Electronic Materials

Professors working in this area include:

Electronic materials, semiconductors, are among the most advanced materials ever harnessed for technology, often requiring purities of one part in ten million and infrastructure costs of >$3 billion for the most advanced applications. Besides silicon-based computer chips, semiconductors are used for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, solar cells, and wireless systems. These materials have had such a profound impact on our society that some have dubbed the age in which we live, “The Silicon Age,” analogous to the Stone or Iron Ages.

Professor Kirk Bevan's research group explores nanoscale electronic materials and devices. This is accomplished through the application and development of technology computer aided design (TCAD) methods. The ultimate goal of this research is to drive the design and discovery of new technologies through electronic design automation (EDA).  Topics of research in the electronic materials theme include: nanoscale interconnects, solid-state memory devices, and transistors.

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Research in electronic materials is carried out in the lab of Professor Nathaniel Quitoriano and focuses on the spectrum of research from semiconductor growth and materials characterization to device fabrication and device characterization. Professor Quitoriano is researching semiconductor nanowires, metal-catalyzed semiconductor growth, and selective area semiconductor growth to advance solar cell, sensor, laser and light detector technologies.

Transmission electron micrographs of a Si nanowire MOSFET.