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

Duke University

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

Curriculum Vitae    Brief Bio

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

Research statement:
   My group studies the design, synthesis and properties of nanostructures for future computer and sensor systems. Specifically, we use DNA self-assembly, a bottom-up fabrication technique that can be used to achieve molecular scale resolution, to build experimental devices which we then characterize using a variety of tools from nanoscience. Connecting this research to the real world requires us to adopt a broad and vertical research approach that employs computational modeling and analytical theory to demonstrate how the unique properties of the systems we discover, and engineer, can best be used. Work in this area of nanoscience is exciting, cross-cutting and requires students to engage in subjects far beyond traditional areas of computer science and engineering.
    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!

October 2014