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Air Force MURI Award Supports Nanophotonics Research at UT Arlington

April 17, 2008

Electrical engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington will be part of a multidisciplinary, multi-university team investigating various photonic and electronic devices based on silicon nanomembranes – flexible, single-crystalline sheets of silicon with applications as flexible electronics, photonics, sensors, and thermoelectric and other devices.

Assistant Professor Weidong Zhou will collaborate with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and U. S. Air Force research laboratories on the study. Dr. Zhou‘s nanophotonics research group, working in UT Arlington’s NanoFab facility, will develop photonic crystal-based nanophotonic devices on nanomembranes for silicon photonics and infrared sensing applications.

The team’s project, titled “Adaptive Intelligent Photonic/Electronic Systems Based on Silicon Nanomembranes,” is being supported by a multi-million dollar grant through the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The highly-regarded MURI awards provide long-term support for science and engineering research vital to national defense.

The use of nanomembranes will greatly expand the application of semiconductors, impacting sensing, security, communication and computing, health, and health technologies. The outstanding electronic, optical and mechanical features of nanomembranes can be exploited in ways heretofore thought impossible or unimaginable.