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Jason Brotherton

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Interim Lab Manager

meJBJason Brotherton joined the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group as an undergraduate in Materials Science & Engineering during Spring of 2006. He developed the first sub-micron fabrication process for the group using electron-beam lithography (EBL). The devices were used to electrically characterize collagen fibers. Since then, Jason has been involved with and managed multiple fabrication projects. He has also provided application support to lab users from a variety of departments and projects. Jason has been responsible for maintaining the group’s co-sputter deposition system since 2008. After graduating with bachelor’s in Materials Science & Engineering in May 2010, Jason continued to work in the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group as a full time Research Engineer. Currently, he serves as the Interim Lab Manager for the Surface Science Laboratory overseeing three Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs).

Since the first complete fabrication process was developed, Jason continued to develop new fabrication processes, write SOP’s, and train new users on lab safety, equipment operation, and fabrication procedures. Fabrication processes include resist spin-on, photolithography, electron beam lithography, wet and dry etches, and physical vapor deposition. Jason has experience using various characterization techniques such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffractometry, optical profilometry and absorption spectroscopy.

Equipment

  • Atomic Force Microscopy: Dimension Icon, FastScan and 3100, MultiMode 8
  • Nanoindentation: Hysitron Triboscope TS-75
  • Electron Microscopy: Leo SEM 1430 VP, Hitachi S-4500 FE-SEM, FEI Phenom
  • Physical Vapor Deposition: Custom built system, Sputtering Sciences CRC 150
  • X-Ray Diffractometry: Bruker D8 Discover X-Ray Diffractometer
  • Electrical Characterization: Keithley 4200-SCS
  • Optical Profilometry: Veeco Wyko NT1100
  • Photolithography and Electron Beam Lithography: spin-on station, wet bench, ellipsometer, NanoSpec

AFM Techniques

  • Tapping
  • Non-Contact
  • Contact
  • PeakForce Quantitative Nanomechanical Mapping
  • PeakForce TUNA
  • Magnetic Field Microscopy
  • Nanomanipulation
  • Nanoindentation

Publications

Conference Publications

  • D. Araujo, P. Price, J. Brotherton, K. Coonse, R. G. Southwick III, A.J. Moll, J.T. Oxford, and W.B. Knowlton, On the Nature of Self-Assembled Biomolecular Nanowires for Sensor Applications, presented at the Workshop on Microelectronic Devices, (Boise, Idaho; April 20, 2007) p. 49-50.

Conference Presentations, Posters, and Extended Abstracts

  • Blake Rapp, Christopher Buu, Lejmarc Snowball, Jason Brotherton, Nick Schmidt, Amber Lay, William B. Knowlton, Wan Kuang, William L. Hughes, Bernard Yurke, Elton Graugnard, Progress Toward the Synthesis and Electrical Characterization of Au-Functionalized DNA Origami Nanotubes, poster presentation at the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop (Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; Oct. 16-20, 2011)
  • S. Barnes, C. Buu, J. Brotherton, H. Bui, A. Johnson, M. Yates, E. Graugnard, W. Kuang, J. Lee, W. L. Hughes, W. B. Knowlton, B. Yurke, Radial Dielectrophoretic Trap for Trapping Microparticles, accepted for oral and poster presentation at the 2010 Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO) – Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices (Snowbird, Utah; April 27-30, 2010).
  • Stephanie Barnes, Christopher Buu, Jason Brotherton, Hieu Bui, Austin Johnson, Mallory Yates, Elton Graugnard1, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, William Knowlton, Bernard Yurke, William L. Hughes, Towards A Radial Dielectrophoretic Trap for Nanostructures, poster presentation at the 2010 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronic Devices (Boise, ID; April 16, 2010).
  • Lytia A. Smith, Theron R. Fereday, Jerry D. Harris, Jason Brotherton, Aaron Thurber, William B. Knowlton, Alex Punnoose and Brian J. Frost, Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal-doped ZnO, poster presentation at the Spring 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (San Francisco, California, March 21 – 25, 2010).
  • Amanda R. Snyder, Lytia A. Smith, Theron R. Fereday, Jerry D. Harris, Aaron Thurber, Jason Brotherton, Pamela Walker, William B. Knowlton, and Alex Punnoose, Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Sol-gel Powders, poster presentation at the Spring 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (San Francisco, California, March 21 – 25, 2010).
  • Theron Fereday, Lytia Smith, Amanda Snyder, Jerry D. Harris, Aaron Thurber, Jason Brotherton, William B. Knowlton, Alex Punnoose, Seth M. Hubbard, and Brian J. Frost, Growth and Characterization of ZnO Thin Films, poster presentation at the Spring 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (San Francisco, California, March 21 – 25, 2010).
  • William B. Knowlton, Hieu Bui, Craig Onodera, Bernard Yurke, William L. Hughes, Elton Graugnard, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, Chris Buu, Stephanie Barnes, Amber Cox, Davis Daniel, Mallory Yates, Pammy Walker, Jonathan Henderson, Chad Watson, Jason Brotherton, DNA Self-Assembled Nanostructures for Device Applications, Invited Tutorial – International Integrated Reliability Workshop (Fallen Leaf Lake, CA, Oct. 18, 2009).
  • Stephanie Barnes, Christopher Buu, Jason Brotherton, Hieu Bui, Austin Johnson, Mallory Yates, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, William L. Hughes, William Knowlton, Bernard Yurke, Radial Dielectrophoretic Trap For Future Manipulation Of Individual DNA Origami Nanostrutures, oral and paper presentation at the Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security Conference, (9/28-10/3/2009, Ft. Lauderdale, FL).
  • Stephanie Barnes, Christopher Buu, Jason Brotherton, Hieu Bui, Austin Johnson, Mallory Yates, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, William Knowlton, Bernard Yurke, and William L. Hughes, A Radial Dielectrophoretic Trap for Individual Nanostructures, poster presentation at the 8th Annual INBRE Research Conference (Pocatello, ID; August 3-5, 2009). [2nd Place Faculty Choice Undergraduate Poster Award]
  • Bernard Yurke, Will Hughes, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, Bill Knowlton (presenting author), Hieu Bui, Jason Brotherton, Jonathan Henderson, William McNeil, Stephanie Barnes, Amber Cox, Davis Daniel, Mallory Yates, New Research Direction – From Collagen to DNA – Engineering Nanostructures, invited talk at the INBRE Research Symposium (Boise, ID, April 5, 2009).
  • D. Estrada, A. Oblea, C. Perkins, D. Araujo, P. Price, J. Brotherton, J. Oxford, A.J. Moll, W.B. Knowlton, Preliminary Investigation of Electrical Characterization Techniques for Biological Nanowire Contacts, poster presented at the 2007 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices, (Boise, ID; April 20, 2007). [Best Poster Award]
  • William B. Knowlton, David Araujo, Patrick Price, Jason Brotherton, Kendra Coonse, Veronica Hendricks, Ricki Southwick III, Jonathan Henderson, Julie Oxford, Amy Moll, Wan Kuang, and Jake Baker, Progress Towards a Biomolecular Nanowire Sensor Array for Biomedical Applications, invited talk at the 6th Annual INBRE/COBRE Research Conference (Moscow, ID; August 6, 2007).
  • W.B. Knowlton, David Araujo, Patrick Price, Jason Brotherton, Kendra Coonse,Ricki Southwick, Julie Oxford, Amy Moll, Jake Baker, and Wan Kuang, Development of Biomolecular Nanostructure Sensor Arrays, presented at the Sensors and Sensor Technology session for the program of the 88th annual meeting of the AAAS, Pacific Division, (Boise, ID; June 2007).
  • Bill Knowlton, Wan Kuang, David Araujo, Patrick Price, Jason Brotherton, Kendra Coonse, Lincoln Bollschweiler, Ricki Southwick, Julie Oxford, Amy Moll, and Jake Baker, Nanofabrication of 3D Sensor Arrays for Detection, Advanced Fuel Cycle Workshop, (Boise, ID; May 8-9, 2007).

Grants:

  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium: $1,200

Title: Effects of Applied Magnetic Fields on Liquid Phase Sintering of Ferromagnetic Materials
Principle Investigators: Brian Marx, Peter Müllner
Date: Sept 07 – Mar 08
My Role: Principle Author