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Summer 2017

 
 
 
 

The dedication of a new statue honoring women in engineering brought national media attention to MNTL in April 2017. The statue was conceived by ECE graduate student Sakshi Srivastava, created by sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany, and donated by Texas Instruments. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Engineering at Illinois dedicated “The Quintessential Engineer” ("Quin") on April 28, 2017. The new statue, located outside the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, is the product of a campaign started four years ago by then-ECE undergraduate Sakshi Srivastava, who is now an ECE graduate student. It was designed to serve as an inspiration for young women pursuing careers in the predominately male field of engineering. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Chemistry Professor Catherine Murphy is among eight University of Illinois researchers who were named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study.” Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

M. George Craford, Physics alumnus (MS ’63, PhD ’67), received the IEEE Edison Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers during a Spring 2017 ceremony. The medal is awarded annually in recognition of a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts. The citation reads, “for a lifetime of pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of visible LED materials and devices.” Craford is best known for his invention of the first yellow light emitting diode (LED). Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Gerald T. Marcyk, three-time ECE alumnus (BSEE ’73, MSEE ’76, PhD ’78) and former Director of Components Research at Intel Corporation, received the University of Illinois College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award on April 1, 2017. After graduation, Marcyk joined Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he had a remarkable 24-year career. His research on ion implantation at Illinois during graduate school led him to join Intel’s DRAM technology development group. Starting as a process engineer working on memory and microprocessor development, Marcyk has worked on every microprocessor from the 386 through multiple generations of the Pentium. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton and his team designed a novel carbon system that may one day replace the silicon transistors in electronic devices. Leburton developed the research with former Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow Anju Girdhar, and Joseph Friedman from the University of Texas at Dallas. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Assistant Professor Wenjuan Zhu earned a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which provides $500,000 over the next five years. Zhu’s research is the first systematic study of 2D materials on the newly discovered ferroelectric hafnium and zirconium oxides, which, compared to traditional perovskite materials, have excellent scalability, higher coercive field, and full compatibility with industry standard CMOS technology. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Selective lateral epitaxial (SLE) semiconductor nanowires (NWs), with their perfect in-plane epitaxial alignment, ability to form lateral complex p–n junctions in situ, and compatibility with planar processing, are a distinctive platform for next-generation device development. ECE Professor Xiuling Li and her team have conducted a detailed study of SLE planar GaAs NWs containing multiple alternating axial segments doped with Si and Zn impurities by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Assistant Professor Can Bayram and his research team, working with Veeco and IBM, recently advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the seminconductor layers that make up the device. The team created a high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structure with thick algan buffer layers to enhance device performance. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

A major bottleneck in the development of nanocrystals, to date, is the need for X-ray techniques to determine the crystal type. Led by Bioengineering Assistant Professor Andrew Smith, a research team at Illinois has developed a novel way to determine crystal type based on optics — by identifying the unique ways in which these crystals absorb light. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

ECE Associate Professor Minjoo Lawrence Lee and his students have demonstrated a novel crystal growth method for making semiconductor nanocomposites that could someday lead to better-performing devices like CMOS chips and lasers. Lee’s team used molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to grow germanium (Ge) nanowires in a matrix made of indium aluminum arsenide (InAlAs), a well-studied semiconductor material used in telecom applications. At a certain point of adding the germanium, it stopped dissolving and coalesced into self-assembled nanostructures. Read on ...

 
 
 
Photo of SungWoo Nam. 
 

When thinned down to less than a nanometer thick, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 — a ubiquitously used solid lubricant), demonstrates properties with great promise as a functional material for electronic devices and surface coatings. Researchers at Illinois, led by MechSE Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam, have developed a new approach to dynamically tune the micro- and nano-scale roughness of atomically thin MoS2, and consequently the appropriate degree of hydrophobicity for various potential MoS2-based applications. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by Computer Science Professor Klara Nahrstedt, are looking to speed up the materials-to-device process through a novel framework called “4CeeD: Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments.” 4CeeD connects microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure through a high-speed U of I campus network. The work is part of the Timely and Trustworthy Curating and Coordinating Data Framework (T2C2) project, of which MNTL is a collaborating unit. The project is funded through a Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Read on ...

 
 
 

Recently ECE Associate Professor Minjoo Lawrence Lee and a team of researchers demonstrated the first room-temperature lattice-mismatched indium arsenide (InAs) quantum-well laser grown on an indium phosphide (InP) substrate. Their laser emits light at a wavelength (2.75µm) that typically is achievable only using the more expensive substrate, gallium antimonide (GaSb). In order to build their laser on InP, Lee and the team devised a highly unconventional design. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

A team of Illinois researchers at MNTL recently applied new theoretical physics concepts to enhance the performance of a well-established semiconductor laser technology. In a paper published in Optica, ECE Professor Kent Choquette and students in his group reported parity-time (PT) symmetry breaking in an electrically injected, room temperature vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) array for the first time. Read on ...

 
 
 

People living with HIV require frequent trips to the doctor’s office for HIV viral load tests to ensure that the cocktail of self-administered drugs is at the right dosages, and currently those tests can take up to several days for results. Recently the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Stanford University $1.6 million over four years to develop a handheld detection system and sensor cartridge that can pinpoint individual HIV particles in minutes. This effort is co-led by ECE and Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham, who also is the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, and his collaborator, Professor Utkan Demirci from Stanford University. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

For the past several years, researchers at Illinois have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical and optical pulses. Now the research group led by Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir is sharing the recipe for the current generation of bio-bots. Their how-to paper is the cover article in the February 2017 issue of the journal Nature Protocols. Read on ...

 
 
 
 
 

Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds. Then a computer could use both light and electricity within a transistor, allowing the device to form an optical-electric switch. That switch will work as the primary building block for the development of optical logic — the language needed for future optical computer processors to communicate, said Milton Feng, the Nick Holonyak Jr. Emeritus Chair in ECE and the team lead in a recent study. Read on ...

 
 
 
Faculty and Staff Achievements
  • MechSE Professor Iwona Jasiuk, is the recipient of the 2016 American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials. She was selected for her “notable and outstanding contribution in the field of Advanced Materials Science and Technology,” according to Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, the association’s secretary general. Jasiuk received the award at the ceremony of the American Advanced Materials Congress 2016, held December 4. She also presented a lecture titled, “Novel copper-carbon nanomaterials.” Read on ...
  • Physics Professor Nadya Mason has been selected for the 2018-19 Defense Science Study Group (DSSG). The DSSG is a program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to U.S. security challenges and encourages the scholars to apply their talents to these issues. Read on ...
  • Mary Kraft, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a Robert W. Schaefer Faculty Scholar, a position established by the late Robert Schaefer, a U of I chemical engineering alumnus. Kraft investigates bioimaging, drug delivery, single cell analysis, and multivariate statistics. Her research group is developing new approaches in which compositional signatures acquired from individual cells are used to understand and predict biological function. Read on ...
  • ECE Assistant Professor Songbin Gong was named an Intel Alumni Fellow recently. Gong joined the ECE Illinois faculty in 2013 after a two-year stint as a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. Read on ...
  • MechSE Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenure Faculty Award. He will present his research highlights at the company’s annual award symposium in South Korea in 2017 and 2018. The award was established by Hanwha in 2015 as a commitment to promoting cutting-edge research and innovation in materials chemistry and strengthening the international faculty networks of Hanwha Advanced Materials. Read on ...
  • Student researchers in the lab group of ECE Assistant Professor Can Bayram, have won highly competitive National Science Foundation fellowships. The new fellows include ECE doctoral student Richard "Dicky" Liu, and recent ECE senior Ryan Grady. Josh Parozek, also a recent ECE senior, received an honorable mention in the NSF fellowship competition. Read on ...
 
 
 
Recent Funding

Rashid Bashir, Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Optogenetically Patterned-NMjs Using Interfaces For Screening Of CWAs, March 2017 - September 2020, $337,500

Brian Cunningham, Stanford University, Portable Nanostructure Photonic Crystal Devices for HIV 1 Viral Load, November 2016 - June 2017, $178,572

Gary Eden, California Institute of Technology, Micro Mercury Ion Clock, November 2016 - April 2018, $78,150

Milton Feng, Army Research Office, Ultrafast Directly Current and Tunneling Modulated Microcavity Laser DML Toward 10 fj bit and 100 Gbs Optical Networks, February 2017 - November 2017, $40,000

Songbin Gong, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Chipscale Anti-Reciprocal Platform of Electromechanical Elements CARPE, October 2016, $158,628

Viktor Gruev, Natonal Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Ultraviolet (UV) - MultiSpectral - Polarization 3D Imaging of the Underwater World, September 2016 - August 2019, $404,268

Minjoo Lawrence Lee, National Science Foundation, Growth of Tensile Germanium Nanowires Embedded in a III-V Matrix, September 2016 - May 2018, $352,135

Minjoo Lawrence Lee, National Science Foundation, 30%-Efficient III-V/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells, September 2016 - July 2018, $225,067

Xiuling Li, National Science Foundation, Technology Translation: Rolled-up 3D Passive Electronic Component Prototype Development, June 2017 - November 2018, $200,000

Xiuling Li, National Science Foundation, I-Corps: Passive Electronics Miniaturization Technology, February 2017 - July 2017, $50,000

 

 
 
 

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