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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.
Exploiting the Electronic Properties of Proteins: An Approach to Nanoscale Electronics
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26 Jul 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Ron Reifenberger
Exploiting the Electronic Properties of Protiens: An Approach to Nanoscale Electronics
Faster Materials versus Nanoscaled Si and SiGe: A Fork in the Roadmap?
20 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Jerry M. Woodall
Strained Si and SiGe MOSFET technologies face fundamental limits towards the end of this decade when the technology roadmap calls for gate dimensions of 45 nm headed for 22 nm. This fact, and difficulties in developing a suitable high-K dielectric, have stimulated the search for alternatives to...
Control of Exchange Interaction in a Double Dot System
05 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Mike Stopa
As Rolf Landauer observed in 1960, information is physical. As a consequence, the transport and processing of information must obey the laws of physics. It therefore makes sense to base the laws of information processing and computation on the laws of physics and in particular on quantum...
Nanoscale Patterning of CdS/CdTe Solar Cells
21 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Cesar Lopez
2003 SURI Conference Proceedings
Ordered Nanocrystalline Thin Films for High Efficiency CdS/CdTe Solar Cells
21 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
2003 SURI Conference Proceeding
Enhanced Pool Boiling Using Carbon Nanotube Arrays
Infrared Spectroscopy of Self-Assembled Monolayers
21 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Mac Inerowicz
Circuit Applications of Carbon Nanotube FETs
21 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Natasha Lynn Collier, Rand K. Jean, Saleem Kala, Patrick Ndai
2003 SURI Circuits Team abstracts and presentation slides. Please view each persons abstract linked below.
2003 Summer Institute Wokshop on Molecular Conduction
09 Jul 2003 |
The tutorials supplied below were part of the Molecular Conduction Workshop held at Purdue University in July of 2003.
A Personal Quest for Information
19 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
This talk will report results and conclusions from my personal investigations into several different disciplines, carried out with the unifying intent of uncovering some of the fundamental principles that govern representation, processing, and the communication of information. The specific...
Digital Electronics: Fundamental Limits and Future Prospects
20 Jan 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
I will review some old and some recent work on the fundamental (and not so fundamental) limits imposed by physics of electron devices on their density and power consumption.
Joseph M. Cychosz
Contacting Molecules - Chemistry in Molecular Electronics
12 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
The study of the basic electron transport mechanism through molecular systems has been made accessible by fabrication techniques that create metallic contacts to a small number of organic molecules. In my talk, I will discuss some of the groundbreaking discoveries such as the measurement of the...
Electronic Transport in Semi-conducting Carbon Nanotube Transistor Devices
16 Oct 2003 | | Contributor(s):: Joerg Appenzeller
Recent demonstrations of high performance carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) highlight their potential for a future nanotube-based electronics. Besides being just a nanometer in diameter, carbon nanotubes offer intrinsic advantages if compared with silicon that are responsible for...
Electronic Transport Through Self-Assembled Monolayers
25 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Takhee Lee
Characterization of charge transport in molecular scale electronic devices has to date shown exquisite sensitivity to specifics of device fabrication and preparation. Thus, intrinsic molecular band structure has been problematic to extract from published results. Here we demonstrate...
Molecular Electronics Pathway for Molecular Memory Devices
06 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
We have been developing a scale molecular electronic device using a 30 nm sized plant virus particle as the scaffold. This talk describes the bioengineering aspects of how the virus particle is converted to a molecular electronic circuit and its electrical characterization. The talk describes...
Nanoelectronic Scaling Tradeoffs: What does Physics Have to Say?
23 Sep 2003 | | Contributor(s):: Victor Zhirnov
Beyond CMOS, several completely new approaches to information-processing and data-storage technologies and architectures are emerging to address the timeframe beyond the current SIA International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). A wide range of new ideas have been proposed for...
Nanoelectronics and the Future of Microelectronics
22 Aug 2002 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Progress in silicon technology continues to outpace the historic pace of Moore's Law, but the end of device scaling now seems to be only 10-15 years away. As a result, there is intense interest in new, molecular-scale devices that might complement a basic silicon platform by providing it with...
Quantum-dot Cellular Automata
24 Nov 2003 | | Contributor(s)::
The multiple challenges presented by the problem of scaling transistor sizes are all related to the fact that transistors encode binary information by the state of a current switch. What is required is a new paradigm, still capable of providing general purpose digital computation, but which can...
Towards a Terahertz Solid State Bloch Oscillator
29 Jan 2004 | | Contributor(s)::
The concepts of Bloch oscillation and Zener breakdown are fundamental to electron motion in periodic potentials and were described in the earliest theoretical developments of electron transport in solids. But only in the past 10 years have experiments clearly demonstrated various aspects of...