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Introducing Nanotechnology into an Undergraduate Microelectronics Course

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

New ECE Courses

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Electrical and Computer

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24.810.1 - 24.810.14



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Chung Hoon Lee Marquette University

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Chung Hoon Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

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Susan C. Schneider Marquette University

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Susan Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Laboratories for the Electrical Engineering program. Dr. Schneider is a member of ASEE, the IEEE, Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu.

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Trevor Thiess Marquette University

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Introducing Nanotechnology into an Undergraduate Microelectronics CourseIn spring 2012, a pilot project to increase student exposure to nanotechnology was carried out inthe first electronic devices course in the electrical engineering program at our university.Students were given the opportunity to build and test memristors in the nanoelectronics researchlaboratory under the supervision of their instructor. In this pilot project, 10% of the students inthe class chose to participate. Based on the success of the first trial, this project will be run againin fall 2014.The topic of memristors was chosen for this project motivated in no small part by the fact thatthese devices are currently of great interest in the microelectronics/nanoelectronics researchcommunity. An additional attribute, deemed essential for this student experience, is the ability tocreate a macro-scale version of the memristor. The project work includes mini-lectures andassigned readings on the history, theory of operation and fabrication, and applications of thesedevices. The experimental work consists of two sections: macro-scale and micro-scalefabrication of memristors. During the macro-scale portion of the project, students practice thememristor fabrication techniques for several different base metals and sulfiding mediums. Then,based on the measured current-voltage characteristics of the macro-scale memristor, the studentsmake choices on the materials and methods to use to scale down to make the micro/nano-scalememristor using industry standard fabrication techniques. A graduate student working in thenanoelectronics laboratory assists the students during all experimental work including safetytraining and helps on both fabrication and data acquisition.In this paper, we will fully describe the memristor pilot project including details of the macro-scale and micro/nano-scale memristor fabrication and testing. Examples of the lecture materialsand readings together with the experimental procedures will be given. And – the success of thisexperience, both in terms of the yield of memristors made by students and their impressions oftheir work, will be described.

Lee, C. H., & Schneider, S. C., & Thiess, T. (2014, June), Introducing Nanotechnology into an Undergraduate Microelectronics Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20702

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