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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.