Prof. Wei Lu, assistant
professor in division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently
awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his research project, "Understanding,
Development and Applications of Nanoscale Memristor Devices."
The objective of this research is to develop unconventional,
high-performance memory and logic systems based on nanoscale two-terminal
resistive switches (memristors). The approach is to carry out a systematic
material and device study that includes understanding the device operation
from atomic-scale imaging and transport measurements; designing a new device
structure to improve device reliability and performance; demonstrating
memristor/CMOS integration; and discovering new device and circuit
Memristor is a
concise term for two-terminal resistance switching devices with inherent
memory. Recently proposed memristor/CMOS hybrid circuits can provide
unmatched density and connectivity and offer a promising approach for
electronics beyond transistor scaling.
This research addresses critical fundamental and practical questions
related to memristor research. It will enable the development of key
nanoelectronic systems such as non-volatile universal memories with tera-bit
density and sub 10 ns access time, and reconfigurable logic systems with
function density two-orders of magnitude higher than conventional circuits.
Knowledge and techniques developed here will further stimulate studies on
new computing paradigms.
Besides having an immediate impact on semiconductor research, this program
aims to convey the excitement of nanotechnology to students and the public
through a number of educational and outreach activities. Students from
underrepresented groups will be recruited to work directly on the project.
Research results will be incorporated into a new undergraduate course and
disseminated to the general public through publications, technology
transfer, websites and a textbook. High-school students in inner-city,
high-need school districts will be engaged through a teaching module
development, class visits and online exhibits.
Prof. Lu conducts research in the areas of nanoelectronics, memory and logic
circuits based on two-terminal resistive switches (memristors), devices
based on semiconductor nanowires and heterostructures, solid state quantum
devices, and nanoelectromechanical systems.
The CAREER grant is one of NSF's most prestigious awards, conferred for "the
early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most
effectively integrate research and education within the context of the
mission of their organization."
Posted: February 3, 2010
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