We love physical electronics. We believe electronics and internet can do more to our life. Thus, we want to integrate them together so the physical electronics become interactive (live). To enhance their applicability, we want them to be of "free" form: flexible, stretchable, reconfigurable in their physical form. We want to democratize (take) such electronics to anyone, anywhere, anytime to empower us with information. By anyone, we mean any age group - the electronics will be such that anyone can use them, their interactivity will allow them to be user friendly, whoever has a great idea will be able to use such electronics to build new things, to demonstrate the beauty and power of the conceived idea. By anyone, we also mean the electronics will be of low cost so they can be easily affordable. By anywhere and anytime, we mean easy accessibility, reliable and robust communication. All these requirements will shape our engineering focused research.
Traditional way to build physical electronics is to focus on a material, a specific physics, a process, a characterization methodology, a device. But for us, we interface with the end users (in our case, various disciplines) to understand how a new electronics or electronic system can enable a new application which is not possible with the existing materials, processes, devices, physics and such. Based on their inputs, we design and build new physical electronics. To do so, we explore new physics, discover new materials, develop new processes, plan integration strategy, design new characterization methodology, equipment and such.
Impact of our research is resonated in future generation computing including big data, cloud computation, cyber-physical systems and augmented reality, clean and readily available energy, and health care. The uniquely distinguishable strength of our research is "papers to wafers" - anything drawn on the paper, we can fabricate on wafer!
Two principles we follow before undertaking any research project: (i) are we going to address one of the most difficult engineering challenges (i.e. impact of the topic)? and (ii) is it the first ever to open a new frontier in science (i.e. novelty)? High risk, high gain is our mantra. One of the riskiest factors of our group is we have only students as researchers, but they are the richest assets for our group too.
Leveraging their vigor and positive energy, we relentlessly pursue to succeed against all odds by stretching the limit of human imagination by innovative integration of science and engineering to make this world better than we have found her.
Multimedia: Integrated Nanotechnology for Smart Living and Sustainable Future [click through to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk2knkR1MoA]
Silicon nanotube FET [Click video here]
Flexible silicon [Click video here]