CMDIS Newsletter - April 2023

Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems
April Newsletter

Your assistant to keep you updated. Snippets on upcoming events, webinars, fellowship opportunities, news about facilities, publications, past event notes.


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What’s ahead?

School of Science Undergraduate Research Fair
(19.April, 3:00pm-5:00pm, CBIS Atrium)
Learn more about the student research being done within the School of Science! During the Research Fair, there will also be a schedule of mini sessions on topics such as applying to graduate school, the Science Ambassador program, and career development. Light refreshments will be served! Contact: Jordane Feldman

NSF CAREER Award Workshop
(21.April, 10:00am-12:00pm, CBIS Bruggeman)
Join us for a workshop on the NSF CAREER Award, a prestigious award for Assistant Professors across Directorates that provides 5 years of stable support for the development of outstanding teacher-scholars. We will provide an overview of the CAREER award and proposal components, recent awardees will share their experiences, and we will learn about educational and outreach programs that faculty can incorporate into their proposals. Assistant Professors from all Schools are encouraged to attend. Contact: Jordane Feldman

2023 New York State Nanotechnology Network (NNN) Symposium @ University at Albany SUNY - "Advances in the Semiconductor Industry"
(25.April, 8:00am-5:00pm)
On Tuesday, April 25th, the University at Albany SUNY will host the second New York State Nanotechnology Network (NNN) Symposium geared toward connecting NYS undergraduate and graduate students with NYS industry partners for the purpose of learning about and discussing "Advances in the Semiconductor Industry." The day will include a morning session with student, government, and industry talks, and an afternoon Poster Session & Career Fair. Good luck to presenters! Learn more.

RPI Graduate Research Symposium
(12.May, 8:00am-5:00pm, various campus locations)
The RPI’s Graduate Research Symposium will be held on 12 May. This year’s keynote speaker is President Martin Schmidt’81, Ph.D. The program includes Three Minute Thesis academic research competition, podium presentations, AI Art competition, faculty panels, and networking sessions. Learn more about the program, for more information, contact: Colleen Smith. Good luck to all presenters!

Approaching deadlines

(Undergrad) Solarpunk Futures: Illustrating the Future of Solar
(Application Deadline: 30.April)
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO) is at the forefront of solar energy research, accelerating the advancement and deployment of solar technology in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized economy. To continue SETO’s work while harnessing this movement, ORISE is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to create a Solarpunk art piece that communicates the potential of the technology the office is funding. Your Solarpunk art piece could win you a $5,000 scholarship! Learn more.

(Grad/Post-doc) Nanoanalysis Scientific Papers
(Application Deadline: 30.April)
The Oxford Instruments Scientific Paper Award recognizes exceptional scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals in 2022 that include results acquired with Oxford Instruments EBSD, EDS, WDS Detectors or Omniprobe nanomanipulators.
For the 2023 Scientific Paper Award, any co-author can submit a paper published in 2022 before the 30th April 2023. Gift cards will be presented to winners. Learn more.

(Grad/Post-doc) Battery Workforce Challenge
(Application Deadline: 18.May)
Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, Stellantis, and other government and industry sponsors, are joining forces to ready the next generation workforce for future careers throughout the battery supply chain and support the nation’s global competitiveness in battery manufacturing. The Battery Workforce Challenge is a new three-year student competition that will kick off in Fall 2023 and will challenge universities and vocational schools from across North America to design, build, test, and integrate an advanced EV battery pack into a Stellantis vehicle. Learn more.

(Post-Doc) Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program Applications
(Application Deadline: 01.May)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine administers postdoctoral and senior fellowship awards at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) under the Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program (AF STFP). The program is seeking highly qualified candidates who are U.S. citizens and hold, or anticipate earning, a doctorate in a variety of fields of science or engineering. Learn more.

(Faculty) REMADE Institute RFP23-01
(Application Deadline: 26.April)
The REMADE Institute announced its sixth Request for Proposals (RFP), representing $20 million in investment to sustain U.S. manufacturing and accelerate the U.S.’s transition to a Circular Economy. The Institute is seeking technology proposals for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that develop and demonstrate tools and technologies consistent with REMADE’s goals to reduce energy and emissions; achieve better than cost and energy parity; and promote the widespread application of new enabling technologies across multiple industries. RD&D projects must align with one or more of the Institute’s focus areas: systems analysis and integration; design for reuse, remanufacturing, recovery and recycling (design for Re-X); manufacturing materials optimization; remanufacturing; and/or recovery and recycling. Learn more.

Other Webinars / Conferences / Development

Webinar: Advanced metrology for accurate, nanoscale failure analysis 
(19.April, 11:00am EDT)
This webinar addresses how scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and nanoindentation can advance failure analysis and reliability testing in the semiconductor industry. During this webinar, Bruker experts will present nanoindentation case studies—including the thermal expansion of Cu-TSVs—to illustrate how our nanomechanical test instruments have been developed to enable a broad suite of complementary characterization techniques which can be leveraged for semiconductor failure analysis and reliability testing. Learn more.

MIT 2023 Annual Polymer Day
(26.April, Boston, MA)
MIT’s annual day-long polymer symposium, Polymer Day, will be held in-person on April 26th in Morss Hall on campus. Hosted by graduate students in the Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM), the event is open to researchers at US universities, industry professionals, and the broader polymer science community. The symposium includes a poster contest, an alumni career panel, and seminars on cutting-edge research. Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to network with our industry sponsors at the networking lunch and career fair. Winning poster presenters will be announced at an evening awards reception/social hour. Learn more.

Webinar: The Magnetic Monopole Fluids 
(27.April, 10:00am EDT)
In this webinar, the attendees will learn about the flowing magnetic monopoles, and fluids’ equilibrium properties while undergoing thermal generation and recombination as well as dynamical properties and their interactions with electromagnetic radiation. Learning Outcomes: (i) Get an introduction to fundamental magnetic charges, also known as Dirac monopoles (ii) Learn about emergent magnetic charges in pyrochlore titanates (iii) See examples of magnetic monopole detection and noise. Physicists interested in novel quantum fluids as well as particle physicists are welcome to join. Register.

Webinar: The Physics of Active Matter 
(10.May, 11:00am EDT)
Birds flock. Bees swarm. Fish school. The natural world is filled with many such remarkable examples of collective behavior. But can the laws of physics teach us how such behavior emerges? And if yes, then what is the nature of these answers, and how can we obtain them? What are the rules, principles, and lessons? Anyone interested in the physics of living systems, nonequilibrium physics, and collective behavior are welcome to join. Register.

Webinar: A micro-to-nano zoom through a real-world battery with X-ray vision 
(17.May, 1:00pmEDT)
Yijin Liu, Lead Scientist, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, U.S. This talk presents a macro-to-nano zoom through the hierarchy of a real-world battery cell using a suite of state-of-the-art X-ray techniques. Damage, deformation, compositional and chemical heterogeneity at different length scales is visualized and associated with different degradation mechanisms. These results highlight the importance of the battery material's mechanical properties, which evolve upon battery cycling and could significantly impact both immediate and long-term cell behaviors. Register.

The Vertical Flight Society's 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display 
(16-18.May, West Palm Beach, FL)
The Vertical Flight Society's 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display will be held between May 16-18 in West Palm Beach ,FL. It is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The conference will span three days and include 200+ technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as invited presentations and discussions by leaders in the military, government agencies and industry. Learn more.

ACS NorthEast Regional Meeting (NERM)
(14-17.June, Boston, MA)
The meeting will be hosted by the Northeastern Section of the ACS with most of the technical sessions and special events to be held at Northeastern University in Boston. The theme of the meeting, Chemistry: Crossing Intersections, will be reflected in the technical program featuring research that crosses and transcends the traditional boundaries of chemistry and chemical engineering. Learn more.

PowerAmerica 2023 Summer Workshop
(08-10.August, Raleigh, NC)
The two-and-a-half-day gathering of leaders and experts in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) technology will offer networking sessions, keynote remarks, industry perspectives, student poster sessions and PowerAmerica project updates. Engineering and business development professionals are especially encouraged to attend. Learn more.

Publications in Our Radar

Li X., Murray B., Narayan S., Investigation of sessile droplet evaporation using a transient two-step moving mesh model, 2023, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, DOI:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124151

Powers M.N., Rice T.E., Chowdhury A., Mansha M.W., Hella M.M.Wilke I., Oehlschlaeger M.A., Dimethyl ether gas sensing using rotational absorption spectroscopy in the THz frequency region from 220 to 330 GHz, 2023, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, DOI:10.1016/j.snb.2023.133635

Liang Z., Zhang M., Shi C., Huang Z.R., Real-time respiratory motion prediction using photonic reservoir computing, 2023, Scientific reports, DOI:10.1038/s41598-023-31296-2

Spagnolie S.E., Underhill P.T., Swimming in Complex Fluids, 2023, Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, DOI:10.1146/annurev-conmatphys-040821-112149

Navarathna P., Cameron F., Sontakke M., Yang S., Diamond T., Bequette B.W., Machine-Learning-Based Detection of Pressure-Induced Faults in Continuous Glucose Monitors, 2023, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, DOI:10.1021/acs.iecr.2c03259

Bhimani K., Lakhnot A.S., Sharma S., Sharma M., Panchal R.A., Mahajani V., Koratkar N., Molybdenum Vanadium Oxides as Intercalation Hosts for Chloroaluminate Anions, 2023, Batteries, DOI:10.3390/batteries9020092

Sharma S., Ward Z.D., Bhimani K., Sharma M., Quinton J., Rhone T.D.Shi S.-F., Terrones H., Koratkar N., Machine Learning-Aided Band Gap Engineering of BaZrS3 Chalcogenide Perovskite, 2023, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, DOI:10.1021/acsami.3c00618

Shao B., Huang Y., Han F., Electronic Conductivity of Lithium Solid Electrolytes, 2023, Advanced Energy Materials, DOI:10.1002/aenm.202204098

Lu Z., Dhull N., Chen X., Zhang L., Kisslinger K., Kuan T.-S., Washington M.A., Lu T.-M., Wang G.-C., Near surface structure of ultrathin epitaxial Ru films on graphene/amorphous SiO2 revealed by azimuthal RHEED, 2023, Journal of Materials Research, DOI:10.1557/s43578-022-00878-7

In Case You Have Missed

Micron, National Science Foundation and Senator Schumer announced new workforce development collaborations. RPI is proud to be part of the Micron Technology Northeast University Semiconductor Network, a partnership to develop the next generation of the U.S. semiconductor workforce. Read more.  

James Lu (ECSE) co-taught a Topics in Microelectronics Manufacturing course with a team of industry experts from GlobalFoundries. This new course aims to introduce students to the state-of-the art chip manufacturing technologies and to amplify their interest in chips-centric careers. Read more.

Oshani Seneviratne (CS) led the Mega-ACE Hackatlon at RPI. The event is designed to bring together developers, engineers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to showcase their skills and explore the limitless possibilities of the Algorand blockchain. Read more. Congratulations!

Semiconductor Summit was held on April 11. The event, organized by CCPD, focused on the trends and innovations in the exciting field of semiconductor manufacturing as well as the future of talent and career opportunities with Applied Materials, GlobalFoundries, and IBM. Intense research engagement session in the morning was followed by the student oriented career panel discussions and networking events. Read more.

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