Research News

Scientists prove graphene's edge structure affects electronic properties

Author: James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 16, 2009

Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: February 16, 2009

Carbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles current

Author: James E. Koeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 9, 2009

By pushing carbon nanotubes close to their breaking point, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a remarkable increase in the current-carrying capacity of the nanotubes, well beyond what was previously thought possible.

Published Date: February 9, 2009

New plasma transistor could create sharper displays

Author: James E. Kloeppel, physical sciences editor, Illinois News Bureau

Published Date:February 5, 2009

By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a mcrocavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays.

Published Date: February 5, 2009

Cantilever array used to measure cells

Published Date:June 18, 2008

ECE Professor and Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and colleagues have developed a new array of microfabricated silicon cantilevers that enable researchers to track the growth of cells.

Published Date: June 18, 2008

Leburton, Timp, and team propose DNA fabrication technique

Author: Lauren Eichmann, ECE Illinois

Published Date:March 10, 2008

Along with ECE Professor and part-time resident faculty member of the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, Grep Timp, Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton (an MNTL affiliate) is studying DNA sequencing using a synthetic nanopore. The effort stems from a large goal of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to make DNA sequencing faster and more cost effective. The current model to establish a human genome involves a process that requires hundreds of thousands of dollars and takes weeks to complete through a biochemical process.

Published Date: March 10, 2008