"Applying Diamond or Related Materials to Make Advanced Devices"
Jim Davidson and Weng Kang, Electrical Engineering
This project will apply the technology established in our nanooelectronics laboratory to create active electronic, electrochemical and NEMS (Nano-electro Mechanical Systems) devices out of diamond or similar materials such as carbon nanotubes. Diamond can be used to make devices that are biocompatible, faster, stronger, more sensitive and even cheaper than other approaches. The specific objectives of the program are to:
- Support design of D-NEMS and other device configurations
- Suggest setup and perform tests that support evaluation of diamond/nanocarbon response to stimulus
- Support microscopic analysis of varied diamond layer combinations
Researcher Interests and Skills: This project is best suited for a student interested in nanoelectronic materials and processing, device fabrication, and characterization. Student should have completed a laboratory course and enjoy working in a laboratory setting.
Each of the research projects below centers around the creation, characterization and modeling of nanostructured materials for biological and energy applications. Discovering, designing, characterizing and applying nanomaterials are national research priorities because of the crucial importance of nanomaterials in solving the looming energy crisis, their growing application in medicine (in bio-mimetic and bio-compatible materials), and in post- silicon nanoelectronics. With such a wide range of project areas to choose from students will be assisted as needed in choosing a suitable project that matches their interests.