Published on Thursday September 22, 2011
Professor Jonathan Spanier, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will lead a new project awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) entitled, "NEB: Meta-Capacitance and Spatially Periodic Electronic Excitation Devices (MC-SPEEDs)."
This project, a collaboration among Drexel University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania, is awarded under the Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond Competition. The team consisting of Prof. Spanier (PI) and colleagues, Dr. Andrew Rappe, Dr. Moonsub Shim, Dr. Nadya Mason and Dr. Lane Martin, will focus on incorporating novel channel and gate materials into transistors to bypass traditional limits of these devices. This will in turn lead to a new generation of low-power, high on-off current ratio, fast response switches and will change the way we use many modern-day devices. Total support for the four-year project from the NSF and SRC/NRI is $1,800,000.
To support transformative research and development in the area of nanoelectronics, the NSF and SRC/NRI selected and are jointly funding 12 projects from more than 120 submitted proposals under the Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) program.