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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Terahertz light is light in-between the microwave and mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Only over the last decade did terahertz technology mature to the point where we can know think about deploying this part of the electromagnetic spectrum for measurement and control purposes in industry. The Terahertz Materials Characterization Laboratory at RIT develops terahertz based material characterization techniques relevant to the...

  • 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...

  • The Nanophotonics Group is developing silicon photonic chips that will revolutionize computing, communication, and sensing systems. Silicon enabled the electronics age with its good electrical properties, high purity, and scalable manufacturability. However, all electronic devices face imposing performance and energy challenges due to the fundamental limits of electrons. In contrast, photons propagate at the speed of light, can carry vast...

  • The research activities in the Thin Film Electronics group are focused on inorganic thin-film electronics on both silicon and non-silicon platforms.  Research on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) is exploring an alternative method of crystallization using a flash-lamp annealing (FLA) process.  The instrument uses Xenon flash-lamps with an extremely high irradiance to expose samples with pulses in the microsecond timescale, and...

  • The group’s research is centered around fluorescence spectroscopy of 21st century materials. These materials include conjugated polymers and carbon nanotubes for use in polymer photovoltaics, as well as biological probes. Using fluorescence, we can characterize new materials, study energy transfer and measure excited state kinetics. Through collaborations with RIT's nanopower Research Laboratory we also have access to nanoimaging techniques...