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Fall 2019 IEN Facility Seed Grant Winners Announced

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The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech has announced the winners for the 2019 Fall Facility Seed Grants. The primary purpose of this program is to give first- or second-year graduate students in diverse disciplines working on original and un-funded research in micro- and nano-scale projects the opportunity to access the most advanced academic cleanroom space in the Southeast. In addition to accessing the high-level fabrication, lithography, and characterization tools in the labs, the students will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in cleanroom and tool methodology and to use the consultation services provided by research staff members of the IEN.  In addition, the Seed Grant program gives faculty with novel research topics the ability to develop preliminary data in order to pursue follow-up funding sources. This program is supported by the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), which is funded by the NSF (Grant ECCS-1542174).

Offered beginning in 2013, this grant program has seeded sixty projects with students working in ten different schools in COE and COS, as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute and 3 other universities.

In addition to IEN cleanroom and characterization lab access for the next year, the 4 students in this round, from a diverse group of engineering disciplines, will be provided travel support to present their findings at a technical conference. In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of IEN, the projects that will be enabled by the grants include research in quantum computing, microfluidics, and new materials for electronic and biomedical applications.

Fall 2019 IEN Facility Seed Grant Awards:

Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Hierarchically Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks
PI: Sankar Nair
Student: Arvind Ganesan
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Quantum Paraelectricity in Hafnia-Zirconia based Ferroic Materials for Quantum Computing
PI: Asif Khan
Student: Muhammad Mainul Islam
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Microfabrication and Characterization of Phononic Topological Insulators
PI: Michael Leamy and Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb
Student: Emily Kliewer
School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering

Microfabrication of Cell Biomarker Extraction Platform for Inline Intracellular Analysis
PI: Andrei Fedorov
Student: Austin Culberson
School of Mechanical Engineering

Research Alert: Flexible Electronics in the Spotlight

Microscope images show effervescent microneedles on a contraceptive skin patch. When applied to the skin, effervescent bubbles quickly separate the microneedles from the patch so that the patch can be removed after one minute. (Wei Li/Georgia Tech)Yeo Group Makes the Cover of Advanced Materials: Soft Material‐Enabled, Active Wireless, Thin‐Film Bioelectronics for Quantitative Diagnostics of Cervical Dystonia

Woon‐Hong Yeo, Young‐Tae Kwon, Yongkuk Lee, and co‐workers present a soft material‐enabled wireless electronic system that incorporates a nanomembrane wireless circuit and functional chip components, enclosed by an elastomeric membrane. The bioelectronic system offers a gentle, seamless mounting on the skin, while offering a comfortable, highly sensitive and accurate detection of head movements for quantitative diagnostics of cervical dystonia.

Read the Research Article Here

Radiotherapy-Compatible Robotic System for Multi-Landmark Positioning in Head and Neck Cancer Treatments

The spine flexibility creates one of the most significant challenges to proper positioning in radiation therapy of head and neck cancers. Even though existing immobilization techniques can reduce the positioning uncertainty, residual errors (2–3 mm along the cervical spine) cannot be mitigated by single translation-based approaches. Here, we introduce a fully radiotherapy-compatible electro-mechanical robotic system, capable of positioning a patient’s head with submillimeter accuracy in clinically acceptable spatial constraints. Key mechanical components, designed by finite element analysis, are fabricated with 3D printing and a cyclic loading test of the printed materials captures a great mechanical robustness.

Read the Research Article Here
Cleanroom Corner

Welcome to the Biocleanroom at the Marcus
Nanotechnology Building   


The Biocleanroom at IEN is a class 1000 cleanroom with a BSL-1 and  BSL-2 cabinet.


  • Scanning electron imaging for biological or non-conductive specimens
  • Biomolecular interaction analysis
  • Organic molecule analysis
  • Surface roughness and morphology analysis
  • Surface energy characterization
  • Centrifuge and low temperature freezer access

For Further Information and Training Contact

Erin C. Prowett


Click the Image below to visit the Biocleanroom website

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MCF Workshop

Free Workshop on Synchrotron X-ray Analytical Methods:

Wed. December 11, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


The MCF is getting a new instrument capable of X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) and X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES).

This laboratory system for XAFS features a 1-2 kW conventional x-ray tube coupled to modern x-ray optics and detectors. It provides very rapid transmission-mode measurements suitable for research and development in electrical energy storage or catalysis while also giving extremely high throughput for general sample characterization or product testing. More details about the instrument can be found here from the instrument manufacturer.

In anticipation of the x-ray analytical instrument coming to GT, we are holding a workshop on x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy.  The morning session will focus on talks on the type of science enabled by XAS and XES. The afternoon session will focus on hands on data analysis and modeling.

Register for the Workshop Here.

Nanotechnology Events
Nano@Tech Fall 2019 Final Event
Nanovation Podcast hosted by Prof. Michael Filler: How do you Start a Nanotech company? - with guest Andrew Hunt

If you’ve ever thought about starting a nanotech company, this is the episode for you! Andrew Hunt tells the story of Engi-Mat (formerly nGimat), the nanomaterials company he founded in 1993. Andrew and Mike discuss Engi-Mat’s core manufacturing technology, what motivated Andrew to start the company, the pros and cons of the U.S. patent system, and how the nanotechnology landscape has changed in the past two and half decades. Andrew has seen it all: from the early optimism to the stock market drops that sunk many of his rivals to the increasing prevalence of nanomaterials in everyday life. He has a lot of teach us. (Recorded on October 28, 2019. Edited by Andrew Cannon)

Listen to the podcast here.

18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors IMCS 2020

Montreal, CANADA | May 10-14th ,2020

“The Committees for North America, Asia, and Europe for the International Meeting on Chemical Sensors” invite you to IMCS 2020, to be held in Montreal during May 2020. This will be the 18th in a series of successful meetings for researchers, professionals, and business leaders to see the state of the art in sensors for gases, liquids, biologicals, for applications in health and environment, wearables and fixed infrastructure, as well as wired and wireless.

Read the full details and find contact information here.

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