Welcome to the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

 

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.

Interdisciplinary Research

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.

Core Facilities

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.

Workforce Development

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.

News Alert

Microelectronics Momentum Drives the Nation’s Semiconductor Resurgence

 

The world’s dependence on semiconductors came into sharp focus in 2021, when automotive manufacturing ground to a halt because of massive computer chip shortages – as Asian suppliers couldn’t keep up with demand for microelectronics – miniaturized electronic circuits and components that drive everything from smartphones to new vehicle components to hypersonics weapons systems.

The culprit was global supply chain disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has highlighted the pressing need for the U.S. to bolster its domestic semiconductor supply chains and industrial capacity, after three decades of decline as a semiconductor producer. The U.S. share of global semiconductor fabrication has dropped to 12% today, compared to 37% in 1990, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). In addition, the semiconductor industry today only accounts for 250,000 direct U.S. jobs.

As the country rebuilds its semiconductor infrastructure at home, Georgia Tech serves as a vital partner – to train the microelectronics workforce, drive future microelectronics advances, and provide unique fabrication and packaging facilities for industry, academic and government partners to develop and test new solutions.

 

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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