Sarah Swisher

Assistant Professor

Research Area: Micro and Nanostructures; Biomedical and Biological Computational Methods, Devices, and Systems

6-117 Keller Hall

Area of Expertise:

Semiconductor materials and devices, nanocrystal synthesis and characterization, flexible electronics, biomedical devices


Ph.D., 2015, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., 2012, University of California, Berkeley
B. S., 2004, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


My research sits at the intersection of semiconductor device physics, materials science, and bioengineering. Our primary aim is to leverage the beneficial properties of nanomaterials and flexible electronics to address societal-scale challenges. We focus on the materials, devices, and fabrication processes that will enable innovative advancements in biological sensors and green electronics.


“Tailoring Indium Oxide Nanocrystal Synthesis Conditions for High-performance Solution-processed Thin-film Transistors”, S.L. Swisher, S.K. Volkman, and V. Subramanian. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7 (19), pp 10069–10075. doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b00893

“Impedance Sensing Device Enables Early Detection of Pressure Ulcers in vivo”, S.L. Swisher, M. Lin*, A. Liao*, E. Leeflang, Y. Khan, F. Pavinatto, K. Mann, A. Naujokas, D. Young, S. Roy, M.R. Harrison, A.C. Arias, V. Subramanian, and M.M. Maharbiz.Nature Commun., vol. 6, pp. 1-10, 2015. doi: 10.1038/ncomms7575

“Transparent High-performance Thin Film Transistors from Fully Solution-processed SnO2/ZrO2 Gel-like Precursors”, J. Jang, R. Kitsomboonloha, S.L. Swisher, E.S. Park, H. Kang, and V. Subramanian. Adv. Mater. 2013 25, 1042-1047. doi: 10.1002/adma.201202997

“Photovoltaic Performance of Ultrasmall PbSe Quantum Dots”, W. Ma, S.L. Swisher, T. Ewers, J. Engel, V.E. Ferry, H.A. Atwater, and A.P. Alivisatos. ACS Nano 2011 5 (10), 8140-8147. doi: 10.1021/nn202786g