Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
465 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1971
received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1975 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977 and 1979 working on ultrasonics.
In 1981 he joined Purdue University and started work on nanoscale electronic devices. His paper S.Datta, Phys. Rev. B40, 5830 (1989), established the relation between the non-equilibrium Green function (NEGF) method of many-body physics and the Landauer approach of mesoscopic physics.
Since then till 2005 his group was focused on developing the NEGF-Landauer method into a practical framework which is now widely used in the modeling of quantum transport in nanoscale electronic devices. For this work he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
His group is also known for several important conceptual proposals that have subsequently been demonstrated experimentally in diverse areas including (1) molecular electronics, (2) spin-momentum locking, (3) negative capacitance devices, and the so-called (4) spin transistor.
Since 2010 his group has focused on spin-based logic starting with All Spin Logic (ASL) which has evolved into
His efforts to convey research results like the NEGF method to graduate students and to a multidisciplinary audience are well-known, see for example, Procter Prize. His
are an extension of his group research, accompanied recently by