BIMat :: Biologically Inspired Materials


Richard Superfine

Associate Professor
M. S., Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley CA, 1985-1991

University of North Carolina

Department:    Physics-Astronomy

Research Statement
Professor Superfine's research interests include the study of nanotubes, molecules, macromolecular assemblies, and polymers at surfaces. These studies are often geared toward understanding atomic scale phenomena in physical systems and the implications for nanoscale devices. Biophysical systems are the most exquisite nanoscale engineering systems that we know. Studies in his group include the properties of viruses, the viscoelasticity of biofluids, integration of molecular motors and electronics, and the dynamics of cilia. To study these systems, his group, including a collaboration with the Computer Science Department, develops new instrumentation and microscopies, including interfaces for human control at the nanoscale. He is co-founder of nanoManipulator, Inc., which won an R&D 100 award for the commercialization of the first of these instrumentation systems.

1985-1991 M. S., Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley CA
1978-1982 B.S. Physics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA

2002 Director, NIH Center for Computer Int. Systems for Microscopy and Manipulation
1999 Associate Professor of Physics, UNC-Chapel Hill
1992-1999 Assistant Professor of Physics, UNC-Chapel Hill
1991-1992 Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow
1982-1985 Senior Technical Associate, AT&T Bell Laboratories

Selected Honors
2001 R&D 100 Award for nanoManipulator System
2000 White House/Smithsonian Millenium Celebration Panelist
2000 Johnson Teaching Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Education (UNC)
1998 Hettleman Prize For Research Excellence (UNC)
1995 Macres Award from the Microbeam Analysis Society
1992 Junior Faculty Development Award -University of North Carolina,

© Biologically Inspired Materials Institute (BIMat). All rights reserved.