Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Nanotechnology:  Building Molecular & Nanoscale Devices


We design electronic devices that use a single or a few molecules to store information or access electronic states. Such devices can lead to basic elements, such as memory components, electronic switches, and transistors to promote nano-sized devices.   

The research projects in my lab are interdisciplinary, integrating topics of physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials science.  My goal is to train a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students in these fields and expose them to experimental skill sets that will allow them to become a leader in industry, a researcher, or a professor in academics.  I am passionate about involving both undergraduate and high school students in the research experience.  Most importantly, I encourage all of my students to explore and be creative.  We are all talented and have the ability to advance fundamental science and engineering.  I welcome collaborations and support from industries, private foundations, and small businesses. 


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Kim Michelle Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

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Biomedical Research: Exploring Techniques to Study Biological Systems


We investigate the electrophysiology of adult stem cells and prostate cancer cells to identify their electrical properties for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications.  Applications include orthopedic implants related to the repair of damaged tissue or organs.

Prof. Lewis serves as a role model for young women scientists in order to bridge the STEM gap. Read the story in the Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2015 (page 18).

Research Opportunities:  Training Future Scientists


We train the next generation of scientists by providing graduate, undergraduate, and high school research opportunities via research assistantships, undergraduate research programs, and unpaid internships.  

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The Principal Investigator

Prof. Kim Michelle Lewis:

Associate Professor of Physics



The Hybrid Electronics and Characterization Laboratory (HECL) is dedicated to the advancement of fundamental science in condensed matter physics, electrical engineering, and biomedical sciences. We welcome collaborations and support from industries, private foundations, and small businesses.

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Hybrid Electronics and

Characterization Lab

Our research team make advances in fundamental science.