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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.


February 26th, 2019 @ 12:00PM| Pettit Microelectronics Building 102 A&B | Georgia Institute of Technology

Nano@Tech: Celebrating Silicon’s Success, its Hidden History, and its Next Act


Abstract: The history of silicon is usually told as a history of electronic materials and devices. However, it may be better told as a history of manufacturing innovation. This talk will take a journey through the manufacturing innovations that transformed silicon from its humble beginnings as the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust to the enabler of the computer chips that underpin the modern economy. The journey begins with the extraction of silicon from sand and its processing into the most compositionally pure and structurally perfect human-made material. It continues through the mid-20th century breakthroughs that allowed for the fabrication and interconnection of high-quality electronic devices to form integrated circuits. It is from this perspective that we can most easily appreciate silicon’s impact on modern society and why it is finding increasing utility in technology areas as diverse as renewable energy, environmental sensing, and augmented reality. It is also from this perspective that we can understand the limitations of today’s manufacturing paradigm and begin to see what innovations might be necessary to enable silicon’s next act.

Bio: Michael A. Filler is an associate professor and the Traylor Faculty Fellow in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research program lies at the intersection of chemical engineering and materials science, focusing on the synthesis, understanding, and deployment of nanoscale materials for applications in electronics, photonics, and energy conversion. He is co-director of the Community for Research on Active Surfaces and Interfaces (CRĀSI) and the host of Nanovation, a bimonthly podcast about the intersection of nanoscience, technology, manufacturing, and society. Filler has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award, and the CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. He also has been recognized as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Environmental Chemistry Mentor.

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Pettit Microelectronics Building | 791 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta GA | 30332


March 7th, 2019 @ 2:00PM | MRDC Building, Room 4211 | Georgia Institute of Technology




Abstract:  The presentation will focus on an overview of modeling, simulation (M&S) and experimental activities related to the integrated computational material engineering efforts at US-NRL from the perspective of the multiple length scales and multiple fields involved in layered deposition processes as they relate to Navy applications. The efforts described are a part of  US-NRL’s internally funded effort on the “Science of Layered Deposition Processes”, grand-challenge effort directed by the speaker.

The multiscale issues associated with Additive Manufacturing (AM) will be discussed first in order to lay out the scientific motivation of our efforts. Then, a description of overall analytical, experimental and computational components of the framework under development will be presented. Various aspects and current progress on some of the elements of this framework will be presented.

Emphasis will be given on the solution of the multifield partial differential equations (PDEs) governing the spatio-temporal behavior of AM processes by using various discretization and model order reduction methods. A description of NRL’s AM Multiphysics Discrete Element Method, will also be presented with emphasis on its ability to predict porosity and surface roughness in addition to final part shape for powder-based AM processes. A methodology is introduce to enriched analytical solutions with functionality relevant to the practicalities of AM processes will be introduced and their accuracy and efficiency will be discussed from the perspective of enabling closed loop feedback control in real time. Progress on implicit slicing and multiscale topology optimization for functional tailoring of parts will also be presented. Multiphase field methods for predicting the evolution of the polycrystalline microstructure of multi-element alloys will also be outlined. Connection of process parameters to performance requires utilizing crystal plasticity for generating data-driven constitutive models enabling stress-strain response prediction, examples of which will also be outlined. Finally, AM part qualification methodologies introduced by our group will be presented via the use of automated multi-degree of freedom testing procedures.

Bio: As a Research Scientist/Engineer and head of Computational Multiphysics Systems Lab (CMSL) of the Center for Materials Physics and Technology at the US Naval Research Laboratory (US-NRL), Dr. Michopoulos oversees and actively participates on research efforts involving multi-physics modeling and simulation associated with a plethora of topics in computational and experimental sciences. Some of his current major initiatives include research and development on the science of layered deposition processes,  linking performance to material through data and specification driven methodologies, model order reduction for naval applications, electromagnetic launcher dissipative damage modeling and simulation, mechatronic/robotic data-driven characterization of continua, and multiphysics design optimization. He is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and is member of the program committee of several international conferences and has chaired several of them. He has served in the executive committee of the Computers and Information in engineering division of the ASME among others. His technical work and leadership have been recognized by several national and international honors, including the 2015 Excellence in Research award by ASME’s CIE division, the 2015 Innovator Award by Wolfram Inc., and the 2013 “P.S. Theocaris” award for excellence by the National Academy of Athens. He has authored and co-authored more than 270 publications and patents and his a Fellow of the ASME. Dr. Michopoulos holds an M.Sc. In Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics from the National Technical University of Athens, and has pursued post-doctoral studies at Lehigh University on computational multi-field modeling of continua and Fracture Mechanics.


March 12th, 2019 @ 12:00PM| Marcus Nanotechnology Building 1117 - 1118 | Georgia Institute of Technology

Nano@Tech: Organic Semiconductors in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss how printable organic conjugated semiconducting molecules and polymers are creating new disruptive technologies that are impacting all industries. We will present recent advances in various solid-state device platforms including, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photodetectors (OPDs), organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs), and organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). We will emphasize the importance of interfaces in devices and show examples on how to engineer their electrical properties. We will present a simple processing technique for the electrical doping of organic semiconductors over a limited depth near the surface of the film that is based on immersing the film into a polyoxometalate solution. Such approached can drastically reduce the fabrication cost of such devices, simplify device architecture, and lead to all-organic devices fabricated by all-additive printing techniques. As an illustration of the simplicity and versatility of this process we will discuss how high-performance organic solar cells with simplified architecture can be implemented. Finally, we will present the results of a detailed operational lifetime study of OTFTs showing that organic photonics and electronics can yield a stability level superior to that of amorphous silicon.

Bio: Bernard Kippelen is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research interests range from the investigation of fundamental physical processes (nonlinear optical activity, charge transport, light harvesting and emission) in organic-based nanostructured thin films, to the design, fabrication and testing of light-weight flexible optoelectronic devices based on hybrid printable materials. He is a co-founder and co-President of the Institut Lafayette, an innovation platform located on Georgia Tech’s European campus Georgia Tech Lorraine (Metz, France), and he serves as Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics


March 18th - 20th, 2019 | Marcus Nanotechnology Building | Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2019 IEN Micro-Fabrication Short Course

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on micro-fabrication from March 18th - 20th, 2019. This in­tensive 3 day short course combines classroom lectures and laboratory based hands-on fabrication in the IEN cleanroom. The goal of the course is to impart a basic understanding of the science and technology of micro-fabrication processes as used in academia and industry.

This short course will cover essential micro-fabrication techniques including, photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, packaging, and characterization. Attendees will gain valuable experience by fabricating simple devices in one of the most advanced uni­versity cleanrooms in North America.

Rates: *Rates include lunches on all days*

Georgia Tech Rate: $200
Academic and Government Rate: $400
Industry Rate: $800

Due to the nature of the lab portion of the course, registration has a maximum of 30 participants. Your registration is not guaranteed until full payment is received. If you wish to charge the course to an IEN Cleanroom account, please contact us immediately so that we can provide the proper forms, and so that we may notify the PI or accounts representative. Credit cards are the only payment option for people outside Georgia Tech. Once you submit your registration, follow the appropriate links in your confirmation email. A waiting list of overflow registrants will be maintained in case of cancellations.

** Registration is NOT complete until you have received a link to pay for your attendance through Georgia Tech's secure payment gateway. You will receive this link via email after completing the initial registration process.

Registration and full payment MUST be completed online by March the 11th at 4PM EST, 2019: NO EXCEPTIONS. No one will be allowed to register or pay on-site.**