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Adam Z. Stieg, Ph.D.

CNSI Associate Director of Technology Centers

Director, Nano & Pico Characterization Lab


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SYNPOSIS. Adam Stieg is a Research Scientist and Associate Director of CNSI responsible for oversight of the Institute’s six Technology Centers – a collection of open-access user facilities that foster innovation across disciplines, facilitate university collaborations with industry, and aid in the rapid commercialization of discoveries by supporting researchers from academia and industry. Dr. Stieg earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Drew University and his Ph.D. in Inorganic/Physical Chemistry from UCLA.

RESEARCH. As a scientist and educator, Dr. Stieg’s research seeks to bridge the gap between our fundamental understanding of nanomaterials and how these systems tend toward complexity at mesoscopic scales. By applying high-performance measurement systems to the rational design of functional nanosystems and architectures, Dr. Stieg strives to address modern challenges renewable energy, developmental biology, and neuromorphic computing. 


Emergent Dynamics of Neuromorphic Nanowire Networks” Scientific Reports, 9: 14920 (2019).

Atomic Switch Networks: Nanoarchitectonic Design of a Complex System for Natural Computing” Nanotechnology 26, 204003 (2015).

Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Atomic Switch Networks for Reservoir Computing” Nanotechnology 38(24), 384004 (2013).

Neuromorphic Atomic Switch Networks” PLoS One, 7(8) e42772 (2012).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS – Nanoarchitectonics

Piezoelectric effect in CVD-grown atomic-monolayer triangular MoS2 piezotronics” Nature Communications 6, 7430 (2015).

The optoelectronic role of chlorine in CH3NH3PbI3-xClx based perovskite solar cells” Nature Communications 6, 7269 (2015).

Thermodynamically Controlled Self-Assembly of Covalent Nanoarchitectures in Aqueous Solution” ACS Nano, 5(5), 3923-3929 (2011).


Nanocharacterization in Dentistry“. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11, (6), 2523-2545 (2011).

A low noise all fiber interferometer for high resolution frequency modulated atomic force microscopy imaging in liquid” Review of Scientific Instruments 81, 023703 (2010).

A flexible, new electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope for nanoscale studies at the solid-liquid interface” Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 103701 (2008).


A current list of Adam Stieg’s scholarly publications can be found here.