Micro Nano Devices & Systems Lab

Welcome to MiNDS Lab!

      Our research focuses on energy transport and conversion in micro-electronics and nano-engineered devices and systems. The MiNDS lab establishes multi-physics and mutli-scale computational and experimental framework to enhance the energy efficiency, performance and reliability of electronic devices and systems. At small scales we target on thin-film transistors for flexible macro-electronics, Cu and graphene based interconnects for micro-electronics, and embedded thermo-electric devices for on- chip hot spot-cooling or energy harvesting. At large scales we target on cooling solutions for the efficient thermal management of electronic devices used in commercial or defense applications such as data centers or forward operating bases.

     The goals of our lab are to develop principles and theories at small scales and translate them to large scales to engineer the system properties and performance. For example, we develop atomistic models to analyze electro-thermal transport in carbon nanotubes and their interfaces and develop meso-scale modeling techniques to analyze performance and reliability of devices made by 2D and 3D percolating networks of nanotubes. We investigate the fundamental transport mechanism in a broad range of nano-materials such as graphene, nanotubes, and polymers which are promising to revolutionize the performance and efficiency of next generation flexible displays, transparent electrodes, bio-chemical sensors, solar cells, etc. We develop modeling techniques that can be employed for rapid and accurate thermal transport analysis of 3D electronic packages, interconnect structures and ultrathin thermoelectric coolers embedded inside the 3D packages. We fabricate and employ micro-nano scale resistance temperature-detectors to measure temperature and thermal properties of embedded structures.

     MiNDs lab is directed by Dr. Satish Kumar. Sponsors of our lab include National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and various Industries.

  • Dr. Kumar has been named Woodruff Faculty Fellow (July 2017) [Details]

  • Karnik Kishore defends his MS thesis, Fall 2017

  • Matthew receives FLAMEL Fellowship, Fall 2017

  • Man Prakash Gupta finishes his postdoctoral research and joins Ford Motor Company. (Dec. 2016)

  • David Brown wins Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) Graduate Student Fellowship.

  • Zhequan Yan was nominated for Best Poster Award at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting.

  • Bladimir Ramos Alvarado received his Ph.D. degree and will join Pennsylvania State University as an Assistant Professor in May 2017.

  • Daniyal Hassan  defends his MS thesis

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        Carbon Nanotube Network Transistor                                 CNT Juntion  on SiO2 

Thermal Interaction at Graphene-Metal Interface