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Fall 2016 Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) Seed Grant Program Winners Announced

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech has announced the winners for the 2016 Fall Seed Grant Awards. The primary purpose of the IEN Seed Grant is to give first or second year graduate students in various disciplines working on original and un-funded research in micro- and nano-scale projects the opportunity to access the most advanced academic cleanroom space in the Southeast. In addition to accessing the high-level fabrication, lithography, and characterization tools in the labs, the students will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in cleanroom and tool methodology and to use the consultation services provided by research staff members of the IEN Advanced Technology Team.  In addition, the Seed Grant program gives faculty with novel research topics the ability to develop preliminary data in order to pursue follow-up funding sources.

Beginning in 2016, after several successful years of the program, the IEN seed grant application was extended include non-Georgia Tech students and PI’s for award consideration. This award session is the first in which an off-campus research project was chosen for inclusion.

The 5 winning projects, from a diverse group of engineering disciplines, were awarded a six-month block of IEN cleanroom and lab access time. In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of IEN, the projects that will be enabled by the grants include research in materials, biomedicine, energy production, and microelectronics packaging applications.

  • Francisco Quintero Cortes (PI Matthew McDowell, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering), Controlling Interfaces in Ceramic Ion Conductors for Next-Generation Lithium Batteries
  • Blaine Costello (PI Jeff Davis, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Dielectric Interfacial Capacitive Energy Storage (DICES) Experiments
  • Connor Howe (PI W. Hong Yeo, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. – School of Engineering and Medicine), Microstructured Flow Sensing System Integrated with a Thin Film Nitonol Stent
  • Aravindh Rajan & Patrick Creamer (PI Shannon Yee, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering), Creating Thermionic Devices and Thermal Rectifiers
  • Alexandra Tsoras (PI Julie Champion, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Engineering S-layer Autotransporter Protein Nanoparticles for Rickettsia Applications

Awardees will present the results of their research efforts at the annual IEN User Day in 2017.

For more information about IEN cleanroom facilities, research capabilities, and collaboration opportunities please visit www.ien.gatech.edu.

- Christa M. Ernst