Welcome to the website of Prof. Daniel Gall's Thin Films and Nanostructures Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In our research, we use ultra-high vacuum deposition equipment to take atoms and put them on surfaces to create new materials and nanostructures. We then measure their structure as well as their mechanical, electrical and optical properties. For example, we study metal nanowires for future integrated circuits, explore atomic bonding in nitrides to design new hard and tough coatings, create new nitride semiconductors for thermoelectric waste heat recovery, or study atomic transport through nanopores to design self-lubricating coatings for bearings in fuel-efficient jet-engines and wind-turbines.

We invite you to visit our web-site, contact us by email, and come visit us in person. We are interested in collaborative research efforts and always look for motivated students to join our team! Prof. Gall's office is in the Materials Research Center (MRC 204) and we have various award-winning posters that show more of our research in the hallway near MRC 130.


Group lunch, Spring 2018


Group dinner, summer 2017


Group meeting, fall 2015



Group hike, summer 2013


Group meeting, fall 2013



Group meeting, fall 2012



Group lunch, spring 2011


Group hike, summer 2008



Group dinner, fall 2007