Tags: nanoelectronics


Progress in technology has brought microelectronics to the nanoscale, but nanoelectronics is not yet a well-defined engineering discipline with a coherent, experimentally verified, theoretical framework. The NCN has a vision for a new, 'bottom-up' approach to electronics, which involves: understanding electronic conduction at the atomistic level; formulating new simulation techniques; developing a new generation of software tools; and bringing this new understanding and perspective into the classroom. We address problems in atomistic phenomena, quantum transport, percolative transport in inhomogeneous media, reliability, and the connection of nanoelectronics to new problems such as biology, medicine, and energy. We work closely with experimentalists to understand nanoscale phenomena and to explore new device concepts. In the course of this work, we produce open source software tools and educational resources that we share with the community through the nanoHUB.

This page is a starting point for nanoHUB users interested in nanoelectronics. It lists key resources developed by the NCN Nanoelectronics team. The nanoHUB contains many more resources for nanoelectronics, and they can be located with the nanoHUB search function. To find all nanoelectronics resources, search for 'nanoelectronics.' To find those contributed by the NCN nanoelectronics team, search for 'NCNnanoelectronics.' More information on Nanoelectronics can be found here.

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  1. ECE 695A Reliability Physics of Nanotransistors

    17 Jan 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam

    This course will focus on the physics of reliability of small semiconductor devices. In traditional courses on device physics, the students learn how to compute current through a device when a voltage is applied.

  2. NEMO5 Tutorials (2012 Summer School)

    19 Jul 2012 | | Contributor(s):: James Fonseca, Tillmann Christoph Kubis, Michael Povolotskyi, Jean Michel D Sellier, Parijat Sengupta, Junzhe Geng, Mehdi Salmani Jelodar, Seung Hyun Park, Gerhard Klimeck

    While the general topics presented in the summer school materials are still applicable, many details have changed. If you are looking at these to learn how to use NEMO5, check out the newer materials here:https://nanohub.org/resources/21824  

  3. Nanoscale Transistors

    19 Jul 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom

        These lectures discuss the physics of nanoscale transistors. The focus is on developing a sound, physical understanding of the operation of sub-100nm MOSFETS. The lectures focus of the simple, "essential" device physics using a "top-of-the-barrier" or...

  4. Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) in p-MOSFETs: Characterization, Material/Process Dependence and Predictive Modeling

    28 Mar 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Souvik Mahapatra

    This is a presentation on Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI), observed in p channel MOSFET devices. Though NBTI has been discovered more than 40 years ago, in the last 10 years it has become a very important reliability concern as the industry moved from thicker SiO2 to thinner SiON...

  5. ECE 656: Electronic Transport in Semiconductors (Fall 2011)

    29 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom

    This course is about how charge flows in semiconductors with an emphasis on transport in nanoscale devices. The objective is to develop a broad understanding of basic concepts. The course is designed for those who work on electronic materials and devices – whether they are...

  6. Thermal Transport Across Interfaces

    23 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher

    These lectures provide a theoretical development of the transport ofthermal energy by conduction in nanomaterials, in which materialinterfaces typically dominate transport. The physical nature of energytransport by two carriers: electrons and phonons--will be explored.

  7. Solar Cell Fundamentals

    19 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom, J. L. Gray, Muhammad A. Alam

    The modern solar cell was invented at Bell Labs in 1954 and is currently receiving renewed attention as a potential contribution to addressing the world's energy challenge. This set of five tutorials is an introduction to solar cell technology fundamentals. It begins with a broad overview of...

  8. Near-Equilibrium Transport: Fundamentals and Applications

    28 Jul 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom

    Engineers and scientists working on electronic materials and devicesneed a working knowledge of "near-equilibrium" (also called "linear"or "low-field") transport. The term "working knowledge" meansunderstanding how to use theory in practice. Measurements ofresistivity, conductivity, mobility,...

  9. Illinois ECE598XL Semiconductor Nanotechnology

    27 Jun 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Xiuling Li

    Lectures and discussion on current topics of semiconductor nanotechnology building block formation, characterization and device applications. Group IV, III-V and II-VI semiconductor nanowires, nanotubes and related nanophotonic and nanoelectronic device science and technology will be examined,...

  10. Tutorial 4: Far-From-Equilibrium Quantum Transport

    29 Mar 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck

    These lectures focus on the application of the theories using the nanoelectronic modeling tools NEMO 1- D, NEMO 3-D, and OMEN to realistically extended devices. Topics to be covered are realistic resonant tunneling diodes, quantum dots, nanowires, and Ultra-Thin-Body Transistors.

  11. MSE 405 Physics of Solids

    29 Jan 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Hersam

    Introduction to quantum mechanics and solid state physics. Specific topics include free electron behavior, potential energy wells and barriers, energy band theory, phonons, and electrical properties of metals and semiconductors. This course develops many concepts of fundamental interest to...

  12. Device Characterization with the Keithley 4200-SCS

    20 Jan 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Lee Stauffer

    This training session is based on the Keithley 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System. It is intended for beginning to intermediate users. It covers basic concepts, both of the instrument, as well as general measurement considerations.

  13. Nanoelectronic Devices, With an Introduction to Spintronics

    09 Sep 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta, Mark Lundstrom

      Nanoelectronic devices are at the heart of today's powerful computers and are also of great interest for many emerging applications including energy conversion, sensing and alternative computing paradigms. Our objective, however, is not to discuss specific devices or...

  14. Illinois ECE 440: Solid State Electronic Devices Homework Assignments (Fall 2009)

    28 Jan 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Mohamed Mohamed

    Homework assignments for the Fall 2009 teaching of Illinois ECE 440: Solid State Electronic Devices.

  15. Nanoelectronic Modeling: From Quantum Mechanics and Atoms to Realistic Devices

    25 Jan 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck

    The goal of this series of lectures is to explain the critical concepts in the understanding of the state-of-the-art modeling of nanoelectronic devices such as resonant tunneling diodes, quantum wells, quantum dots, nanowires, and ultra-scaled transistors. Three fundamental concepts critical to...

  16. Colloquium on Graphene Physics and Devices

    22 Sep 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Joerg Appenzeller, Supriyo Datta, Mark Lundstrom

    This short course introduces students to graphene as a fascinating research topic as well as to develop their skill in problem solving using the tools and techniques of electronics from the bottom up.

  17. Nanostructured Electronic Devices: Percolation and Reliability

    17 Sep 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad A. Alam

    In this series of lectures introduces a simple theoretical framework for treating randomness and variability in emerging nanostructured electronic devices for wide ranging applications – all within an unified framework of spatial and temporal percolation. The problems considered involve...

  18. ECE 656: Electronic Transport in Semiconductors (Fall 2009)

    26 Aug 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom

    This course develops a basic understanding of the theory of charge carrier transport in semiconductors and semiconductor devices and an ability to apply it to the anslysis of experiments and devices.

  19. ECET 499N: Introduction to Nanotechnology

    30 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Helen McNally

    An introduction to the emerging area of nanotechnology will be studied. The primary focus will be on the technologies of nanotechnology, with specific emphasis on electronics and electrical measurements. Instruments and techniques used in nanotechnology will be described and explored which...

  20. Illinois ECE 598EP Hot Chips: Atoms to Heat Sinks

    27 Jan 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Eric Pop

    This course pursues a parallel treatment of electrical and thermal issues in modern nanoelectronics, from fundamentals to system-level issues. Topics include energy transfer through electrons and phonons, mobility and thermal conductivity, power dissipation in modern devices (CMOS, phase-change...