“Science Inspires” Distinguished Speaker on Size Reduction and Economics of Integrated Circuits

Posted on 9/18/2015 2:51:53 PM

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and IUP’s Chapter of Sigma Xi will present the fall semester’s Distinguished Speaker of the Science Inspires Series (SIS), Robert Wallace, professor and Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair of Materials Science and Engineering Department (University of Texas, Dallas). Wallace will speak on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium.

Wallace’s lecture, “2D Materials: Challenges and Opportunities for Electronics,” will discuss the size reduction and economics of integrated circuits. Current industry roadmaps reveal that physical limitations include reaching aspects associated with truly atomic dimensions, and the cost of manufacturing is reaching such values that only two or three companies can afford leading-edge capabilities. 

To address the physical limitations, 2D materials such as graphene, phosphorene, h-BN, and transition metal dichalcogenides have captured the imagination of the electronics community for advanced applications in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics.

This talk will present a sample of recent work examining defects and impurities, as well as the potential device performance implications.

The SIS lecture will be followed with a public reception in the Eberly Atrium.