Professor Kaustav Banerjee and his former doctoral student, Hamed Dadgour’s research on nano-electromechanical switches (NEMS), has been highlighted in a major review article published in the prestigious Nature series journal Nature Nanotechnology. With an impact factor of over 30, Nature Nanotechnology is the #1 ranked journal in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The article titled, “Nanoelectromechanical Contact Switches”, by Owen Y. Loh and Horacio D. Espinosa, 7, 283–295 (2012), doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.40, highlights some of the pioneering works on NEMS- and hybrid NEMS-CMOS based ultra energy-efficient circuits and systems carried out by Dr. Dadgour and Prof. Banerjee.
Their research was motivated by one of the most critical challenges in modern electronics — reduction of leakage power in nanoscale integrated circuits, and delved into innovative techniques including exploration of steep subthreshold-slope NEMS based devices and circuits. Their work in this domain is chronicled in several articles published at top international venues in electron devices and reliability physics — IEDM (2008) & IRPS (2011); electronic design and design automation — DAC (2007 & 2010) & ISLPED (2010); as well as a key article in Computers & Digital Techniques 3, 593–608 (2009). Dr. Dadgour’s outstanding research earned him a PhD degree in September 2010.
A comprehensive book chapter by Dadgour and Banerjee on the prospects of NEMS for ultra energy-efficient digital ICs features in the upcoming book Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics: Materials, Devices & Manufacturability, Ed: Anupama B. Kaul, CRC Press, ISBN 9781466509542.