[Illinois] CNST 2012: Welcome Remarks

By Phyllis Wise1, Ilesanmi Adesida1

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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CNST Workshop 2012
Showcasing University of Illinois research in bionanotechnology/nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, and nanomaterials/nanomanufacturing, leading to cross-campus and industry collaborations.

Workshop Premise

The broad objective of the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) workshop is to showcase University of Illinois research in bionanotechnology/ nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, nanomaterials/nanomanufacturing, and computational nanotechnology/nanomechanics.

The general framework of the nanotechnology workshop is similar to those held on campus since 2003; which were all well attended by industry and academia. Some of those interactions have since then led to industry and cross-campus collaborations. The CNST-led forums and workshops have contributed tremendously toward the formation of multidisciplinary teams leading to the establishment of multimillion dollar new nanotechnology centers on-campus. The workshop will provide a forum for industry interactions and collaborations. The workshop brings together campus community (faculty, graduate and undergraduates, administration) from UIUC and other academic institutions, and industry engaged in cutting-edge research. A workshop panel will discuss the roadmap to future direction of research and development in nanotechnology and regional partnerships.

Established in 2001–02, the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is the premier center for nanotechnology research, education and training, and entrepreneurial and outreach activities.

CNST draws its strength from working as a collaboratory involving the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, Coordinated Science Laboratory,Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Systems, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Schools of Chemical Sciences and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and other multidisciplinary centers.

It brings together nanoscale research from across the campus, drawing faculty from engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, neuroscience, agriculture, medicine, and other areas. The center envisions seamless integration of research from materials to devices to systems and applications. CNST is uniquely located to harness the entrepreneurial and technical spirit in downstate Illinois, with ongoing linkages with the University Research Park, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the State legislature. Industrial and international linkages have also been initiated through multidisciplinary centers. In addition, CNST has embarked on developing a curriculum for nanotechnology education, which will transcend a number of campus departments and units. Exceptional students with interest in nanotechnology projects have been awarded fellowships, as the center prepares the next generation workforce. CNST-led efforts have led to leveraging of existing nanotechnology research labs into also hands-on training sites for molecular and cellular biology, mechanobiology, micro and nanofabrication, and enabling technologies, and tissue engineering.


Welcome Remarks by

Dr. Phyllis Wise - Vice President and Chancellor, University of Illinois Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida - Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois

Phyllis Wise is Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Vice President of the University of Illinois. Dr. Wise is the chief executive officer for the Urbana-Champaign campus and is responsible for all financial programs, campus policies, and priorities with the mission of ensuring a transformative educational experience for America's next generation of leaders. The Urbana-Champaign campus has a budget of $1.5B with more than $400M in research expenditures. There are 42,000 students and 3,000 faculty members. The university is renowned for its interdisciplinary collaborations, advances in human understanding, community outreach, global partnerships, and life-changing scientific developments. Prior to this appointment Phyllis M. Wise was interim President of the University of Washington in 2010-2011. Before that appointment, she served as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Washington, a position she held for five years. During that time Dr. Wise was a professor of physiology and biophysics, biology, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. Dr. Wise was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis for three years. Prior to that, she was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1993 to 2001. Wise also was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from 1976 to 1993, promoted through the ranks to full professor of physiology in 1987. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, she holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan. Wise continues an active research program in issues concerning women's health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging.


Ilesanmi Adesida

Research Statement

The Nanoscale Processing and Devices Group investigates the processing of semiconductors and other materials at the nanometer scale level and applies these techniques to the realization of ultra-high speed optoelectronic devices and circuits. Electron beam lithography with novel resist materials coupled with various dry etching methods are used to achieve nanoscale patterning. The impact of processing at these dimensions are investigated on the performance of heterostructure field effect transistors, photonic, and other quantum effect devices in compound semiconductor materials such as Indium Phosphide, Gallium Nitride, and Silicon Germanium. The Group conducts research on various aspects of the fabrication of these devices including ohmic contact formation, Schottky contact formation, isolation methods. Micro/nano analytical methods are utilized to investigate material conditions needed to achieve optimum processes. Recent thrusts for the nanofabrication work are in the application area of biochemical nanotechnologies.

Nanofabrication and nanoelectromechanical systems; Electronic and transport properties of nanometer-scale semiconductor structures; High speed optoelectronic devices and integrated circuits; and Radiation Effects.

From 1987 to 2010, awarded 34 Ph.D.'s, 21 M.S.; supervised 19 Post-Doctoral Fellows; and supervised numerous undergraduate research projects. Research Funding have been received from the State of Illinois, NSF, NASA, JSEP, SRC, NIH, UIUC Research Board, UIUC-CRI, ONR, Beckman Institute, ARO, ARL, DARPA, Sandia, ETRI (Korea) and industry (KOPIN, CREE, Samsung, Intel, McDonnell-Douglas, APA Optics, TRW, ATMI/Epitronics, NZAT, SVT, Triquint, EMCORE, Sarnoff, and GTE).

Research Interests

Nanofabrication, Electronic and transport properties of ultra-low dimensional semiconductor structures; High speed optoelectronic devices and integrated circuits; and Radiation Effects.



Adeeb Yunus, University of Illinois

Mohamud Mohamed, University of Illinois

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  • Phyllis Wise, Ilesanmi Adesida (2013), "[Illinois] CNST 2012: Welcome Remarks," http://nanohub.org/resources/13909.

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