Electronic Materials & Devices

Electronic materials and devices examples
Electronic Materials & Devices

Much of the infrastructure that has facilitated the remarkable advances in electronic and computer technology has been based on advances in electronic materials and devices. Research at Michigan State University in electronic materials and devices includes simulation, design, fabrication, characterization, and applications. State of the art facilities have been established for materials synthesis using physical vapor deposition techniques such as e-beam deposition, sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, solid solutions, and molecular beam epitaxy. In addition, this group is well recognized for the work on plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition techniques for the growth of polycrystalline and nanocrystalline diamond, diamond like carbon, amorphous carbon, and carbon nanotubes, as well as a variety of carbide and nitride hard coating techniques which utilize microwave and plasma technologies developed in this group. Facilities in the department include semiconductor characterization equipment, and a cleanroom for standard lithography processes for device fabrication, and microelectromechanical system (MEMS) development.

Research activities include participation in two world-class research centers; the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications located at the MSU campus and the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Micro-Systems (WIMS) awarded to 3 Michigan universities (The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Michigan Technological University.)

Additional research includes the investigation of electronic/structural properties and biocompatibility of nanostructures, the growth mechanisms of carbon nanostructures, amorphous tetrahedral carbon, diamond, silicon nanowires, scanning probe microscopy and nanomanipulation. Synthesis, fabrication and characterization studies of nanowires thermoelectric materials. The design, growth, and investigation of compound semiconductors for device applications using in-situ monitoring, is coupled with statistical analysis and advanced modeling techniques.

Electronic Materials & Devices Researchers:

Dean Aslam, Jes AsmussenVirginia Ayres, Terence Brown, Tim Grotjohn, Tim Hogan, Don Reinhard

Related Websites:

Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications (Asmussen)
CCL-Diamond (Asmussen, Brown, Grotjohn, Hogan, Reinhard)
Electronic and Biological Nanostructures (Ayres)
Electronic Materials & Pulsed Laser Deposition (Hogan)