NJIT Research Professor Reginald C. Farrow explores the interface between nanotechnology and biophysics and biomedical engineering. His focus is to develop a method to investigate the fundamental properties of biological cells at the nanoscale using an array of carbon nanotube probes. His goal has been to understand how cells communicate both internally and with other cells. This communication drives the individual and collective cell functions at the most basic level.
Farrow and his team have used the same carbon nanotube array platform to fabricate the world’s smallest biofuel cell which may be used in the future to power in vivo versions of the nanoprobe array and other biomedical devices.
Following a 25-year career at Bell Laboratories, investigating materials and developing nanofabrication for advanced devices, Farrow joined NJIT in 2004 as part of the biophysics and materials science programs in the department of physics. While here, he has realized more of his ultimate goals, thanks to a multidisciplinary team from five institutions which he assembled. His team includes people with expertise in biophysics, chemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, materials science, and electrical engineering.
While at NJIT, his federal research grants have funded eight faculty, three postdoctoral fellows, nine graduate students and five undergraduates. Sources have included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Farrow was President and Conference Chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beams and Nanofabrication. He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, given 14 invited talks and received 11 patent awards, four while at NJIT. Yet, more patents are pending.
He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Rochester, a Master’s in Physics from Rutgers University and a PhD in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Last update: Sept. 7, 2012
Topics: nanotechnology, biophysics, materials science, electron microscopy, nanofabrication, fundamental condensed matter physics