Elisa Riedo newest faculty member with CUNY ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative

The City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) has appointed Dr. Elisa Riedo as Professor of Physics within the Nanoscience Initiative.

Riedo, who will also hold a professorship at the department of physics at The City College of New York, specializes in fundamental and applied aspects of nanoscale experimental science. She is particularly well known for her pioneering work in thermochemical nanolithography, a technique used to create nanoscale chemical patterns with applications in biomedicine, nanoelectronics, and magnetic materials. She has also made fundamental contributions to physics and chemistry at the nanoscale, including insights into nano-mechanics and the properties of water confined in nano-spaces, relevant in all living systems.


“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Elisa Riedo to CUNY,” said Dr. Gillian Small, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director of the ASRC. “Her experience and research excellence make her ideally suited to the innovative, entrepreneurial research environment of the ASRC.” “Dr. Riedo is an exceptionally talented scientist who is committed to our mission of creating a top level research institute at CUNY which will serve as a focal point for nanoscience in the NYC metro area,” said Dr. Rein Ulijn, Director of the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative.

Riedo joins the ASRC from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Department of Physics, where she served as a full professor. She is widely published, has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

The ASRC Nanoscience Initiative operates over two floors in the ASRC building, first and ground floors, and houses state-of-the-art facilities, including experimental labs for characterization, synthesis and nanofabrication. This includes a 5,000-square-foot clean room that is among the best equipped on the East Coast.

“I am very excited about starting this new adventure,” Riedo said. “I am convinced that the ASRC together with the CUNY colleges and the amazing research centers in NYC will be able to catalyze the incredible energy, diversity and creativity of this city, and reach great results in nanoscience and nanotechnology.”

Joining Riedo will be Dr. Tai-De Li, who will serve under Riedo’s direction as the core facility manager for the new Surface Science Facility. Li worked also at Georgia Tech as a research scientist focusing on the nanopatterning of 2D heterostructures via nanoscale local heating.


About the ASRC: The new CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is a University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. Led by Dr. Gillian Small, Vice Chancellor for Research and the ASRC’s executive director, the center is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture. Researchers from each of the initiatives work side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. Funding for the ASRC from New York State is gratefully acknowledged.