Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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In our work on hybrid (organic-inorganic) electronic materials (HEMs), we have developed a reasonably facile method for characterizing GUMBOS or a Group of Uniform Materials Based on Organic Salts. In addition to the versatility of traditional ionic liquids (i.e.-solubility, melting point, viscosity), NanoGUMBOS are functionalizable to exhibit properties such as fluorescence, magnetic susceptibility, and even antimicrobial activity. However, given our interest in the electrical properties of HEMs, we have made first-time measurements of NanoGUMBOS, using conductive probe Atomic Force Microscopy (CP-AFM), in order to deduce their room temperature current-voltage characteristics. In conjunction with the nanoscale imaging of AFM alone, we have observed both the morphology and conductivity of these unique materials. Our results bode well for combining GUMBOS with substrates of more traditional materials, such as metals or semiconductors, to serve as the basis for future HEMs-based devices. We have also determined the optical characteristics of NanoGUMBOS using Raman Spectroscopy (RS). The Raman signatures can be used for detection of a nanoparticle and modeling the electron-phonon interaction inside the nanoparticle.



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Daniels-Race, Theda