Nina Balke

Director

Dr. Balke is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility. She received her MS and PhD in Materials Sciences from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.

Dr. Balke’s research focuses on utilizing state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy to understand and discover new nanoscale materials functionality driven by electric fields and potentials for information and energy technology. This encompasses electromechanical, mechanical, and transport phenomena in inorganic materials and across fluid-solid interfaces.