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  Prof Stefan Preble  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The multidisciplinary doctorate degree in microsystems engineering builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. These include the manipulation of electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological functionality to process, sense, and interface with the world at a nanometer scale. This nanotechnology Ph.D. program provides a foundation to explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies and their integration into micro- and nano-scaled systems.

The microsystems engineering doctorate includes the following areas of exploration:

Next-generation nanoelectronics include:

  • development of new techniques, processes, and architectures for nanoelectronic and nano-optoelectronic devices
  • exploration into new materials research including thin-film electronics, III-V materials, 2D materials, carbon nanotubes, and spintronics
  • Scaled micro- and nano-electronics for integration into biomedical systems

 Photonics and Optoelectronics Research including:

  • Photonic Integrated Circuits for computing, communications, and sensing.
  • Light emitters (Lasers, LEDs/micro-LEDs)
  • Research in biosensing, imaging and detection
  • Quantum optics and photonics

 Photovoltaic research in compound semiconductors (III-V), and organic solar cells

  • Neuromorphic devices and circuits for machine learning, and the use of artificial intelligence to design nanomaterials and microsystems
  • Nanomaterials research including nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes, quantum dots, self-assembly materials, and their applications in electronics, optics, and materials science
  • MEMS(micro-electro-mechanical systems), MEOMS (micro-electro-optical-mechanical systems), and NEMS (nano-electro-mechanical systems) device, processing, and materials research for smart sensors, actuators, biochips, and micro-implantable appliances
  • Microfluidics research on the behavior, control, and manipulation of fluids at the micro-scale

Renowned, multidisciplinary faculty from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and College of Science who share resources and expertise over a wide variety of micro- and nano-scale technologies.

Unique state-of-the-art research laboratories–including a semiconductor and microsystems fabrication clean-room (RIT Nano Fab)–constitute part of the research facilities, providing students access to the most advanced micro- and nano-electronic processing capabilities.

Explore applications of microsystems and nanotechnology through close collaboration with industry and government laboratories.

Graduates have discovered exciting opportunities in new technology frontiers


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