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Gregory Doerk

Staff Scientist | Electronic Nanomaterials


  • Nanofabrication
  • Directed Self-Assembly
  • Block Copolymers
  • Semiconductor Nanostructures
  • Reactive Ion Etching

CFN Research Activities

Greg’s research aims to direct the self-assembly of polymers and use them to synthesize new materials with tailored nano-architectures for optical, chemical, and energy applications.  Special focus is given to developing combinatorial, high-throughput, and adaptive experimental methods that will help integrate self-assembly into scalable and cost-effective processes for materials manufacturing.  


  • B.S.: Case Western Reserve University, 2005
  • Major: Chemical Engineering; Minor: Philosophy
  • PhD: University of California, Berkeley, 2010
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Dissertation Title: Synhesis, Characterization, and Integration of Silicon Nanowires for Nanosystems Technology

Professional Appointments

  • Staff Scientist, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2015 – present
  • Research Staff Member, HGST, a Western Digital Co., 2013-2015
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, IBM Research – Almaden, 2010-2013

Selected Publications & Research Highlights


  • G.S. Doerk, R. Li, M. Fukuto, K.G. Yager, Wet Brush Homopolymers as ‘Smart Solvents’ for Rapid, Large Period Block Copolymer Thin Film Self-Assembly, Macromolecules, 53, 1098 (2020). [DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b02296]
  • K. Toth, C.O. Osuji, K.G. Yager, G.S. Doerk, Electrospray deposition tool: Creating compositionally gradient libraries of nanomaterials, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 013701 (2020). [DOI: 10.1063/1.5129625]
  • A. Subramanian, G.S. Doerk, K. Kisslinger, D.H. Yi, R.B. Grubbs, C.Y. Nam, Direct Infiltration Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Electroactive ZnO Nanomesh Using Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Thin Films, Nanoscale 11, 9533 (2019). [DOI: 10.1039/C9NR00206E]