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IEN was created as an Interdisciplinary Research Institute under the Georgia Institute of Technology Executive Vice President for Research. IEN brings together a mix of researchers spanning colleges, departments, and individual labs around electronics and nanotechnology research. The institute exists to create transformative opportunities, strengthen collaborative partnerships and maximize societal impact of the exciting research being done at Georgia Tech.

Government and industry work with IEN to connect with a large portfolio of basic and applied research programs, to create and use novel research laboratories, to interact with Georgia Tech students and to collaborate with other research partners.

Research in electronics and nanotechnology—supported by strengths in related areas such as biomedicine, materials, and policy—provides the foundation for a broad range of advances with industrial applications. Georgia Tech has deep expertise and longstanding experience in electronics and semiconductors, and has become a national leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This convergence has led to developments such as epitaxial graphene for high-speed electronics, silicon germanium for specialized electronics, system-on-package technology, and zinc oxide structures for nanogenerators and other small-scale devices.

Major areas of research include biomedical materials & devices; electronic systems, packaging & components; microsystems and microstructures MEMS/NEMS; nanostructures & nanomaterials, optoelectronics, photonics, & phononics; and photovoltaics.


  • Research in the biomedical and life sciences is a robust part of the intellectual activity at IEN. Nanoscale approaches to the development of new biocompatible materials and medical devices play a vital role in technical advancement and innovation for applications as diverse as diagnostics, imaging, biosensors, drug delivery and therapeutics, and biomaterials and surface modification for implantable devices.

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  • Micro & Nano Electronic Systems, Devices, Components, & Packaging

    Electronics are pervasive in all aspects of modern life. Healthcare, Telecommunications, Transportation, Computing, Energy, and Life Safety are just some of the major fields benefiting from the explosive growth of micro and nanotechnology applications being addressed by faculty associated with Georgia Tech’s IEN.

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  • Micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) and, more general, microsystems have become indispensable for many of today’s electronic systems. Fabricated using processes adapted from the integrated circuit industry, MEMS/NEMS have applications ranging from automotive to defense industries, and from biomedical to consumer electronic devices.

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  • Nanostructures & Nanomaterials

    Nanomaterials and nanostructures are key components in the development of nanomanufacturing technologies leading toward macroscopic system innovations that directly benefit society. They find extensive applications in the areas of electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage, sensors, environmental science, and biomedical systems.

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  • Optics and Photonics

    Optics and photonics research plays a critical role in enabling the development and refinement of current and future manufacturing, medical, sensing, telecommunications, and defense technologies. Thereby, the field of optics and photonics touches, enables, and accelerates the work of many fields - electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and material science.

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  • Photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices directly convert sunlight into electricity. PV systems have become widely available in our daily life, providing power to small consumer electronic devices, such as calculators and wristwatches, to road and traffic signs, to an increasing number of houses and workplaces, and to communication satellites or the International Space Station (ISS). With the increasing demand for renewable energy sources, research into photovoltaic materials and devices has rapidly increased in past years.

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  • Semiconductor Materials, Processes & Devices

    Semiconductor materials and devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, enabling modern home appliances, toys, computing and communication devices, transportation systems, and medical equipment. While the vast majority of today’s semiconductor devices is based on silicon, research looks beyond silicon (“more-than-Moore”) and explores next-generation semiconductor materials, technologies and devices.

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