Nanoelectronics & Devices Lab (NDL)

Task Description

The Nanoelectronics and Devices task addresses topics such as nanoscale vacuum electronics, radiation immune electronics, sustainable and self-healing electronics, single photon devices and detectors, printable and flexible electronics, plasma jet printing for flexible printing and 3-D manufacturing, nano biosensors, nanoscale energy generation and storage devices. In all these cases, the goal is to use emerging nanomaterials and nanoscale processes to make the devices smaller, cheaper and low power consuming compared to the current state-of-the-art. The research encompasses growth and characterization of nanomaterials, modeling and design of devices, and fabrication and testing of the devices. 

The scope of the work involves the following: 

  •  Design and modeling of nano vacuum field effect transistors (VFETs), fabrication and testing of VFET. 
  •  Design and fabrication of printable electronics devices such as memory, gas sensors, energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors. Adapting these technologies for in space manufacturing (ISM). 
  •  Design and fabrication of turboelectric power generator. 
  •  Developing plasma jet printing technology and demonstrating potential applications. 
  •  Design and fabrication of printable biosensors 
  •  Scientific characterization and data processing 

 

Capabilities

The Nanotechnology Lab conducts fundamental and applied research on the use emerging nanomaterials and nanoscale processes with the goal support NASA’s mission by making devices smaller, cheaper and low power consumption compared to the current state-of-the-art. The research encompasses growth and characterization of nanomaterials, modeling, and design of devices, and fabrication and testing of the devices. Specific projects include the following:

  • nanoscale vacuum electronics
  • radiation immune electronics
  • sustainable and self-healing electronics
  • single photon devices and detectors
  • printable and flexible electronics
  • plasma jet printing for flexible printing and 3-D manufacturing
  • nano-biosensors
  • nanoscale energy generation
  • nanoscale energy storage devices

 

News

Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Short Course

This course teaches you fundamentals of reproducible data science and analytics, probabilistic reasoning & statistical inference, and machine learning to leverage data generated within the large scope of aviation and aeronautics.

Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Seminar and Video

As the number of air vehicles grows exponentially with unmanned aerial systems and the amount of data grows exponentially in civil aviation, the future holds more promise for a greater impact from advanced tools and techniques in data science and AI. This Spring, learn from experts in government, industry, and academia in a 12-seminar series, sponsored by USRA and UC Berkeley with NASA Ames Research Center. 

USRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

USRA institutes and programs will celebrate USRA’s 50th anniversary on March 12, 2019. USRA was founded on March 12, 1969 in Washington, D.C. as a private, nonprofit corporation under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. 

November 1, 2018
USRA-NAMS Staff Receive Ames Contractor Council Award

University Space Research Association NAMS staff received excellence awards at the 2018 Ames Contractor Council Excellence Award Ceremony. The award recipients were acknowledged at the ceremony by Ames Center Director Dr. Eugene Tu and were nominated by Dr. David Bell, Director of RIACS and NAMS Chief Technologist. 

September 28, 2018
Dr. David Bell: A Keynote Speaker at the Quantum Summit

Dr. David Bell, Director, USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science and Chief Technologist, NASA Academic Mission Services was a keynote speaker at the Quantum Summit held in San Francisco on September 19, 2018.

 

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