Please join us in congratulating Prof. Josh Hihath and his team members M.P. Anantram (U of Washington), Meghdad Hajimorad (California State University—Chico), and Shawn Douglas (UCSF) on receiving an NSF Future Manufacturing Seed Grant. This project aims to establish a framework for scalable manufacturing of DNA-based electronics and to foster the development of a diverse workforce appropriately trained to advance the field.
DNA nanotechnology is near a tipping point, similar to the state of semiconductor technology in the 1950’s and 60’s, that could enable new paradigms for the continued exponential growth of the semiconductor industry; open new applications and capabilities for US-based manufacturing; and open new avenues for DNA nanostructure-based devices for biology, optics, and medicine. To succeed in bringing DNA nanotechnology to a manufacturing threshold, this project aims to produce a framework for the long-term expansion of manufacturable DNA-based electronics, leveraging advances in DNA nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanoscale electronics, in addition to developing a diverse workforce appropriately trained to advance the field.