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Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research

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Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research  (University of Washington)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

CMDITR’s research mission is to create and use molecular building blocks to design new devices and subsystems for a broad spectrum of applications, specifically in the areas of telecommunications, computing, lighting, energy, transportation, medicine and defense. The Center’s work advances the understanding of the electrical and optical properties of novel organic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials, and of the dependence of these properties on the organizational structure of materials. The result of these efforts is the introduction of innovative products into the marketplace to benefit the economy in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Research at the center is organized into two main thrusts. The vision of the first thrust is to develop materials and devices for light-weight, low power, and ultra high-speed information processing. This will be achieved through “end-to-end” cross-disciplinary collaboration in theory, materials synthesis, processing and device design and fabrication. The research within this area is organized into two major science and technology areas, one on light-emitting devices and another on flexible portable photovoltaic cells.

The goal of the Center’s second research thrust aims at developing a new material platform for printed electronics on flexible substrates that will enable technological innovations in applications that require smart functions at low cost, on large areas, and at low power. This research is organized into two major science and technology areas, one on printable organic-field-effect transistors, and another on flexible portable photovoltaic cells combined with packaging and patterning technologies.

Education & Outreach

The goal of CMDITR’s Education and Partnership program is to build high impact programs around the multidisciplinary research endeavors of the CMDITR, and to equip a diverse population of students with the motivational, technical, and professional tools it needs to lead the IT communities of tomorrow in industry, academia, and the public sector. To meet these goals, the CMDITR program will train a diverse population of students in the science and engineering  career pipeline; contribute to innovative teaching and learning by developing new educational materials based on interdisciplinary CMDITR research; incorporate understanding of responsible conduct of research practices and intellectual property issues into the educational curriculum of Center students; and provide professional development opportunities to Center students, broadening their future career options and empowering them to succeed.

CMDITR’s efforts include a mentoring program, the opportunity to intern in a company doing work closely related to the Center’s research interests, and a collection of online modules that combines interdisciplinary content to create a unique teaching and learning experience for upper-division undergraduates and entry-level graduate students. The Center also offers Hooked on Photonics, an undergraduate summer research program that serves as a gateway experience for lower-level undergraduates. K-12 students can learn about the science behind information technology at The Point, a website that features interactive tutorials.

Throughout its efforts, CMDITR strives to create a population of students in the science and engineering career pipeline whose numbers reflect the needs of the information technology industry and whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population.

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Center on Materials & Devices for Information Technology Research