2017 CAP Lecture Tour
Title: From Atom to Device: The Journey of the King of Materials
Abstract: If each era is defined by disruptive and influential discoveries and inventions such as fire, wheel and steam engine that enabled quantum leaps in mankind behavior and lifestyle, our era is inarguably defined by silicon and silicon-based technologies. Indeed, the king of materials has profoundly revolutionized the way we communicate, collect and transfer information, use and preserve natural resources, and interact with our local and global environments. For instance, none of the digital wonders we enjoy today from internet searches to wireless communications would be possible without the mastery of silicon integrated circuits and computer chips. Even after decades of extensive research, silicon is still the modern innovation powerhouse and its terrain is still fertile with a lot to offer and we are perhaps far from unlocking all its secrets. Within this broad context, this lecture will outline the physics and engineering concepts behind current and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, quantum information, and carbon-free energy conversion. The lecture will also reflect on the outstanding scientific challenges in mainstream and emerging silicon-compatible materials and devices and discuss potential solutions for current and future opportunities.
**Refreshments will be served in room ARC 233 at 3:30 p.m. (before talk)