Internet of Things (IoT), the interconnection of sensors embedded in objects to send and receive data, already started bringing revolutionary changes in life in the society. The huge amount of data generated through IoT enables, for example, healthcare providers to measure, analyze and optimize their products and their patients’ experience. To date, cost has been a major barrier to the widespread implementation of IoT. Traditional silicon-based sensors are powerful but come with sensing limitations and their production is often cost prohibitive even in mid-volume applications. Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue is developing a foundry facility similar to that existing for silicon IC chips. We will describe development of IoT chemical sensors for wearables, food safety, and water and soil monitoring. Development of community IoT testbeds through the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) project will be also briefly described
Dr. Ali Shakouri is the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. He received his doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1995 and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Telecom ParisTech in France in 1990. He was a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1998 to 2011 where he directed a multi university research center focused on direct conversion of heat into electricity. He also initiated a sustainability curriculum and a California-Denmark summer program in renewable energies in collaboration with colleagues in sociology, political science and environmental studies. Ali’s major initiative at the Birck Center focuses on nanomanufacturing and printing smart films. This involves two dozen faculty from colleges of engineering, science, agriculture and pharmacy. Ali received a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering in 1999, an NSF CAREER Award in 2000 and the Thermi Award in 2014.
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