Khershed P. Cooper
National Science Foundation
When: Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Host: Chris Li
Where: MEC 341
Refreshments at 3:30pm in MEC 341
Nanomanufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities
Since the advent of the NNI in 2000, significant advances have been made in nano science and technology research. New discoveries and inventions have been made in nano-scale materials, processes, devices and systems. Nanotechnology has made significant contributions to applications ranging from power and energy, electronics and communication, biomedical and healthcare, materials and structures, and environment. To reap the benefits of nanotechnology, lab-scale research needs to be translated to the industrial scale. For which, the basic principles for nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing need to be studied, investigated and established. Nanomanufacturing is the pathway to commercialization of nanotechnology. It is the fabrication of nano-scale building-blocks, their assembly into higher-order structures, and the integration of these into larger scale structures and systems such that both heterogeneity and complexity are achievable with manipulation and control at the nano-scale. The manufacturing challenges can be described in terms of desired outcomes, such as, yield and scalability, and appropriate metrics, such as, precision and fabrication rate. The objective of NSF’s Nanomanufacturing (NM) Program is to meet manufacturability challenges and barriers by developing the fundamental principles for the manufacture of nano-scale materials, structures, devices, and engineered systems. The program seeks nano-scale manufacturing ideas that are transformative, that will be widely applicable and that will have significant technological and societal impacts. In this talk, I will describe the core NM and the multi-disciplinary Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) programs. I will also discuss current areas of research, research opportunities, and future directions. The talk will include a few examples of ongoing research in NM and SNM.