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Laboratory for New Electronic Materials

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MRSEC: The Georgia Tech Laboratory for New Electronic Materials  (GA Tech Research Corporation - GA Institute of Technology)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Laboratory for New Electronic Materials is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

The Laboratory is located in Georgia Tech’s Marcus Nanotechnology Building and is focused on research and development on epitaxial graphene (EG), a material with extraordinary electronic properties that offers the possibility of greatly enhanced speed and performance as compared to silicon. EG may serve as the successor to silicon in integrated circuits and microelectronic devices, and Georgia Tech faculty are world-wide leaders in the growth and characterization of EG.

Education & Outreach

The educational goals of the MRSEC program at Georgia Tech are to train a diverse population of students; develop new course material and teaching tools based on interdisciplinary MRSEC research; provide undergraduate research experience to science and engineering students; provide academic and professional development opportunities to Center students and practicing engineers and scientists; and develop outreach activities for pre-college students and teachers.

These goals have led to the creation of several programs, including a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by NSF that allows participants to conduct research with MRSEC faculty over the summer while earning a stipend. Likewise, the Summer Teacher Experience Program Utilizing Physics (STEP-UP) provides metro Atlanta high school physics teachers an eight-week research experience. Hands-On-Tech HOT Days @ GT is a one-week long summer enrichment program designed to introduce high school students to physics and electrical and computer engineering concepts. Research internships for high school students introduce students to scientific research, and familiarize them with science and engineering undergraduate programs and careers. Participation in this program is restricted to rising 11th and 12th grade metro Atlanta students.

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