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We develop nanofactories for digital manufacturing of artificial matter and nanodevices from colloidal particles, wires and membranes as building blocks. We invent a series of low-power user-friendly optothermal tools for assembly of building blocks into complex architectures with computer control. Inline metrology enables in-situ structural and functional measurements. 

Many of the basic molecular building blocks of life are chiral species. Chiral molecules are non-superimposable on their mirror images. We develop chiroptical devices that enable label-free enantiodiscrimination and enantioselective separation of chiral molecules to advance space life detection and studies of the origin and rules of life.

We develop low-cost high-performance opto-thermo-fluidic lab on a chip to bring healthcare diagnostics and therapy to underserved areas. We merge photonics, thermodynamics, fluidics and artificial intelligence at the nanoscale to interrogate biological cells and molecules and to purify drug molecules at unprecedented levels in low-resource settings.