High-throughput Discovery, Development, and Demonstration of Material Systems to Enable Low-power NEMS-based Computation

Project Personnel

Robert Carpick

Principal Investigator

University of Pennsylvania

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Andres Rappe

University of Pennsylvania

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Maarten de Boer

Carnegie Mellon University

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Gianluca Piazza

Carnegie Mellon University

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David Srolovitz

University of Pennsylvania

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Funding Divisions

Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

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.