University of Minnesota
Institute of Technology
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Heiko O. Jacobs
Associate Professor


Area of expertise: Micro/Nanotechnology, Integration of Nanoparticles/Nanowires, Nanochiplets & Microscopic Dies, Engineered Self-Assembly, NanoXerographic Printing.

Post doc. Fellowship, 2001, Chem., Harvard University
D.Sc.Tech., 1999, ME/EE, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
M.S., EE, 1995, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany
B.S., EE, 1993, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany

Contact information

Office: 5-163 Keller Hall
Telephone: (612) 626-7193
E-mail: hjacobs (at)
Personal Web Site:

1/2004  McKnight Land-Grant Professor, A professorship program awarded to the most promising tenure-track assistant professors to strengthen the University’s faculty for the future.

4/2003  3M Junior Faculty Award, for work on self-assemble based manufacturing. The 3M grant supports junior faculty and is targeted to higher education in science, technology and business.

2/2003  National Science Foundation CAREER Award for work on the Directed Assembly of Nanoparticles to enable the Fabrication of Nanoparticle-Based Devices.

Micro- and Nanotechnology. In modern science and engineering, the borders between existing fields provide some of the best opportunities for research. In my research program I will focus on multidisciplinary, exploratory research in three areas: Non-Traditional Nanofabrication, Self-Assembly-Based Manufacturing, and Nanometer-Scale Charge-Based Printing (NanoXerography).

Non-Traditional Nanofabrication. In my earliest work in this area we concentrated on the development of scanning probe microscopy and scanning probe lithography to study and modify electrical properties on a nanometer scale. Today scanning probe allows fabricating prototypes of devices such as single electron transistors. As a new direction, I suggest a parallel strategy that is 5 orders of magnitude faster. Instead of using a single contact to expose the surface we use a flexible conductive stamp to form multiple contacts of different size and shape.

Self-Assembly-Based Manufacturing. Nature employs self-assembly to create life. Self-assembly to generate materials from atomic, molecular, or super-molecular structures is well-known in materials science, chemistry, and biochemistry. Compared to the extensive studies in these areas, little work has been reported on employing self-assembly on a larger length scale. Our goal is to develop, study, and exploit self-assembly processes as a new manufacturing element in engineering to assemble and package functional hybrid devices in two- and three-dimensions.

Nanometer-Scale Charge-Based Printing (NanoXerography). In xerographic printers, toner particles become trapped in charged areas. In NanoXerography we study the limits of xerographic printing, i.e. fabricate high-resolution charge patterns and investigate their use to organize nanoparticles on surfaces. In the first experiments we achieved a resolution of 2.5 micrometers (20 times the resolution of the best xerographic printer).

Selected publications
Jacobs, Heiko O., A. R. Tao, A. Schwartz, D. H. Garcias, and G. M. Whitesides. "Fabrication of a Cylindrical Display by Patterned Assembly". Science, 296 (2002): 323.

 Jacobs, Heiko O., and G. M. Whitesides. "Sub-Micron Patterning of Charge in Thin-Film Electrets". Science, 291 (2001): 1763.

Jacobs, Heiko O., and A. Stemmer. "Measuring and Modifying the Electric Surface Potential Distribution on a Nanometer Scale: a Powerful Tool in Science and Technology". Surface and Interface Analysis, 27 (1999): 361.