Current Research Interests

Welcome to the Brenner Research Group! We’re housed in the ECE Department at SMU in the heart of Dallas, TX. In general, our research explores the transport physics (i.e., the flow of energy) in synthetic and biological systems with the aim of creating disruptive devices. We tend to focus on emerging systems with interesting properties, like two-dimensional crystals, or fundamental biological elements, like lipid bilayers. Experimentally, our group draws on advanced techniques in Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, coupled with device fabrication and testing. Our current research interests are highlighted below.


Electrical and Thermal Transport

This area of research explores the flow of electrons and phonons in low-dimensional systems like two-dimensional crystals, van der Waals heterostructures, and lipid bilayers. This work often involves nanoscale device fabrication in a cleanroom, electrical testing, and material characterization using techniques like Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, to name a few. We touch upon applications in BEOL-compatible transistors, nonvolatile memory, and sensors.


Acoustic Transport

This area of research explores the flow of (ultra)sound in various systems. Our past work has focused on biomedical devices, such as in vivo imaging and ablation. Our current work is mostly focused on acoustic sensing for biological systems or extremely complex heterogeneous structures.


Statistical Analysis of Transport

This area of research applies computational statistics, like machine learning, to decode and classify the transport physics of complex systems. This work tends to focus on sensing.