High-throughput Discovery, Development, and Demonstration of Material Systems to Enable Low-power NEMS-based Computation
Electronic transistors are very energy-inefficient. The nanoelectromechanical switch is an alternative that has potential to be far more efficient. However, they suffer from insufficient reliability. Our objectives are: (1) to understand the failure mechanisms of these switches; and (2) to discover materials and operating conditions with sufficient reliability. This involves performing modeling of failure mechanisms, and performing nanoscale experiments. An array of materials will be canvassed, selecting those with required conductivity and resistance to wear, oxidation, and contamination. Testing the most promising in prototype devices will identify materials and conditions for this new technology.