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NSF Grant Supports Development of New Scheme for Nanodevice Fabrication

March 15, 2005

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000, five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to Dr. Seong Jin Koh of the Materials Science and Engineering Program and the Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility at The University of Texas at Arlington. The grant will allow Dr. Koh to develop a new method of nanoscale device fabrication that will be based on controlled positioning of nanoscale objects in parallel processing.

CAREER grants are the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early career-development activities by scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Dr. Koh’s research will address two important issues currently confronting the nanoscale science community: precise positioning of nanoscale objects (carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanowires, proteins, DNAs, and other molecules, etc.) on a substrate, and a practical and reliable way of connecting nanoscale devices among themselves and to the outside macroscopic world. The process will merge the self-alignment of organic molecules into existing device fabrication technology to create new types of advanced devices.

This grant will also enable Dr. Koh to develop new educational and outreach programs. An interdisciplinary course, “Current Topics in Nanotechnology,” will be extensively enhanced by creating several modules of “hands-on” laboratories. Dr. Koh will also develop a “hands-on” educational program for K-12 students and teachers in the Arlington and Mansfield school districts. Students will have direct exposure to cutting-edge equipment and real-world research. Dr. Koh believes that this outreach program will expose young minds to the exciting and fun world of science and technology from early ages and to inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology, ultimately contributing to promote national science and technology to the next level.