Michael Sailor

Chemistry and Biochemistry


National Academy of Inventors
Research Focus
Nanomaterials: porous silicon, chemical and biological sensors, biomaterials, electrochemistry

Research Summary

Research in the Sailor group involves synthesis of nanophase materials with unusual optical or electronic properties. Much of the effort is focused on the chemistry of nanocrystalline "porous" silicon. We are interested in biological, liquid, and gas sensors based on photoluminescence and photonic crystal properties of this material. We investigate microparticles and nanoparticles of porous silicon for applications such as in vivo imaging, controlled drug release, and cell-based experimentation platforms.

Michael Sailor
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B.S. Harvey Mudd College, 1983; Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1988; Postdoctoral position, Stanford University and California Institute of Technology, 1988-1990; Appointed to faculty, 1990-; Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, 1993; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1994-1995; NSF Young Investigator Award, 1993-1998; Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1994; University of California Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 1995; Popular Science Magazine "Best of What's New" General Technology award winner 2002; Outstanding Faculty Mentor in the Sciences and Engineering, UC San Diego, 2004; Lipscomb Lecturer, University of South Carolina, 2004; J. Clarence Karcher Medal, 2008; Meritorious Civilian Service Award, United States Air Force, 2010; Outstanding Alumnus Award, Harvey Mudd College, 2012; Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012; UCSD Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring, 2013.