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Virginia Ayres

Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), College of Engineering

Engr Rsch Complex, 1449 Engineering Research Ct Room C135


Investigates both inorganic and organic nanostructures. The small physical dimensions of nanostructures result in new and fascinating localized and sometimes quantized interactions. At the nano (10-9 m) level, the distinction between organic and inorganic behavior can be reduced to fundamental interactions common to both. However, very different applications are enabled by different combinations of ... the same fundamentals! Our group investigates two combinations, biocompatibility between organic and inorganic nanostructures, and nanocircuits for applications in harsh radiation and low temperature environments.

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Ph.D., Physics, Purdue University 1985

M.S., Physics, Purdue University 1982

B.A., Physics and Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University 1977


Outsanding Alumnus Award


Benjamin W. Jacobs, Virginia M. Ayres, Mihail P. Petkov, Joshua B. Halpern, MaoQe He, Andrew Baczewski, Kaylee McElroy, Martin A. Crimp, Jiaming Zhang, Harry C. Shaw, "Electronic and Structural Characteristics of Zinc-Blende Wurtzite Biphasic Homostructure GaN Nanowires," Nano Lett., Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 1435-1438, 2007.

B W Jacobs, V M Ayres, R E Stallcup, A Hartman, M A Tupta, A D Baczewski, M A Crimp, J B Halpern, M He and H C Shaw, "Electron Transport in Zinc-Blende Wurtzite Biphasic Gallium Nitride Nanowires and GaNFETs", Nanotech., Vol.18, 475710 (6 pp) (2007)

Y Fan, Q Chen, V M Ayres, A D Baczewski, L Udpa and S Kumar, "Scanning Probe Recognition Microscopy Investigation of Tissue Scaffold Properties," Vol 2, Issue 4, pp. 651-661, Int. J. Nanomedicine (2007)

(Invited) Sally Meiners, Ijaz Ahmad, Abdul S. Ponery, Nathan Amor, Virginia M. Ayers, Yuan Fan, Qian Chen, and Ashwin N. Babu, "Engineering Electrospun Nanofibrillar Surfaces for Spinal Cord Repair: A Discussion", Polymer Int., Vol 56, pp 1340-1348 (2007)