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LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2016 Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Four ECE grad students won prizes for their posters, and Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the event's keynote address. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Kushner, Mark J.   Plasma Science and Engineering   

Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lu, Wei   Najafi, Khalil   Peterson, Becky (R. L.)   

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Gets a New Director

Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lu, Wei   

Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger

As tiny embedded computers spread to every item in the home and beyond - fast, reliable memory is needed on an unheard-of scale. To fuel this ongoing revolution, Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded the company Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni   Embedded Computing and Systems   Entrepreneurship   Internet of Things   Lu, Wei   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   

LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Attendees represented many departments throughout the University, as well as industrial users of the LNF. Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, presented the events keynote address, Making small things big in the world of organic electronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen   

Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

ECE researchers have developed a way to exponentially shrink the size of a system typically needed to control the polarization of light, while maintaining the high level of performance needed for numerous optical applications such as color displays, microscopy and photography. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits   Graduate Students   Grbic, Anthony   Guo, L. Jay   Metamaterials   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Thomas Frost Receives Best Paper Award for Achieving a HQ QD Red Laser

Thomas Frost received a Best Paper Award for achieving a high quality quantum dot red laser using novel materials. Lasers emitting in the 600nm wavelength range have important applications in medicine, optical information processing, plastic fiber communication systems, optical storage, and full color laser displays and laser projectors. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   Graduate Students   Lasers   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

A new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power

With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, ECE researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made what's believed to be the first room-temperature polariton laser that is fueled by electrical current as opposed to light. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   CPHOM   Lasers   Optics and Photonics   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

New tech could lead to night vision contact lenses

The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared (IR) spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens. IR vision allows us to see in the dark, monitor blood flow, identify chemicals in the environment, and even peer under layers of paint. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graphene   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   Optoelectronics   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Zhong, Zhaohui   

Image processing 1,000 times faster is goal of new $5M contract

Loosely inspired by a biological brain's approach to making sense of visual information, Prof. Wei Lu is leading a project to build alternative computer hardware that could process images and video 1,000 times faster with 10,000 times less power than today's systems, all without sacrificing accuracy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael   Integrated Circuits and VLSI   Lu, Wei   Memristor   Sensors   Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Zhang, Zhengya   

Workshop to Chart the Future of Nano and Micro Manufacturing

A recent workshop on Nano and Micro Manufacturing brought together more than 140 nano/microscale device and material manufacturers, researchers, and end users of these technologies to discuss how to rapidly and effectively translate university research into practical products. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh   MEMS and Microsystems   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   WIMS/WIMS2   Wise, Kensall   

A better single-photon emitter for quantum cryptography

A silicon-based single-photon emitter developed by Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group is simpler and more efficient than those currently available, and can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   Optics and Photonics   Quantum Science and Technology   Security (Computing)   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Scientific Milestone: A room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and a team of researchers have created and directly observed what they believe to be a near-equilibrium room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A BEC is an unusual state of matter in which a group of boson particles can exist in a single quantum state, giving scientists the rare opportunity to directly observe novel quantum phenomena. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   CPHOM   Optics and Photonics   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Next-gen e-readers: Improved peacock technology could lock in color for high-res displays

Prof. Jay Guo and his group have found a way to lock in so-called structural color, which is made with texture rather than chemicals. This could lead to advanced color e-books and electronic paper, as well as other color reflective screens that don't need their own light to be readable. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Biomimicry   Displays   Electronic devices   Guo, L. Jay   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Computers that mimic the brain thanks to memristors (video)

Prof. Wei Lu and graduate student Patrick Sheridan talk about their research developing a new type of electronic switch that mimics the behavior of a biological neuron in the human brain. Resulting computers can learn without being programmed. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain   Electronic devices   Lu, Wei   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Enabling flexible, transparent electronics with high speed communications for the first time

Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his team of graduate students, Seunghyun Lee, Kyunghoon Lee, Chang-Hua Liu, and Girish S. Kulkarni, have built the first flexible, transparent digital modulator for high speed communications, made solely out of graphene. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flexible electronics   Graphene   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Wearable electronics   Zhong, Zhaohui   

Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains

In a step toward computers that mimic the parallel processing of complex biological brains, researchers from HRL Labs and Prof. Wei Lu's group have built a type of artificial synapse. They have demonstrated the first functioning memristor array stacked on a CMOS circuit. Memristors combine the functions of memory and logic like the synapses of biological brains. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Lu, Wei   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   

Insect cyborgs to search and monitor hazardous environs

Research conducted by Prof. Khalil Najafi and Erkan Aktakka may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans. Najafi and Aktakka are finding ways to harvest energy from insects, and take the utility of the miniature cyborgs to the next level. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Energy Scavenging   MEMS and Microsystems   Najafi, Khalil   Security (national and personal safety)   Sensors   

Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) Dedicated April 11, 2008

Housed in the EECS Building, and fundamental to much of the research conducted in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, the LNF is expected to change the high-tech landscape in southeastern Michigan and the region.[Read more...]
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