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

News from NAMS

Participants in USRA's NAMS Student R&D Program are highlighted in the first issue of "News from NAMS", USRA's newsletter for the NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS) program. 

Tags: Student R&D Program, NAMS Newsletter
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.

 

April 28, 2016
NASA awards USRA the NASA Academic Mission Services

USRA brings together a diverse national team of universities and experts to partner with NASA's Ames Research Center in order to solve problems related to Earth and space science, engineering, and aeronautics.

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