Nanomembrane Research Group (NRG)

The Nanomembrane Research Group (NRG) is a group of students, senior scientists, faculty, and entrepreneurs working on the development and application of ultrathin membranes including porous nanocrystalline silicon (pnc-Si). NRG was initially founded at the University of Rochester (UR), but now has active collaborators at UR, RIT, SiMPore, University of Florida, Clarkson University, Vanderbilt University, University of Ottawa, Nottingham among others. We hold twice-a-month in-person group meetings at RIT and the UR. During the warmer months, we hold monthly BBQ collaborator meetings at the Gaborski house.

Nanostructured Energy Systems (NESlabs) Laboratory

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PI: Saeed Moghaddam, Knox T. Milksops Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

NESLabs conducts research on micro/nanoscale transport and nanotechnology for energy science and health applications; nanoengineering of functionalized membranes for energy conversion and storage and filtration/separation applications; heat and mass transfer in micro/nanostructures; microfluidic reactor platforms for fundamental energy research and reaction engineering; portable power.

We are collaborating with NESLabs on utilizing graphene oxide for the separation of water-soluble and albumin-bound toxins from blood for ultimate use in kidney dialysis and liver assist devices. This work is supported by a Multi-PI R21 from NIH/NIBIB.

Microscale BioSeparations (MBS) Laboratory

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
PI: Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

MSB Lab is a research group working on separation, sorting and detection techniques of nano and microbioparticles, sush as macromolecules and cells. We focus on the following electrokinetics techniques: dielectroforesis, electrophoresis and electroosmosis.Our main objetive is to develop robust and rapid microfluidic-based techniques to offer an alternative to traditional bench scale separation/purification processes. Our ultimate goal is to contribute the field of lab on a chip, aiming to create portable laboratories.

SiMPore Inc.

West Henrietta, NY
James Roussie, VP of Operations

SiMPore is a Rochester, New York-based nanotechnology company that designs and produces membranes and membrane-enabled products based on its unique patent-pending platform technology – the NanoBarrier™ ultrathin nanoporous silicon membrane. The NanoBarrier™ membrane is the world’s first membrane to offer both tunable nanometer-scale thickness and pore size. SiMPore is developing products that take advantage of these one-of-a-kind features, including filters for separating and concentrating biological molecules and nanoparticles, cell culture substrates for growing cells, and electron microscopy grids for preparing and imaging samples at the nanoscale.