Electronics from the Bottom Up seeks to bring a new perspective to electronic devices – one that is designed to help realize the opportunities that nanotechnology presents. Ever since the birth of solid-state physics, materials have been described in terms of average material parameters like the mobility, optical absorption coefficient, etc., which are then used as inputs to macroscopic device models. Although still widely used, even for modern nanostructured materials, we believe that this two-step approach is no longer adequate to address the problems of our day. An integrated approach that embeds new ways of thinking, emerging from current research on nanoscience, directly into the models used for non-equilibrium problems like nanoscale transistors, energy conversion devices and bio-sensors is needed. The objectives of this initiative are to define and disseminate the fundamentals of this novel viewpoint through a carefully coordinated collection of seminars, short courses and full-semester courses.
A growing collection of resources for educators and self-learners is available on nanoHUB.org at Electronics from the Bottom Up: A New Approach to Nanoelectronic Devices and Materials
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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN