By Gary Thomas
Cornell University will participate in the research work to be carried out at the new nanoelectronics research center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The US $35 million research center will be called Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems and is to be located at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The new engineering research center will see participation from the University of California, Berkeley, California State University at Northridge and Switzerland ETH, Zurich apart from Cornell University.
Participants from Cornell University comprise Craig Fennie, assistant professor for applied and engineering physics; Darrell Schlom, professor of material science and engineering and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry; and Ephrahim Garcia, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The researchers will develop high efficiency, potent electromagnetic systems the size of biological cells. The mission of the research center is to employ multiferroics to couple magnetism and electricity in a technique that would effectively replace conventional wire-based electronics. Multiferroics are materials whose magnetism can be switched off and on by means of an electric field. The systems developed at the research center are targeted for use in a range of devices having applications in defense, miniature consumer electronics and in yet to be developed devices like nanoscale motors.
The researchers participating from Cornell represent a smaller replica of the project work structure. Schlom will work on material fabrication processes while Fennie will carry out analytic first-principles modeling for new materials. Garcia will work on identifying new applications for innovative materials.