California NanoSystems Institute
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Adam Stieg, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Nano and Pico Characterization Lab
Member and Associate Research Scientist, California NanoSystems Institute

Ph.D., UCLA, 2007
M.S., UCLA, 2005
B.S., Drew University, 1999

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Work Address: California NanoSystems Institute
California NanoSystems Institute
570 Westwood Plaza
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Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Lab Number: 310-206-2144 NPC Lab Main
Office Phone Number: 310-206-2902 Office
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Dr. Adam Z. Stieg currently serves as the Associate Director of Shared Resources, Scientific Director of the Nano and Pico Characterization Core Facility and Interim Technical Director of the Integrated Systems Nanofabrication Cleanroom at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) as well Director of the Sci|Art NanoLab Institute. Dr. Stieg earned his B.S. with honors in Chemistry from Drew University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry from UCLA. He is a member of the CNSI Executive and Education Committees. As a scientist and educator, Dr. Stieg continues to focus on the development of integrated approaches to study material systems at the interface of traditional boundaries. Through the implementation of original experimental techniques, with a specialized focus in multi-environment, high-performance scanning probe microscopes, his research seeks to bridge the gap between our current understanding of nanomaterials and their fundamental properties with how these systems tend toward complexity at increased scales of space and time. Numerous ongoing, collaborative efforts involve the study of molecular machines, nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, inorganic carbon-based materials, directed stem cell differentiation and the pursuit of physically intelligent systems through neuromorphic computation. His research activities are augmented by active collaboration with artists and designers on various projects, installations, and public exhibitions that directly inform the scientific process and provide motivation to develop new educational content that conveys the need for creativity in innovation.

Selected Publications:

Wang Yue, Torres Jaime A, Stieg Adam Z, Jiang Shan, Yeung Michael T, Rubin Yves, Chaudhuri Santanu, Duan Xiangfeng, Kaner Richard B, Graphene-Assisted Solution Growth of Vertically Oriented Organic Semiconducting Single Crystals, ACS nano, 2015.
Zhu Xiaodan, Kawaharamura Toshiyuki, Stieg Adam Z, Biswas Chandan, Li Lu, Ma Zhu, Zurbuchen Mark A, Pei Qibing, Wang Kang L, Atmospheric and Aqueous Deposition of Polycrystalline Metal Oxides Using Mist-CVD for Highly Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells, Nano letters, 2015.
Qi Junjie, Lan Yann-Wen, Stieg Adam Z, Chen Jyun-Hong, Zhong Yuan-Liang, Li Lain-Jong, Chen Chii-Dong, Zhang Yue, Wang Kang L, Piezoelectric effect in chemical vapour deposition-grown atomic-monolayer triangular molybdenum disulfide piezotronics, Nature communications, 2015, 6, 7430.
Chen Qi, Zhou Huanping, Fang Yihao, Stieg Adam Z, Song Tze-Bin, Wang Hsin-Hua, Xu Xiaobao, Liu Yongsheng, Lu Shirong, You Jingbi, Sun Pengyu, McKay Jeff, Goorsky Mark S, Yang Yang, The optoelectronic role of chlorine in CH3NH3PbI3(Cl)-based perovskite solar cells, Nature communications, 2015, 6, 7269.
Demis E C, Aguilera R, Sillin H O, Scharnhorst K, Sandouk E J, Aono M, Stieg A Z, Gimzewski J K, Atomic switch networks-nanoarchitectonic design of a complex system for natural computing, Nanotechnology, 2015, 26 (20), 204003.
Jonas Steven J, Stieg Adam Z, Richardson Wade, Guo Shuling, Powers David N, Wohlschlegel James, Dunn Bruce, Protein Adsorption Alters Hydrophobic Surfaces Used for Suspension Culture of Pluripotent Stem Cells, The journal of physical chemistry letters, 2015, 6 (3), 388-93.
Shimizu Hirohito, Schredelseker Johann, Huang Jie, Lu Kui, Naghdi Shamim, Lu Fei, Franklin Sarah, Fiji Hannah Dg, Wang Kevin, Zhu Huanqi, Tian Cheng, Lin Billy, Nakano Haruko, Ehrlich Amy, Nakai Junichi, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Nakano Atsushi, Goldhaber Joshua I, Vondriska Thomas M, Hajnóczky György, Kwon Ohyun, Chen Jau-Nian, Mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake by the voltage-dependent anion channel 2 regulates cardiac rhythmicity, eLife, 2015, 4.
A.Z. Stieg, A.V. Avizienis, H.O. Sillin, H-.H. Shieh, C. Martin-Olmos, R. Aguilera, E.J. Sandouk, M. Aono and J.K. Gimzewski, Self-organization and Emergence of Dynamical Structures in Neuromorphic Atomic Switch Networks, Memristor Networks, 2014, Eds. Adamatzky & Chua, 173-209.
A.Z. Stieg, A.V. Avizienis, H.O. Sillin, C. Martin-Olmos, M.-L. Lam, M. Aono and J.K. Gimzewski. , Self-organized Atomic Switch Networks, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 2014, 53 (1S), 01AA02.
R. Tanoue, R. Higuchi, K. Ikebe, S. Uemura, N. Kimizuka, A.Z. Stieg, J.K. Gimzewski and M. Kunitake, Thermodynamic Self-Assembly of Two-Dimensional pi-Conjugated Metal–Porphyrin Covalent Organic Frameworks by “On-Site” Equilibrium Polymerization, Journal of Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology, 2014, 14, 2211-2216.
H.O. Sillin, H-. H. Hsieh, R. Aguilera, A.V. Avizienis, M. Aono, A.Z. Stieg, and J.K. Gimzewski, Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Atomic Switch Networks for Reservoir Computing, Nanotechnology, 2013, 24 (38), 384004.
Arshi Armin, Nakashima Yasuhiro, Nakano Haruko, Eaimkhong Sarayoot, Evseenko Denis, Reed Jason, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Nakano Atsushi, Rigid microenvironments promote cardiac differentiation of mouse and human embryonic stem cells, Science and technology of advanced materials, 2013, 14 (2).
H.O. Sillin, E. Sandouk, A.V. Avizienis, M. Aono, A.Z. Stieg, and J.K. Gimzewski, Benchtop Fabrication of Memristive Atomic Switch Networks, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2014, 14 (4), 2792-2798.
A.V. Avizienis, C. Martin-Olmos, H.O. Sillin, M. Aono, J.K. Gimzewski and A.Z. Stieg, Morphological Transitions in the Electroless Deposition of Copper, Crystal Growth & Design, 2013, 13 (2), 465-469.
R. Tanoue, R. Higuchi, K. Ikebe, S. Uemura, N. Kimizuka, A.Z. Stieg, J.K. Gimzewski and M. Kunitake , Positional Selectivity of Reversible Azomethine Condensation Reactions at Solid/Liquid Interfaces Leading to Supramolecular Formation, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2013, DOI:10.1016/j.jelechem.2013.11.022..
Pawin Greg, Stieg Adam Z, Skibo Catherine, Grisolia Maricarmen, Schilittler Reto R, Langlais Véronique, Tateyama Yoshitaka, Joachim Christian, Gimzewski James K, Amplification of conformational effects via tert-butyl groups: hexa-tert-butyl decacyclene on Cu(100) at room temperature, Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 2013, 29 (24), 7309-17.
Clark Andrew P-Z, Shi Chenjun, Ng Benny C, Wilking James N, Ayzner Alexander L, Stieg Adam Z, Schwartz Benjamin J, Mason Thomas G, Rubin Yves, Tolbert Sarah H, Self-assembling semiconducting polymers--rods and gels from electronic materials, ACS nano, 2013, 7 (2), 962-77.
Tanoue Ryota, Higuchi Rintaro, Ikebe Kiryu, Uemura Shinobu, Kimizuka Nobuo, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Kunitake Masashi, In situ STM Investigation of Aromatic Poly(azomethine) Arrays Constructed by "On-site" Equilibrium Polymerization, Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 2012.
Martin-Olmos Cristina, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Electrostatic force microscopy as a broadly applicable method for characterizing pyroelectric materials, Nanotechnology, 2012, 23 (23), 235701.
Wang Yue, Liu Jinglin, Tran Henry D, Mecklenburg Matthew, Guan Xin N, Stieg Adam Z, Regan B C, Martin David C, Kaner Richard B, Morphological and dimensional control via hierarchical assembly of doped oligoaniline single crystals, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134 (22), 9251-62.
Avizienis Audrius V, Sillin Henry O, Martin-Olmos Cristina, Shieh Hsien Hang, Aono Masakazu, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Neuromorphic atomic switch networks, PloS one, 2012, 7 (8), e42772.
D'Arcy Julio M, Tran Henry D, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Kaner Richard B, Aligned carbon nanotube, graphene and graphite oxide thin films via substrate-directed rapid interfacial deposition, Nanoscale, 2012.
Stieg Adam Z, Avizienis Audrius V, Sillin Henry O, Martin-Olmos Cristina, Aono Masakazu, Gimzewski James K, Emergent criticality in complex turing B-type atomic switch networks, Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), 2012, 24 (2), 286-93.
M. Xue, H. Shen, L. Li, B. Tremolet de Villers, J. Zhu, Z. Yu, A.Z. Stieg, B.J. Schwartz, Q. Pei and K.L. Wang , Charge-carrier Dynamics in Hybrid Plasmonic Organic Solar Cells with Ag Nanoparticles, Applied Physics Letters, 2011, 98, 253302.
Tanoue Ryota, Higuchi Rintaro, Enoki Nobuo, Miyasato Yuya, Uemura Shinobu, Kimizuka Nobuo, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Kunitake Masashi, Thermodynamically controlled self-assembly of covalent nanoarchitectures in aqueous solution, ACS nano, 2011, 5 (5), 3923-9.
Kabehie Sanaz, Xue Mei, Stieg Adam Z, Liong Monty, Wang Kang L, Zink Jeffrey I, Heteroleptic Copper Switches, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132 (45), 15987-15996.
M. Xue, S. Kabehie, A. Z. Stieg, E. Tkatchouk, D. Benitez, W. A. Goddard, J. I. Zink and K. L. Wang, A Nano-Scale Molecular Rotor Device for Non-volatile High-Density Memory Applications, IEEE Electron Device Letters, 2010, 31 (9), 1047-9.
Yokoi Norihiko, Inaba Hiroshi, Terauchi Makoto, Stieg Adam Z, Sanghamitra Nusrat J M, Koshiyama Tomomi, Yutani Katsuhide, Kanamaru Shuji, Arisaka Fumio, Hikage Tatsuo, Suzuki Atsuo, Yamane Takashi, Gimzewski James K, Watanabe Yoshihito, Kitagawa Susumu, Ueno Takafumi, Construction of Robust Bio-nanotubes using the Controlled , Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 2010, 6 (17), 1873-9.
A.Z. Stieg and J.K. Gimzewski, Local Probes: Pushing the Limits of Detection and Interaction, Handbook of Nanophysics, 2010, Principles and Methods, 32:1-17.
Sharma Shivani, Cross Sarah E, Hsueh Carlin, Wali Ruseen P, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, Nanocharacterization in dentistry, International journal of molecular sciences, 2010, 11 (6), 2523-45.
S. Kabehie, A.Z. Stieg, M. Xue, M. Liong, K.L. Wang, and J.I. Zink, Surface Immobilized Heteroleptic Copper Compounds as State Variables , Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2010, 1, 589-592.
Rasool Haider I, Wilkinson Paul R, Stieg Adam Z, Gimzewski James K, A low noise all-fiber interferometer for high resolution frequency modulated atomic force microscopy imaging in liquids, The Review of scientific instruments, 2010, 81 (2), 023703.
M. Xue, S. Kabehie, A.Z. Stieg, E. Tkatchouk, D. Benitez, R.M. Stephenson, W.A. Goddard, J.I. Zink and K.L. Wang, Room temperature negative differential resistance of a monolayer molecular rotor device, Applied Physics Letters, 2009, 95, 093503.
Stieg A Z, Rasool H I, Gimzewski J K, A flexible, highly stable electrochemical scanning probe microscope for nanoscale studies at the solid-liquid interface, The Review of scientific instruments, 2008, 79 (10), 103701.
Zhang Wenyu, Dichtel William R, Stieg Adam Z, Benítez Diego, Gimzewski James K, Heath James R, Stoddart J Fraser, Folding of a donor-acceptor polyrotaxane by using noncovalent bonding interactions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2008, 105 (18), 6514-9.
Wesoloski Lisa M, Stieg Adam Z, Kunitake Masashi, Dultz Shane C, Gimzewski James K, Observations of image contrast and dimerization of decacyclene by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, The Journal of chemical physics, 2007, 127 (17), 174703.
A.Z. Stieg , From the Bottom Up: Instrumentation Design and Nanoscale Studies in Scanning Probe Microscopy, Doctoral Dissertation: University of California- Los Angeles, 2007.
Stieg A Z, Wilkinson P, Gimzewski J K, Vertical inertial sliding drive for coarse and fine approaches in scanning probe microscopy, The Review of scientific instruments, 2007, 78 (3), 036110.
Hlavaty John J, Partin Alan W, Shue Matthew J, Mangold Leslie A, Derby Jennifer, Javier Teofilo, Kelley Shane, Stieg Adam, Briggman Joseph V, Hass G Michael, Wu Ying-Jye, Identification and preliminary clinical evaluation of a 50.8-kDa serum marker for prostate cancer, Urology, 2003, 61 (6), 1261-5.
J. Briggman, B.Watkins, J. Hlavaty, A. Stieg, S. Ball., Detection of Early Stage Cancer by Serum Protein Analysis, American Laboratory, 2001, 33, 32-36.
John J. Hlavaty, Alan W. Partin, Felicity Kusinitz, Matthew J.Shue, Adam Z. Stieg, Kate Bennett and Joseph V. Briggman, Mass Spectroscopy as a Discovery Tool for Identifying Serum Markers for Prostate Cancer, Clinical Chemistry, 2001, 47, 1924-1926.
A. Stieg, Synthesis and Characterization of Tin (IV) Complexes as Possible anti-Tumor Agents, Drew University Library, 1999.