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Electronics from the Bottom Up: A New Approach to Nanoelectronic Devices and Materials

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by Joseph M. Cychosz
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1 === Vision ===
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The [http://www.ncn.purdue.edu Network for Computational Nanotechnology] seeks to bring a new perspective to engineering education in materials, devices, circuits, and systems. We are inspired by the Semiconductor Electronics Education Committee (SEEC), a group of [http://www.eecs.mit.edu/great-educators/adler.html 30 leaders] in the field from both industry and ACADEMIA who recognized in the early 1960s that the age of vacuum tubes was ending, and that engineers would have to be educated differently if they were to realize the opportunities that the new field of microelectronics presented. SEEC eventually produced [http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/klund/books/seec.html seven undergraduate textbooks and four films], and reshaped the [http://www-mtl.mit.edu/~penfield/pubs/eb-03.html teaching of electronics] and trained a generation of engineers ready to lead the modern electronics industry.
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The [http://www.ncn.purdue.edu Network for Computational Nanotechnology] seeks to bring a new perspective to engineering education to meet the challenges and opportunities of modern nanotechnology. Fifty years ago our field faced a similar challenge brought on by the advent of the solid-state transistor and it was met effectively by the Semiconductor Electronics Education Committee (SEEC), a group of [http://www.eecs.mit.edu/great-educators/adler.html 30 leaders] in the field from both industry and ACADEMIA who produced [http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/klund/books/seec.html seven undergraduate textbooks and four films] that reshaped the [http://www-mtl.mit.edu/~penfield/pubs/eb-03.html teaching of electronics] and trained a generation of engineers ready to lead the modern electronics industry.
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5 Today we face the need for a comparable revolution in engineering education. Ever since the birth of solid state physics, materials have been described in terms of average material parameters like the mobility or the optical absorption coefficient which are then used as inputs to macroscopic device models. This two-step approach is being widely used even for modern nanostructured materials but we believe that it is no longer adequate to meet the challenges and opportunities of our day. An integrated approach is needed 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. The objective of this bottom-up initiative is to establish and disseminate the fundamentals of this novel viewpoint through a carefully coordinated collection of seminars, short courses and full-semester courses.
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7 “Electronics from the Bottom-up” is designed to be a resource for educators and self-learners and a model for a new way of teaching electronic devices that we hope will inspire students and prepare them to contribute to the development of nanoelectronic technology for the 21st Century. This project, launched in fall, 2006, is producing a set of educational resources that are being disseminated at summer schools, lectures, and on nanoHUB.org.
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10 This project is supported by the '''''Intel Foundation''''' and the '''''NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology'''''
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12 === The Concept ===
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14 * Presentation: An Introduction to Electronics from the Bottom Up, Mark Lundstrum, Supriyo Datta, Ashraf Alam[[BR]][/site/resources/2007/07/02979/2007.07.06-lundstrom-intel.mp4 Online Video] - [/index2.php?option=com_resources&id=2968&resid=2969&task=minimal&no_html=1 Voiced Powerpoint]
15 * Companion Presentation: Bottom-up view of conductance, Supriyo Datta[[BR]][/site/resources/2007/07/02978/2007.07.06-datta-intel-ncn.mp4 Online Video] - [/index2.php?option=com_resources&id=2971&resid=2972&task=minimal&no_html=1 Voiced Powerpoint]
16 * Companion Presentation: Top-down/Bottom-up Views of Length, Ashraf Alam[[BR]][/site/resources/2007/07/02977/2007.07.06-alam-intel-ncn.mp4 Online Video] - [/index2.php?option=com_resources&id=2974&resid=2975&task=minimal&no_html=1 Voiced Powerpoint]
17 * [/site/resources/2007/07/02967/electronics%20from%20bottom%20up_concept.pdf Whitepaper]
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19 === Short Courses ===
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21 * [[Resource(5279)]], Supriyo Datta, Summer 2008
22 * [[Resource(5306)]], Mark Lundstrom, Summer 2008
23 * Percolation Theory, M. Ashraf Alam, Fall 2008
24 * [/courses/cqt Concepts of Quantum Transport], Supriyo Datta, 2006
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26 === Full Semester Courses ===
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28 * [/resources/5346/ Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics], Supriyo Datta
29 * [/courses/quantum_transport Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor], Supriyo Datta
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32 === Seminars ===
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34 * [[Resource(1831)]], Supryo Datta
35 * [[Resource(2783)]], Supryo Datta
36 * [[Resource(2784)]], Supryo Datta
37 * [[Resource(2966)]], Supryo Datta
38 * [[Resource(5207)]], Mark Lundstrom
39 * [[Resource(1214)]], Ashraf Alam
40 * [[Resource(2048)]], Ashraf Alam, Pradeep Nair
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42 === Related Resources ===
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45 * [/resources/5328 Nanoscale Transistors], Mark Lundstrom, Fall 2008
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47 Those with comments or questions or who are interested in participating in this initiative should contact [/contributors/2862 Mark Lundstrom].
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49 '''''Supported by the Intel Foundation and the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology'''''

nanoHUB.org, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.