The Collins laboratory investigates the underlying physics of single-molecule electronics. We create and test single-molecule sensors and transducers that have a wide range of potential applications. Read more about this work at https://www.physics.uci.edu/~collinsp/.
The creation and characterization of nanowire transistor devices are critical initial steps for all of our research efforts. Using robotic instruments, we measure the electrical characteristics of thousands of devices to determine the distributions of their electrical properties. These distributions help us refine our fabrication processes and select typical devices for further interrogation and modification.
Students joining the team learn to use sophisticated modern tools for nanometer scale science. The student on this project will learn how to use robotic probing equipment programmed to measure thousands of nanodevices on 4” silicon wafers. The student’s role will be to acquire, manage, and analyze these data sets. As part of a larger team optimizing the fabrication techniques for nanotransistors, the student will be responsible for showing how different changes in the processing affect electrical properties.
Over time, successful students become qualified to run laboratory equipment independently. As students become productive and confident with a variety of tools, they are assigned independent research projects. Successful students will complete year-long projects that can result in a senior thesis, publication, or presentation at a conference or UROP Symposium.
Applicants must plan to commit at least 10 hours per week. Student availability must include large blocks of time (3-4 continuous hours) for productive laboratory work. Training and practice must be completed during normal daytime hours to ensure proper oversight and guidance. We expect successful students to continue working for multiple quarters, including Summer. Qualified students working independently on research projects usually receive financial support during Summer.
Students must enroll in Physics 195 during each quarter of their laboratory work.
Prof. P.G. Collins, 222 Rowland Hall
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