Notre Dame to host NSF Future of Semiconductors and Beyond Workshop

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Semiconductors are the materials that make up transistors, lasers, integrated circuits, and solar cells. These devices are at the heart of computers, mobile phones, and electronic systems permeating all sectors of the U.S. economy. To promote continued U.S. leadership in electronics, the University of Notre Dame will host a workshop to discuss technical opportunities now on the horizon and consider focus areas where research investment could provide substantive technical benefit.

This virtual workshop, "Future of Semiconductors and Beyond: Materials, Devices and Integration," will engage thought leaders in the domain of electronic materials, devices, and systems. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the event will take place on four different afternoons at the beginning of March. The purpose of the workshop is to provide guidance to NSF on promising future research directions in microelectronics, photonics, and manufacturing.

“Notre Dame is honored to be the host of this workshop and grateful for the support of NSF,” said Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, director of Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology, and chair of the workshop’s organizing committee. “It is a privilege to contribute to a final report to NSF, which will provide a summary of promising research directions and technical opportunities.”

Four workshop sessions have been identified:

  • Session 1: “Harnessing Electronic Phases and Phase Transitions” on March 1, 2021.
  • Session 2: “Engineering Heterogeneous Semiconductor Structures” on March 2, 2021.
  • Session 3: “Extending Device Frontiers” on March 8, 2021.
  • Session 4: “Advancing Organic/Biodevices - Sensing, Stimulation, and Communication” on March 9, 2021.

The event will feature academics and industry speakers from across the country, including Notre Dame’s Christopher Hinkle, Bettex Collegiate Chair and associate professor of electrical engineering, who will speak on, “New strategies in nanoelectronic 3D heterogeneous integration” during Session 2. In addition to Seabaugh, the organizing committee includes session moderators April Brown from Duke University, David Chow from HRL Laboratories LLC., Evelyn Hu from Harvard University, and Debjeep Jena from Cornell University.

Academic and industry experts interested in semiconductor research are encouraged to attend the virtual event and registration is required. To learn more about the session agendas and to register, please visit

This event follows a February NSF workshop, “Future of Semiconductors and Beyond: Devices and Technologies,” that featured speaker Suman Datta, Stinson Professor of Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering, director of the Applications and Systems-Driven Center for Energy-Efficient Integrated NanoTechnologies at Notre Dame.

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