Elisa Riedo, PhD joined the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative in August 2015. She completed both her B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Milan and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ecole Polytechnic Federale Lusanne in Switzerland. Riedo previously taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she served as Professor of Physics. She is particularly well known for her pioneering work in thermochemical nanolithography, a technique used to create nanoscale chemical patterns with applications in biomedicine, nanoelectronics, and magnetic materials. She has also made fundamental contributions to physics and chemistry at the nanoscale, including insights into nano-mechanics and the properties of water confined in nano-spaces, relevant in all living systems. She is widely published, has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Riedo is also a professor in The City College of New York’s Department of Physics.

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Research Interests

Nano-confined Liquids: Physics and chemistry of liquids when confined in nano-spaces. Origin of hydrophobic forces. Nanotribology: Friction and adhesion forces at the nanoscale. NanoMechanics: Elasticity, plasticity and mechanical properties of nano-objects from nanotubes to DNA. Nano-patterning of chemical modified surfaces: ThermoChemical NanoLithography (TCNL)



  • Yang Gao, Suenne Kim, Si Zhou, Hsiang-Chih Chiu, Daniel Nélias, Claire Berger, Walt de Heer, Laura Polloni, Roman Sordan, Angelo Bongiorno and Elisa Riedo, Elastic coupling between layers in two-dimensional materials, Nature materials, 2015, 14, 714-720
  • Ricardo Garcia, Armin Knoll, and Elisa Riedo, Advanced Scanning Probe Lithography, Nature Nanotechnology, 2014, 9, 577
  • Robert Szoszkiewicz and Elisa Riedo, Sliding Charges, Nature Materials, News & Views, 2014, 13, 666-668
  • Keith M. Carroll, Xi Lu, Suenne Kim, Yang Gao, Hoe-Joon Kim, Suhas Somnath, Laura Polloni, Roman Sordan, William P. King, Jennifer E. Curtis adn Elisa Riedo, Parallelization of Thermochemical Nanolithography, Nanoscale, 2014, 6 (3), 1299-1304
  • Deborah Ortiz-Young, Hsiang Chih Chiu, Suenne Kim, Kislon Voitchovsky and Elisa Riedo, The interplay between apparent viscosity and wettability in nanoconfined water, Nature Communications, 2013, , DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3482 (2013)
  • Suenne Kim, Si Zhou, Yike Hu, Muge Acik, Yves J. Chabal, Claire Berger, Walt de Heer, Angelo Bongiorno, and Elisa Riedo, Room Temperature Metastability of Multilayer Epitaxial Graphene Oxide, Nature Materials, 2012, 11, 544
  • Hsiang-Chih Chiu, Sedat Dogan, Mirjam Volkmann, Christian Klinke, and Elisa Riedo, Adhesion and size dependent friction anisotropy in boron nitride nanotubes, Nanotechnology, 2012, 23, 455706


Job History

  • 2015 - Current : Professor of Physics, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center & The City College of New York
  • 2003 - 2015 : Professor of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
  • 2000 - 2003 : Post Doctoral Fellow, EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1996 - 2000 : Ph.D. Physics, University of Milano, Italy - ESRF Grenoble, France
  • 1990 - 1995 : B.S. Physics, University of Milano, Italy