The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech has announced the winners for the 2019 Fall Facility Seed Grants. The primary purpose of this program is to give first- or second-year graduate students in diverse disciplines working on original and un-funded research in micro- and nano-scale projects the opportunity to access the most advanced academic cleanroom space in the Southeast. In addition to accessing the high-level fabrication, lithography, and characterization tools in the labs, the students will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in cleanroom and tool methodology and to use the consultation services provided by research staff members of the IEN. In addition, the Seed Grant program gives faculty with novel research topics the ability to develop preliminary data in order to pursue follow-up funding sources. This program is supported by the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), which is funded by the NSF (Grant ECCS-1542174).
Offered beginning in 2013, this grant program has seeded sixty projects with students working in ten different schools in COE and COS, as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute and 3 other universities.
In addition to IEN cleanroom and characterization lab access for the next year, the 4 students in this round, from a diverse group of engineering disciplines, will be provided travel support to present their findings at a technical conference. In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of IEN, the projects that will be enabled by the grants include research in quantum computing, microfluidics, and new materials for electronic and biomedical applications.
Fall 2019 IEN Facility Seed Grant Awards:
Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Hierarchically Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks
PI: Sankar Nair
Student: Arvind Ganesan
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Quantum Paraelectricity in Hafnia-Zirconia based Ferroic Materials for Quantum Computing
PI: Asif Khan
Student: Muhammad Mainul Islam
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Microfabrication and Characterization of Phononic Topological Insulators
PI: Michael Leamy and Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb
Student: Emily Kliewer
School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Microfabrication of Cell Biomarker Extraction Platform for Inline Intracellular Analysis
PI: Andrei Fedorov
Student: Austin Culberson
School of Mechanical Engineering