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  • Renewable Energy
    Impacts on Climate Change
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    Advancing Lithium Ion Battery Technology
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    RIT's Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory
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    Brain Power
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    Exploring a Plasmonic Alternative
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    Photonics Light The Way of Microprocessors
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    MOVPE Equipment Changes Everything in Semiconductor Processing
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    Satish Kandlikar: Reduced in Heat in Electronic Devices
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    Implantable Micro-Device Research Could Lead To New Therapies To Treat Hearing Loss
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    Research by RIT Professor Points to Improvements in Tissue Engineering
  • Truly Unique
    Micro-Device Research

Microsystems Engineering builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science and tackles technical challenges of small-scale nano-systems. Microsystems Engineers manipulate electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological systems on a nano-scale.

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Testimonials

  • Peng Xie - PhD Graduate
    I found my Microsystems experience prepared me well for the challenges of industry. During my Ph.D. program, I had taken a 1-year internship at IMEC as well as a 4 months internship at GlobalFoundries. These experiences helped me to better understand the workspace, expand my professional network and get a pulse of where the industry is heading. With my solid preparation at RIT, I am confident that I am ready to take on any challenges in the future.
  • Monica Kempsell Sears - PhD Graduate
    I’ve always wanted to be one of the people who figures out how to push this field further and further—and now I am.
  • Cory Cress - PhD Graduate
    During my time at RIT, I performed research in the NanoPower Research Labs. It was here that I learned how to create nanomaterials and devices. I learned how to understand them, and test their performance. Now, I use these skills at the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. My work here has a massive impact on how electronics are created.
  • Burak Baylav - PhD Graduate
    I had access to the latest technology, tools and data. It was a dream come true and I was able to use this relationship for my Ph.D. research.”
  • Anand Gopalan - PhD Graduate
    “While working toward my PhD in Microsystems at RIT, I was exposed to cutting edge technology with the opportunity to be part of industry supported research.”

Research

  • The Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics Group focuses on developing highly efficient III-V and III-Nitride semiconductors for photonic, optoelectronic, and electronic devices. High-efficiency III-V and III-Nitride semiconductor based photonic and optoelectronic devices such as lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are considered as promising candidates for next generation communication and illumination system.  The research group is...

  • Investigating and modelling the mechanical properties of materials is important for many applications. The most common technique used for mechanical characterization of materials is called nanoindentation. The currently available tools utilized in order to perform nanoindentation have their limitations in terms of sensitivities of force and displacement or limitations due to the hardware for a broad range of material properties. When it comes...


  • Effective manipulation of fluids at the micro/nanometer scale is of great interest in fluid dynamics, biological processes, and material synthesis. Microfluidics together with nanofabrication provides a fine control of fluid transport and interfacial dynamics, and therefore offers a wealth of ways to harness the processes of multiphase flow at the microscale. Our group takes microfluidics and nanofabrication as the main technical...

  • The group’s research activities focus on enhancing the performance of energy conversion, transmission, and storage devices through the use of nanomaterials.  Current interests include the development of high capacity anode and cathode active materials for lithium ion batteries as well as engineering novel device architectures using carbon nanotubes (CNTs).  A second research area focuses on fabricating and improving the electrical...

  • The research and fabrication of nanomaterials promises to revolutionize a number of industries and scientific fields, particularly biomedical devices and stem cell engineering. A major barrier to significant adoption and incorporation of novel nanomaterials is the need to produce these materials in high volume and at low-cost. We research the fabrication of ultrathin nanomembranes and the methods to produce these materials more simply, while...