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As part of IEN’s mission to develop and cultivate the next generation of technologists, our team hosts numerous professional development lectures and short courses. Course and lecture topics include cleanroom fabrication techniques, advanced lithography techniques, market sector applications of nanotechnology research, and seminars on nanotechnology as it relates to other fields of engineering. These events are open to both GA Tech and other institutions’ researchers and educators, as well as to those in industry and the interested public.


All events are listed in chronological order, please scroll down to find and register for the event for which you are interested.


December 6, 2017 | 12pm - 1pm | Marcus Nanotech 1117-1118

IEN Technical Seminar on Advanced Fabrication: Vanishing Devices – From Sensors to Drones Enabled by Transient Polymers

Professor Paul A. Kohl
Hercules, Inc./Thomas L. Gossage Chair & Regents’ Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Abstract: Transient materials are those designed for a specific end-of-life. The end-of-life can be triggered by a particular event (e.g. sunrise or the end of a mission) or the end-oflife can simply be planned obsolescence (don’t clutter a land-fill). Transient polymers are particularly valuable in these devices because they can be used in structural applications (component backbone) or part of the active device (e.g. sensors). Low ceiling temperature poly(aldehydes) are particularly valuable because the can be depolymerized into liquids or gases at a variety of temperatures when exposed to thermal, chemical, or photochemical stimuli. The nature of transient polymers will be described including advances in the synthesis of poly(aldehydes), component formulations & physical properties, triggering mechanisms, and component processing. The applications include disappearing sensors and airborne delivery vehicles.

Biography: Paul Kohl received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas, in Chemistry in 1978. After graduation, Dr. Kohl was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ from 1978 to 1989. During that time, he was involved in new chemical processes for silicon and compound semiconductor devices and their packaging. In 1989, he joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where he is currently a Regents’ Professor and holder of the Hercules Inc./ Thomas L. Gossage Chair. Dr. Kohl’s research interests include new materials and processes for advanced interconnects for integrated circuits, and electrochemical energy devices for energy conversion and storage. He has more than 270 journal publication, 64 US patents, and more than 400 conference presentations. Dr. Kohl is the past Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, past Director of the MARCO Interconnect Focus Center, and past President of the Electrochemical Society.


April 20 & 21, 2018

Spring 2018 Short Course: Soft Lithography for Microfluidics

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on “Soft Lithography for Microfluidics” on April 20 & 21, 2018. This course module is designed for individuals interested in hands-on training in the fabrication of microfluidic devices using the soft lithography technique. This 2 day intensive short course will be structured to assume no prior knowledge of the technologies by the participants. The course agenda is evenly divided between laboratory hands-on sessions, including SU-8 master mold creation using photolithography and PDMS device fabrication in the IEN cleanroom, and supporting lectures.  The goal for this course is to impart a basic understanding of soft lithography for microfluidic applications as practiced in academia and industry.

Target Audience
This short course is open to off-campus researchers from academia, industry and government laboratories/organizations and is not limited to current Georgia Tech students or IEN users. Anyone who is interested in starting research in the area of microfluidics or PDMS device fabrication is invited and strongly encouraged to participate.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*
Georgia Tech Rate: $150
Academic and Government Rate: $300
Industry Rate: $600

Register for the Course Here


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