Masha Kamenetska

Assistant Professor (Chemistry, Physics, MSE)

  • Office LSEB 907
  • Phone 617-358-3334

Assistant Professor (Chemistry, Physics, MSE)

  • Primary Appointment Department of Physics and Chemistry
  • Education B.S. Physics, MIT 2005
    Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Columbia University, 2012
    NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University 2012-2014
    Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2014-2017
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Scientific Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2014
    Robert Simon Memorial Prize for best PhD, Department of Applied Physics, Columbia University, 2012
    National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, 2011
    Burroughs Welcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant, 2011
    Ph.D. with Distinction, Columbia University, 2012
    Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, MIT 2005
  • Research Areas The Kamenetska research group develops and uses novel single molecule nano-manipulation, detection and spectroscopy techniques to understand and control how the structure of the intermolecular interface affects function in biological and man-made devices.

    As matter is confined to the nanometer scale, unusual phenomena arise. The ~1 nm regime is where physics meets chemistry–materials approach atomic dimensions and can no longer be described by bulk properties. In order to create devices on these size scales, we must learn to probe the atomic structure of single molecule systems while simultaneously measuring their function. Of particular interest is to understand how the structure of the intermolecular interface affects properties. My lab develops experimental approaches that allow such multi-probe measurements on the nanometer scale in both biological and semiconducting materials. Methods include Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Break Junction, Atomic Force Microscopy, Optical Tweezers and Raman Spectroscopy. We are working to combine existing measurements in novel ways and invent new single-molecule sensing probes. Our vision is for label-free, sub-diffraction-limit investigation and control of single molecule machines.

Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary Faculty (MSE)