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Professor Alexander Balandin Receives NSF Collaborative Award to Develop Graphene Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits


Professor Alexander Balandin Receives NSF Collaborative Award to Develop Graphene....
 
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Professor Alexander Balandin Receives NSF Collaborative Award to Develop Graphene Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits

September 10, 2012

Dr. Alexander A. Balandin, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering received a new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF supported $350,000 project aims at development of graphene circuits for analog, mixed-signal, and radio frequency applications. The collaborative interdisciplinary research involves two co-PIs: Professor Balandin at the University of California – Riverside and Professor Kartik Mohanram at the University of Pittsburgh. Prof. Mohanram, an expert in computer engineering and systems, will perform computer-aided design of graphene integrated circuits. Professor Balandin and members of his research group at the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) will build graphene transistors and monolithically integrated graphene circuits. They will also carry out proof-of-concept demonstrations of graphene radio frequency and analog mixed-signal systems. The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate that graphene circuits can greatly reduce the system complexity and help in realizing the larger bandwidth, higher frequency, and lower power consumption than the state-of-the-art circuits implemented with conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon or gallium arsenide.

Professor Balandin and his team have previously demonstrated the first low-noise top-gate graphene transistor, graphene phase detector and graphene amplifier, which were highlighted in Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Materials Today, Physics World, nationally syndicated radio program The Loh Down on Science and other media worldwide. Professor Balandin received the IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology for 2011 for his graphene research. More information about his group’s graphene research can be found in the link below.

Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL): http://ndl.ee.ucr.edu/

Professor Balandin’s Profile: http://ndl.ee.ucr.edu/Balandin-NDL-Profile-2012.pdf

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