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Meet the New NSTC Faculty NSTC hired three new faculty members this fall. All hold joint appointments and have published in a variety of top journals including Science, Journal of Applied Physics, ACS Nano, Journal of Applied Physiology, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, and Journal of Microelectronics Reliability. Their education footprints include some of the finest Technological and Research universities in America including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Berkeley.

New Professor Dr. Swaminathan Rajaraman Connects NSTC to The International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research *Note: ICAMR recently became BRIDG. The newsletter is referring to the organization previously called ICAMR, now called BRIDG

Tania Roy, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Research Focus: Engineering novel functional materials to improve electronics for Internet-of-things, and development of energy-efficient devices for electronics and sensors. Developing electronic and optoelectronic devices with two-dimensional materials for low-power computing. Wide bandgap semiconductors for high-power electronic applications. The reliability of different materials systems and semiconductor devices. Dr. Roy received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and postdoctorate from University of California, Berkeley and also Georgia Institute of Technology. Holds Secondary Joint Appointments with Materials Science & Engineering and International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR).

Swaminathan Rajaraman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Research Focus: Micro/Nanofabrication Technologies; Neuroengineering; Micro/Nanofabrication on Plastics, Paper, Biomaterials and other novel materials; Flexible Electronics Fabrication Technologies; Implantable MEMS/NEMS Devices; Wearable MEMS Devices; Microfluidics; Packaging Microelectronic and Biomedical Devices; Microneedles for painless drug delivery; Advanced Micro/Nano-Materials Development; Micro/Nano-Manipulation. Dr. Rajaraman received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining UCF, he was the Co-Founder and V.P. Biological and Materials Engineering at Axion BioSystems Inc. Holds a Joint Appointment with the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR).

Yeonwoong (Eric) Jung, Ph.D.

Fall 2016 hire Dr. Swaminathan Rajaraman will be NSTC’s first joint appointment with the upcoming International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR). With building completion expected in March of 2017, ICAMR, a 109K sq/ft world class manufacturing development “Lab / Fab” facility, aims to establish a state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing research facility in Florida with a focus on advanced manufacturing of emerging technologies. ICAMR will lead by innovation in the development of manufacturable processes, materials, and equipment for next-generation smart sensors. By leveraging unique emerging technology capabilities, processes, and background IP, ICAMR will develop advanced lab/fab and latest technology platforms aimed at cost-effective manufacturing. There are technology gaps in developing innovative robust sensing solutions which can function well in harsh environments and ICAMR aims to address some of these key challenges. ICAMR is looking at sensor technologies of broad impact, such as Biosensors, broadband infrared based image sensors, hyperspectral sensors, LiDAR, and many others. The possibilities for biosensors are endless and could be used for such applications as the early detection of food spoilage, home based diagnostics, and remote therapeutics, just to name a few. The IR based image sensors can be helpful to precision agriculture (e.g. monitoring of crops), as optical sorters during food processing, in high speed thermography for rocket engines, for environmental monitoring, and countless other uses. Summer 2016 brought the exciting announcement of ICAMR’s collaboration with Belgian nanotechnology giant Imec to create Imec Florida, a research and development design center that will focus on photonics and high-speed electronics. The partnership is starting with an offering of IC design research for a broad set of semiconductor-based solutions. It also will provide IC designs that will drive ICAMR’s manufacturing research. There is immense potential for a collaboration such as this one to attract more partnerships with companies worldwide, bringing with them innovation and jobs to Central Florida and with it, new opportunities for collaboration with the Nanoscience Technology Research Center.

“ICAMR is proud of the partnership that we have with AMPAC and NSTC. The fundamental science research that Dr Seal and his team are conducting will ensure that we have access to the material combinations that our customers will require as they seek to develop and commercialize the next generation of sensors and other complex electronic devices. We are excited to have the first of what we expect to be a growing number of joint appointments as we work together to enable the realization and commercialization of bold ideas” – Chester Kennedy, CEO, ICAMR (BRIDG)

Assistant Professor

Research Focus: Low-dimensional electronic materials (nanowires and 2D materials); Nanoscale structure-property relationships; In-situ transmission electron microscopy; Energy and electronic technologies. Dr. Jung received his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania and postdoctorate from Yale University. Holds a Secondary Joint Appointment with Materials Science & Engineering.

ICAMR under construction, and artist renderings

Nano Materials Spring/Fall 2016  

Volume 8, Issue 1

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