The goal of our research program is to understand the fundamental process of nanoscale interfaces and use that information to develop novel instrumentation and tools which will enhance our quality of life and protect the environment. Our focus areas are nanoscale interface and molecular engineering with an emphasis on oilsands, nanobiology, and energy harvesting. Our expertise lies in instrumentation that includes nanomechanical physical, chemical, and biological sensors, scanning probe microscopy, design of molecularly engineered surfaces, novel instrumentation, and standoff mid-infrared spectroscopy. Another area we are involved in is the synthesis of engineered nanomaterials and functionalization of their surfaces for applications in sensing and nanobiology. Our group is focused on applying interfacial tools and techniques to scenarios in the oilsands, material sciences, biomedical sciences, environmental monitoring and remediation, and energy research.