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Yearly Archives: 2010

Group Publication Listed As Top Ten Accessed Article By IEEE

The journal IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability listed their top ten accessed articles for September 2010. One of the articles listed a 2010 article by our own Ricki Southwick, Justin Reed, Chris Buu, and Ross Butler with research advisor Bill Knowlton and with Dr. Gennadi Bersuker of SEMATECH. The article is titled “Limitations of Poole-Frenkel Conduction in Bilayer HfO2/SiO2 MOS Devices, IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability.” Additional information on the article can also be accessed from our archives.

Contributions Made At Recent IIRW Conference

Dr. Ricki Southwick from NIST (Gaithersburg, MD), a former student in the group, presented a poster at the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop ( in Fallen Leaf Lake, CA, that was held during the week of October 17th through the 21st, 2010. His poster was titled “Interactive Simulation Program for Complex Multilayer Dielectric Devices.” Co-authors on the poster include Aaron Sup, a special lecturer in the Department of Physics, Professor Amit Jain and graduate student Mike Baker, both from the Department of Computer Science, and Professor Bill Knowlton from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Southwick also Chaired the Discussion and Special Interest Groups and was the acting AV Chair and Prof. Knowlton Chaired the Poster Session and the session on Photovoltaics.

Former Group Member Discusses Funding For Education

Former Undergrad Research Assistant and group member Jonathan Henderson talks about how scholarships helped fund his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. Jonathan is starting his graduate studies at Purdue University in Bioengineering. For more on Jonathan’s story, click here.

Study of DNA and RNA Reaction Kinetics Published In IEEE Transactions On Nanotechnology

The study reports a DNA-based cross-catalytic amplification system for detecting micro-RNA, as well as the use of sodium dodecyl sulfate for the protection of DNA against nuclease degradation. Additional information is available at IEEE Xplore.

NSF Grant Awarded for Research Into Nanophotonic and Nanoelectronic Devices

The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group recently received a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Research grant for research into developing “a novel self-assembly technique for fabricating nanoscale photonic and electronic devices.” Additional information on the grant and the scope of the work can be found at the NSF website.