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.

 

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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Prescience Pays Off

Today’s news that the Korean company SKC will soon make semiconductor parts in Covington, Ga. is one of those extraordinary “full circle” stories.

SKC will make glass-based substrates, and the Packaging Research Center was the research epicenter for exploring and developing this new technology. And it so happens that Sung Jin Kim, SKC’s director of new business development, spent a few years on that research team at Georgia Tech.

But to close the circle, there’s another question: Why does Georgia Tech have the 3D Systems Packaging Research Center in the first place?

To answer that, you’d have to go back to 1993, when Rao Tummala took his youngest son to visit Georgia Tech as part of a college tour.

Faces of Research - Meet Oliver Brand

 

What is your field of expertise and why did you choose it?

My research is in the area of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems or MEMS and, in particular, the development of micro-scale physical, chemical and biological sensors, which are fabricated using processes similar to the ones used to make integrated circuits. I was first introduced to this area at the beginning of my Ph.D. in the early 1990s and was initially fascinated by images of these micrometer-sized devices. We quickly learned that these beautiful, tiny structures and devices can have many useful applications.

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