The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) supports the campus-wide electronics and nanotechnology community at Georgia Tech by connecting researchers across academic disciplines. As one of 10 interdisciplinary research institutes at Georgia Tech IEN facilitates interdisciplinary team forming and research, operates state-of-the-art core facilities, connects with external partners, and runs outreach and workforce development programs.
IEN catalyzes interdisciplinary collaborations and supports research and development activities in microelectronics and nanotechnology across Georgia Tech. The innovations emerging from these activities are powering solutions to societal grand challenges in providing food, water, energy, and healthcare, and in improving computing, communication, and national security.
IEN operates state-of-the-art electronics and nanotechnology core facilities at Georgia Tech, offering a broad range of fabrication and characterization capabilities for activities from basic discovery to prototype realization. Part of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), the core facilities are open to users from academia, industry, and government labs. The IEN core facilities enable top-down, lithography-based micro/nano-fabrication, bottom-up material synthesis, high-resolution imaging and advanced material analysis, as well as work at the intersection of life sciences and nanotechnology.
IEN offers workforce development activities for students, post-docs, and faculty as well as industrial partners. Activities range from technical seminars, workshops, and symposia to hands-on short courses. IEN also develops and delivers outreach programs for K-12 through adult learners with the aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Georgia Tech’s New Aluminum Nitride-based Semiconductor is Poised to Transform the Industry
Alan Doolittle is doing what was once thought impossible: turning an electrical insulator into an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor. The results have groundbreaking potential for high-power electronics, optoelectronics, and more.
For the past 80 or so years, aluminum nitride (AlN) has been thought of as nothing but an electrical insulator. Because of its high electrical insulating and thermal conductivity properties, it is used frequently in electronic applications to dissipate heat quickly and maintain efficiency.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, led by professor Alan Doolittle, are discovering that there is a lot more to AlN than meets the eye, and their promising research shows the material has the potential to transform the semiconductor industry. By leveraging the advantages of AlN, ultra-wide bandgap (UWBG) semiconductors can be used at high-power and high-temperature levels never seen before.
“It’s rare to see such encouraging early results,” said Doolittle, the Joseph M. Pettit Professor in the School for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). “To put things into perspective, AlN has the ability to handle over five times the voltage of other existing wide bandgap semiconductors. It really is the birth of a new semiconductor field.”
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
IEN at Georgia Tech serves as a site and Coordinating Office of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), a network of 16 academic sites and their partners with state-of-the-art nanotechnology facilities. NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to these user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, and technical expertise across all areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor
The Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC) is one of the 16 NNCI sites and a partnership between IEN and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), an academic collaboration between North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).
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