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"Sustainable and Scalable Manufacturing of Nano and Microelectronics Using Directed Assembly of Nanomaterials" by Ahmed Busnaina

Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:00am

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Current electronic manufacturing processes have a detrimental impact on the environment and require high operating and capital costs. These processes consist of a complex series of steps using hundreds of high-energy deposition steps (consuming a massive amount of water and electricity). A new sustainable and scalable technique for additively manufacture nano and microelectronics has been developed. The technique eliminates high-energy, chemically intense processing by utilizing direct assembly of nanoscale particles or other nanomaterials at room temperature and atmospheric pressure onto a substrate, to precisely where the structures are built.   Although, many of the nanomaterials-based electronics transistors were made using organic materials and/or nanomaterials that do not need to be sintered such as carbon nanotubes and 2D materials, however, to have a commercial impact, traditional semiconductors nanomaterials such as silicon and III-V and II-VI semiconductors need to be printed to produce high performance electronics. In this presentation we show how this technology can print single crystal structures and make transistors using a purely additive (directed assembly enabled) process using inorganic semiconductors, metals and dielectrics nanoparticles suspended using colloid chemistry, and post assembly crystallization using different annealing conditions. The process demonstrate the manufacturing of transistors with an on/off ratio greater than 1E6. Results show that at least an order of magnitude savings in embodied energy cost can be realized. This new technology will enable the fabrication of nanoelectronics while reducing the cost by  10-100 times and can print 1000 faster and 1000 smaller (down to 20nm) structures than ink-jet based printing.  The nanoscale printing platform enables the heterogeneous integration of interconnected circuit layers (like CMOS) of printed electronics and sensors at ambient temperature and pressure on rigid or flexible substrates.



Ahmed A. Busnaina, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University since 2004.  He was a professor and a director of the Microcontamination Control Lab at Clarkson University from 1983-2000. He is internationally recognized for his work on nano and micro scale defects mitigation in semiconductor fabrication. He specializes in directed assembly-based printing  of inorganic and organic conductors, semiconductors and dielectrics for nanoscale electronics and sensors. He authored more than 600 papers in journals, proceedings and conferences, 23 granted and 40 pending patents. He was awarded the  2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award and Medal. He is a fellow of National Academy of Inventors, a fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers,  the Adhesion Society, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar.

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Lectures & Workshops

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Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students



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