Outreach and Mentoring
Principles of Device Microfabrication (Graduate, Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Columbia University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The course covers the science and technology of conventional and advanced micro- and nanofabrication techniques for electronics, integrated, and discrete components. Topics include diffusion, ion implantation, thin-film growth, optical and advanced lithography, and plasma and wet etching. The course is intended to provide a general introduction to semiconductor processing technology, but also expose students to the broad range of applications this technology has been adapted for in the biomedical, energy, and photonics industries. The course is primarily descriptive, but includes enough quantitative aspects to provide the students some understanding for the practical aspects.
Microfluidic Devices in Biotechnology (Graduate and Undergraduate, Fall 2016, 2017)
City College of New York, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The course covers the fundamentals of modern microfluidic devices with applications to biomedical measurements, e.g., electrophoretic systems, flow cytometers, and immunoassays. The course provides a review of the fundamental properties of microfluidic systems including the effects of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and electromagnetic phenomena on biological systems. Students are given theoretical and hands on training on photolithography, chemical and plasma etching, chemical and vapor deposition, micromolding, and surface bonding; as well as an introduction to microfluidic design, including microflows, actuation and valving. Students carry out hands on projects in the ASRC NanoFabrication Facility, fabricating their own microfluidic devices.
Laboratory Techniques for Research in Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry (Graduate, Spring 2016, 2017)
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Chemistry and Physics Departments
The course covers a broad range of research areas within nanotechnology, including survey lectures on biomolecular nanotechnology, organic chemistry for nanotechnology, nanophotonics, semiconductor processing and more. Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and many top-down nanofabrication techniques, which includes hands on training on several pieces of equipment. The course culminates with group projects where students perform fabrication and/or characterization of devices or materials, utilizing the ASRC’s many core facilities. Their work is then presented as a final project.