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Past IEEE SoCal Nanotechnology Council Chapter Seminar

Date: November 15, 2019

Location: TowerJazz Semiconductor Newport Beach CA

Event: Semiconductor Fabrication Foundry Tour

The group of 16 mainly consisted of students currently taking a VLSI Circuit Design or Nanotechnology course who were interested in the fabrication process of semiconductor devices.

Upon arrival, the students were greeted by Cal Poly Pomona adjunct professor and TowerJazz engineer senior Michael Jue, who kindly helped arrange the tour for the students. Before the tour, the students were given a technical speech by Victer Chan who is also a TowerJazz engineer. The talk detailed what types of semiconductor technologies were currently dominating the market and also how TowerJazz contributes to specific processes and their corresponding applications. Mr. Chan discussed how as communication systems become faster and more advance, the technology used to implement chips must adapt as well.

After the presentation, the students then split into two groups and received a window tour of the foundry. The tour went in depth about each step of the semiconductor manufacturing process. VLSI students were able to easily point out steps that were covered in their lecture, the most identifiable being photolithography. Because this step in the manufacturing process is quite sensitive, the photolithography room only uses a special shade of yellow light with a wavelength that won’t interfere with the devices. The whole foundry must operate in a clean room as to minimize any potential source of contamination. Students were introduced to the rigorous requirements of keeping a cleanroom, and how every employee must “suit-up” before entering the foundry.

After the tour, students were introduced to the TowerJazz human resource department, where they were encouraged to apply for an internship or full-time position upon graduation.


Date: April 18, 2019              Time: 6:30PM Networking and Pizza; 7PM Presentation

Location: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Building 9 Room 409

Topic: Smart Optical Materials by Nanoscale Assembly

Speaker: Dr. Yadong Yin, Professor of Chemistry, University of California Riverside

Smart materials hold great promises for many intrigue applications as they exhibit chemical and physical responses to the applied external stimuli. This presentation will focus on nanostructured materials with responsive optical properties that can find applications in printing, sensing, signage, security documents, and displays. We will discuss our recent progress on the development of chemical and assembly approaches for the fabrication of various nanostructured materials whose optical properties can be dynamically tuned by controlling the spatial arrangement of the nanoscale building blocks. We show that many novel optical materials could be developed by manipulating the diffraction, refraction, birefringence, and electronic resonances through controlling the interaction between light and the nanostructures.

Prof. Yadong Yin received his B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1998) in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Washington, Seattle (with Prof. Younan Xia). In 2003 he became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos, and then a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2005. He joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside as an Assistant Professor in 2006, and then he was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. His recent recognitions include Cottrell Scholar Award (2009), DuPont Young Professor Grant (2010), 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant (2010), NSF CAREER award (2010), and NML Researcher Award (2016). He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, and also serves on the editorial board for NPG Asia Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, SCIENCE CHINA Materials, ChemNanoMat, Research, and Chem. Rev.

All Students & the Public Are Welcome. This event is FREE.

Please RSVP to ensure enough food is ordered at: IEEE vTools

Driving Directions at: Drive to CPP

Parking Directions: We reserved parking passes at the campus parking booth near the parking structure near the campus police department. Use these coordinates 34.060584, -117.815547 in Bing or Google Maps to help you navigate to our campus. At the parking booth you can ask for directions to building 9 and where the pass is valid but the 4-story structure nearby is where they will normally have you park.

The map linked above is in general good except that the Visitors Information Booth is no longer located close to parking lot C, but is now located at F9.

Date: January 30, 2019        

Topic: Nano-Photonics, Plasmonics, and the Memristor

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Speaker: Dr. Wei Wu, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

Abstract: Dr. Wu presented on recent progress in three areas of nanotechnology: nano-photonics, plasmonics. In nanophotonics, he described an optical metasurface for color-reflective displays. In plasmonics, he presented a new technology based on collapsible nanofingers to fabricate plasmonics structures with atomic precision, over large areas with high reliability and repeatability. Based on this technology, he studied quantum tunneling in gap plasmons and demonstrated label-free single molecule sensing with SERS.

Bio: Dr.Wu received with a BS in Physics from Peking University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2003. Before joining USC in 2012 he worked as Senior Scientist at HP labs. His work includes nanoimprint lithography and applications in nano-electronics, nano-photonics, plasmonics, chemical sensing and nano-electrochemical cells. He coauthored 101 peer reviewed journal papers, 2 book chapters and more than 100 conference presentations, including 16 keynote and invited presentations. He has 115 issued U.S. patents. He is the chair of Nanofabrication track, IEEE Nanotechnology Council. He is a co-editor of Applied Physics and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. He was also an IEEE Nanotechnology Council 2015 and 2016 Distinguished Lecturer.

Location: Cal State University Fullerton, Building TSU. Room HETEBRINK-AB



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