The Vogel research group pursues broad-based, cross-disciplinary research that spans the development and fundamental understanding of electronic materials, devices, and circuits.
Historically, integrated electronics has focused primarily on scaling the dimension of silicon-based devices. Until recently, very little has changed in the materials and design of these silicon devices. Alternative materials and device structures are now required to continue device scaling. Furthermore, as silicon technology approaches its limits, entirely new materials (e.g. graphene) and computational paradigms (e.g. neuro-inspired) will be critical to continuing the acceleration of the rate of technical change. Although increasing computational speed will likely continue for the foreseeable future, new paradigms are becoming as or more important. The concept of functional electronic materials where new functionality (e.g. chemical or biological sensing) is performed on a silicon platform is an increasingly important paradigm. One theme that pervades these seemingly disparate emerging technologies is that the electronic properties of the devices are extremely sensitive to the structural and physical properties of their constituent materials. Our group pursues broad-based, cross-disciplinary research that spans the development and fundamental understanding of electronic materials and devices.