5th Berkeley Symposium and Steep Transistors Workshop

(May 2, 2017) –   The organizing committee of the 5th Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems announced this year's event will also include the Steep Transistors Workshop. This joint event will be held October 19-20 at the UC Berkeley campus and will bring together researchers from around the world working on breakthroughs in next generation information processing systems. More information about the upcoming event including preliminary program, registration, and abstract submission will follow shortly.

Cherry Award for Center Director Yablonovitch

(April 2, 2017) –   The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science congratulates Center Director, Professor Eli Yablonovitch, for receiving the William R. Cherry Award for Solar Cell Research from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In its announcement the award committee recognized the many contributions of Professor Yablonovitch to solar cell device physics and technology; in particular, “contributions in research, engineering and entrepreneurship to realize photovoltaic technologies capturing the “ins and outs” of photons and application of these technologies in silicon and III-V solar cells.”

The Cherry Award for Solar Cell Research is awarded annually in honor of William R. Cherry. In the 1950’s, Cherry was a founder of the photovoltaic community and was instrumental in establishing solar cells as the ideal power source for space satellites. In addition, he advocated the use of photovoltaic systems for terrestrial applications.

Multiple Honors for E3S Theme Leader, Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu

(March 1, 2017) –   The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science is proud to announce Prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu has been named a newly elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. King Liu, who leads the E3S Nanomechanics theme was elected this year as one of only three members from UC Berkeley to this highest professional honor to an engineer.

Last year in August, Prof. King Liu has also been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors at Intel Corporation. She was welcomed by Intel Chairman Andy Bryant: “[Prof. King Liu] brings a wealth of expertise in silicon technology and innovation that will be valuable for Intel in many areas as we navigate a significant business transition while continuing to lead in advancing Moore’s Law and harnessing its economic value.”

In addition to this distinguished honor by Intel, last year the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced Prof. King Liu has been selected to receive the 2016 SRC Aristotle Award. This esteemed award was created by the SRC Board of Directors in March 1995 with the intent "to acknowledge outstanding teaching in its broadest sense, emphasizing student advising and teaching."

Heartiest congratulations from the entire E3S community to Prof. King Liu for these prestigious honors!

World's Smallest Transistor

(October 31, 2016) – The smallest transistor ever fabricated has been announced by a team of researchers led by Center for E3S investigator and UC Berkeley professor, Ali Javey. In a paper published in Science the team demonstrated an electrical switch with a record-low 1-nanometer gate; far below the 5-nanometer limit that can theoretically be achieved by conventional semiconductors.

The research team, which also includes E3S Deputy Director, Prof. Jeffrey Bokor (UC Berkeley) and E3S investigator Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong (Stanford) circumvented the 5-nanometer limit through a new generation of electronic materials. Carbon nanotubes were used as the gate material, whereas atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) sheets replaced conventional silicon as semiconductor. Once combined into a device, the electronic properties indeed confirmed that the world’s smallest transistor acts as an electronic switch, controlling the flow of electrons.

While Prof. Javey pointed out that this successful demonstration is only “a proof of concept” and more work needs to be done before these transistors become interesting for practical applications, he also emphasized this work showed that “Moore's Law can continue a while longer by proper engineering of the semiconductor material and device architecture.”

For more information, please go to the Berkeley Lab press release.

TTE Research Interns Committment to Excellence at Peer-reviewed Conferences

(October 22, 2016) – The Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Program encourages its community college researchers to further their passion for research and present at peer-reviewed conferences. This year, we would like to congratulate eight alumni from the 2016 TTE Cohort who presented at the fall 2016 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Jimi Cao (Pasadena City College), Michael Fernandez (East Los Angeles College), Karen Ho (Pasadena City College), Alex Kern (Consumes River College), Celia Kitchell (City College of San Francisco), Huy Voung (Pasadena City College), Jordan Wilson (Diablo Valley College), Andy Zhang (College of San Mateo) presented the research they did at the TTE program at the 2016 SACNAS in Long Beach, CA.

On the behalf of the E3S community, we thank and congratulate you for all of your hard work and accomplishments!

E3S Further Expands Summer Research Opportunities

(June 17, 2016) –   The successes of E3S research internship programs as pathway programs to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists lie, in part, in the understanding of the need for follow-on engagement with undergraduate program alumni. The research experiences for undergraduates (REU) programs that are organized by E3S have provided both formal and informal follow-on engagement; the formal mainly in the form of travel grants for program alumni to present their research outcomes at professional conferences. New in 2016, E3S has awarded two research interns from the 2015 programs their second REU opportunity as i-ETERNs at the Laboratoire d'électronique des technologies de l'information of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Leti) in Grenoble, France. Enabled by a new NSF supplemental award to E3S, the i-ETERNs engaged in 9 weeks of research at CEA-Leti are:

Imani-Kai Horton, an Electrical Engineering major at Hampton University and a 2015 UCB-HBCU Scholar, is hosted by Dr. Gaël Pillonnet, Research Scientist.

Donato Kava, an Electrical Engineering major at University of Texas at El Paso and a 2015 E3S REU intern, is hosted by Dr. Louis Hutin, Research Engineer.

Dr. Louis Hutin, also an E3S alumnus, has been instrumental in expanding the partnership between E3S and CEA-Leti. He shared, “We are delighted that two undergraduates supported by E3S are research interns at CEA-Leti this summer. International research experiences can contribute not only to the building of the students’ research capacity, but knowing how to collaborate with others from different countries will help develop the scientists and engineers needed for the global economy. I speak from personal experience having had the opportunity to develop a professional network not only in France, but also in the US that has been enabled by my postdoctoral research experience at UC Berkeley.”

The i-ETERN Program is part of a large portfolio of programs in support of undergraduate education that E3S has organized for Summer 2016. The Center is welcoming 26 visiting undergraduates and 5 community college professors who have arrived at two of its member institutions to begin their internships / fellowships.

The E3S Research Experiences for Undergraduates (E3S REU) Program for upper-division undergraduates is welcoming 11 interns to UC Berkeley and MIT. Hosting of 3 undergraduates by E3S faculty at MIT has been enabled by the continuing partnership with the MIT Summer Research Program which has been an E3S programmatic partner since 2012.

Managed concurrently with the E3S REU Program is the UC Berkeley (UCB) HBCU Program which is sponsored by the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). In 2016, four undergraduates from four different Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are joining the E3S REU interns for 9 weeks of hands-on independent research at UC Berkeley.
-  Learn more about 2016 cohorts of the E3S REU and UCB-HBCU Programs.

Educating community college students continues to be a key focus of E3S. Founded in 2011, the Transfer to Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU) Program has hosted 71 students from 38 California community colleges, including the 2016 cohort of 11 students from 9 community colleges.
-  Learn more about 2016 cohort of the TTE REU Program.

E3S also supports community college education through its programs for community college faculty. Funded by NSF through a Site award to Prof. E. Yablonovitch, E3S Center Director, the UC Berkeley Context-Based Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program is hosting 5 faculty members from San Francisco Bay Area community colleges at UC Berkeley for 9 weeks. Community college faculty members have also received support to develop new teaching materials. In addition, the Center is hosting an assistant professor from Los Angeles Trade Technical College who is in residence at UC Berkeley for 6 weeks to develop new teaching materials for physics and engineering courses. The 6 community college faculty members are also receiving pedagogical support from the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of their fellowship at UC Berkeley.


E3S Promotes Collaborations among Member Institutions

(June 15, 2016) –   In support of the multi-institutional mission of the Center, the E3S Executive Committee announced a new program for post-doctoral scholars to further promote collaborations among the five member institutions, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, UTEP and FIU. Funding for four new inter-institutional postdoctoral research positions, one position for each of the four research themes (nanoelectronics, nanomechanics, nanophotonics, and nanomagnetics) has been authorized. E3S has initiated the recruitment of four new postdoctoral scholars who will spend time at different member institutions of the Center, working on theme-spanning research projects.  -  Learn more about the job postings.

The new postdoctoral program augments the existing E3S Rotation Program that provides financial support for graduate students and postdocs, who are already working on an E3S project at his/her home institution, to spend several months as visiting researchers at another institution of the Center. This summer, the Rotation Program is supporting Dr. Ali Hadjikhani, Postdoctoral Fellow in the research group of Professor Sakhrat Khizroev at FIU, and Aldo Vidaña, Graduate student of the research group of Professor David Zubia at UTEP, to be visiting researchers in residence at UC Berkeley for 9 weeks.



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