Semiconductors   

There's no doubt that our 21st century modern lives depend on silicon. Semiconductors were originally invented in the United States, but over the years, manufacturing and innovation increasingly moved overseas. Purdue is now reclaiming leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics, with a robust program of research and development based right here in West Lafayette. In addition to multiple collaborations with semiconductor manufacturers, we host research facilities found nowhere else on earth. The Birck Nanotechnology Center hosts one of the largest cleanrooms in academia, while the Cooling Technologies Research Center is one of the world's leading authorities on thermal management of microelectronics.

Faculty in Semiconductors

  • Novel perovskite and chalcogenide thin-film electronic and optoelectronic materials
  • Defect engineering in novel 2D functional materials
  • Interconnect technologies and device integration/packaging
  • Degradation mechanisms and physics-based lifetime prediction
  • Thermal Physics ... Heat Moving Energy
  • Spectroscopy ... "Seeing" energy with light
  • Nanophotonics ... Pushing light to see more
  • 2D Materials ... Creating functionality by losing dimension
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Multiscale modeling of materials
  • Finite Elements
  • Dislocation dynamics
  • Reliability of electronic interconnects
  • Shock compression in solids
  • Phase transformations
  • Energetic materials
  • Transport Phenomena in Multi-Scale, Heterogeneous Materials & Systems
  • Fundamentals of Nanoscale Thermal Transport
  • Heat Transfer in Natural and Synthetic Fiber Systems
  • Thermofluids Interactions
  • Multi-Physics Metrology Design
  • Electronics Cooling and Thermal Management
  • Boiling
  • Condensation
  • Two-phase Flow
  • High heat flux
  • Thermal management systems
  • Cryogenic systems
  • Space vehicles
  • Lunar and Martian environments
  • Microgravity
  • Experiments on International Space Station
  • Electronic cooling
  • Scalable nanomanufacturing: lithography and imaging
  • Optical and magnetic data storage
  • Nanoscale energy conversion, transfer and storage for alternative energy
  • Simulations of nanoscale thermal transport
  • Machine learning, optimization, and high throughput design
  • Thermal management in electronics, space, and battery applications
  • Transport phenomena in additive manufacturing
  • Nanomaterials and devices for sustainable energy
  • Computational and experimental solid mechanics focused on fatigue, fracture, and multi-physics phase evolution problems
  • Computational techniques including Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Isogeometric Analysis (IGA), geometric modeling, CAD and optimal design
  • Heterogeneous Integration and Advanced Electronics Packaging with a focus on thermomechanical behavior, reliability, and electrical-thermal-mechanical co-design
  • Heat Transfer in Advanced Semiconductor Interconnects & Packaging
  • Electronic Cooling & Efficient Thermal Packaging Materials
  • Thermal/Mechanical Simulation & Characterization
  • Materials, Processing & Architecture Development for Semiconductor Packaging
  • MEMS Fabrication for Extreme Heat Flux Microfluidic Cooling
  • Advanced Semiconductor Nanoscale 3D Interconnections
  • Novel Photonics & Quantum Packaging Technologies
  • Reliability Modeling & Characterization
  • Electronics cooling and packaging
  • Phase-change transport phenomena
  • Microscale and nanoscale surface engineering for enhanced thermal transport
  • Energy efficiency in thermal systems
  • Transport in porous materials
  • Microscale diagnostics and sensing
  • Heat transfer, particularly nano-scale and ultrafast heat transfer
  • Ultrafast laser materials processing and diagnostics
  • Nano-optics and laser-based nano-lithography
  • Environment friendly design and life cycle engineering
  • Applications of bio-based materials in manufacturing
  • Fast and low-cost detection of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Biomass thermo-chemical upgrading for liquid and gaseous fuel