon Nanolabs, Inc.)

Research Tools

Our techniques and applications: List of publications

Our public software design and simulation codes: Software

A note to student applicants:
   My research group studies topics which are diverse and cut across many disciplines. As such, few if any of my most successful students had direct experience with every aspect of the research we do here. Rather, they have the passion and drive to expand their own horizons and learn what they need to be successful. Come prepared with a strong foundation in computer science & engineering and you will be given the chance to master the rest. Best wishes!

Research synopsis

   The Self-Assembled Systems Group studies the design and fabrication of nanostructures as applied specifically to the fabrication of future computing and sensor systems: devices-to-computer architecture. The terms 'nanocomputing' or 'molecular computing' refer to the fabrication techniques (e.g., self-assembly) that have the potential to create devices with critical dimensions near the molecular scale (i.e., < 10nm). However, defects introduced during self-assembly and device operation require a change in the way we design and build these systems.

    Self-assembly is a bottom-up fabrication technique that can be used to achieve molecular scale resolution. Some of the images to the right are atomic force microscope (AFM) images of several nanostructures that we have fabricated in our lab. The goal is to use these structures to integrate active nanoelectronic devices into a fully self-assembled circuit technology - and to study the new forms of computer architecture that the technology enables. To do this we have adopted a broad and vertical research approach to cover topics in the synthesis and design of DNA nanostructures, nanoscale device and circuit modeling, and studies of emerging computer architectures. We are also interested in expanding the domain within which computing can be applied, specifically into biological and physical environments.

On the ACR cover, June 2014!

Curriculum Vitae    Brief Bio

August 2013