Grant: $505,529 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 6, 2009
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Award Description: The long-term outcome of this funded research is to establish material design paradigms to fabricate nanoscale material systems, such as nanowires, with stable material properties. Nanowires must have stable material properties for at least 10 years if they are to be capable of reliable integration with microscale and nanoscale electronics, an improvement orders of magnitude beyond current capabilities. The CAREER grant will enable the necessary foundational research on: 1) modeling electrical properties and stability of nanoscale material systems, and 2) testing a material design approach of fabricating composite nanoscale material systems to stabilize electronic properties to enhance nanoelectronic device lifetime. Nanotechnology are systems of an electrical, electro-mechanical, or organic nature that promise great advances in the quest for ever more powerful computers and communications devices; in health sciences nanostructures are small enough to fulfill the function of antibodies for the fighting of disease. The outcomes of this research will have significant societal impact towards advancing manufacturing of nanotechnology which will impact health, security, and successful commercialization in the United States. In addition, the research is strongly linked to the development of instructional strategies, tools, and materials that support developmental progressions in nanoscale science and self assembly for grades 6-12. Therefore, an educational outcome will be educating future scientists and engineers in the area of nanoscale science. Finally, the incorporation of recruiting and mentoring of underrepresented minority students will result in broadening participation in engineering and science.
Project Description: Material and Supplies have been ordered for the research project. Also, the purchase of equipment is currently being processed. The two PhD research assistants are performing preliminary literature research to prepare for the experiments to be performed in the Spring semester of 2010. The outcomes of the current research are training of PhD students in electron microscopy and micro/nanofabrication methods to prepare them as a future workforce in nanotechnology.
Jobs Summary: Two graduate research assistants have been hired to work on the funded project as part of their PhD thesis research. These two graduate students will perform research activities at UIC and and Argonne National Laboratory. Their research work will support the study on the physics of failure for nanowires and the computational modeling for designing nanoscale material systems. (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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