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Multifunctional Large Area Electronics

Friday, March 24, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Nedderman Hall 203

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Bruce E. Gnade, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering Executive Director, Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, Southern Methodist University

Abstract

Current applications for large area electronics include displays and solid state lighting. While these are potentially very large volume applications, we believe there are many other applications that would benefit from a mature large area electronics technology that can incorporate many functions. In order to implement complex systems compatible with inexpensive substrates we use traditional semiconductor processes such as photolithography and etching. Thin-film electronics offer the possibility of true 3-D integration because active devices can be fabricated at any level within the system. Examples of our current work will be discussed including, thin-film radiation detectors with integrated active pixel electronics and multi-functional-multi-electrode arrays for cellular recording, all fabricated on low temperature inexpensive substrates. Issues related to the design and fabrication of complex systems based on moderate performance electronics will be discussed.

Acknowledgments: This work has been supported in part by the Army Research Labs, DARPA, The Department of Homeland Security and NSF.

Bio

Bruce Gnade received his BA in Chemistry from St. Louis University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982. He joined the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU in 2017. Prior to that he was on the faculty at UT Dallas from 2003-2016, and was the Vice President for Research and the Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics from 2006-2016. He managed several research and technology groups during his 14 years at Texas Instruments and from 1996-1999 was on a temporary assignment at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a program manager. His current research interests focus on flexible electronics with applications ranging from radiation sensors to microelectrode arrays for cellular recording. He has authored/co-authored approximately 195 refereed journal papers, 77 U.S. patents, and 55 foreign patents (Google Scholar >10,000 citations, h-index=47).

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