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Hybrid Electronic Materials: Nanotechnology Reality vs. Nanobots, Grey Goo and Other Strange Stuff

Engineering Professor Theda Daniels-Race discusses work on nanotechnolgy conducted by the Applied Hybrid Electronic Materials & Structures (AHEMS) Laboratory
When Mar 16, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where 135 French House
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Contact Phone 225-578-2479
Attendees Honors College students
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Dr. Theda Daniels-Race is a Michel B. Voorhies Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with joint appointment to the LSU Center for Computation and Technology.  “Dr. Race” received her B.S. from Rice University, her M.S. from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University all in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in electrophysics.  Throughout her training, Dr. Race interned with companies such as Exxon, General Electric, and AT&T. She began her academic career in 1990 with the ECE Department at Duke University where she was responsible for the inception of the university’s first laboratory and subsequent program in experimental compound semiconductor materials research.  Upon joining the LSU faculty in 2003, Dr. Race initiated a research program in hybrid electronic materials (HEMs) for use in next-generation nanoscale electronic devices.  As a scholar, she has been an active member of several professional societies such as the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the National Society of Black Physicists, and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Race is a noted speaker on issues of diversity and a strong advocate for women and minorities in science-engineering.

Her talk will present an overview of work in progress as conducted by both her graduate and undergraduate students as part of the Applied Hybrid Electronic Materials & Structures (AHEMS) Laboratory, a.k.a., the Race Group. With an eye toward the next generation of electronics, new materials and device structures must be examined in order to discover the unique physics and potential applications of electronic phenomena “beyond the transistor.”  These structures and phenomena operate in the nanoscale, as in one billionth of a meter or 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Using hybrid (inorganic-organic) electronic materials (HEMs), her work is focused upon understanding nanoscale electronic processes exhibited by HEMs, as well as the development of innovative yet low-cost apparatus through which these processes may be explored, which will be discussed in the context of popular media and literature, wherein “predictions” of everything from subcellular mind altering robotic brain implants to terrain consuming self-replicating molecular machines and “the end of life as we know it.”