Frank Streller Receives 2014 IEEE Nano Conference Best Student Paper Award

Frank Streller, doctoral student in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), is the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Nanotechnology held in Toronto.

His paper, Development and Assessment of Next-Generation Nanoelectromechanical Switch Contact Materials, summarizes his efforts to screen and evaluate novel contact materials for nanoelectromechanical (NEM) contact switches to ultimately enable the commercialization of this "beyond CMOS technology." It also focuses on his work on platinum silicide as NEM switch contact material and introduces an atomic force microscopy-based method to effectively interrogate NEM switch contact material candidates. Co-authors of the paper are Robert Carpick, John Henry Towne Professor and Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and Graham Wabiszewski, lecturer in MEAM.

The 2014 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology was held August 18 to 21. National and international cosponsors of the conference included University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Angstrom Engineering, University of Toronto, Carleton University, Guelph University, CSA Group, Gap Wireless, Aixtron, CMC Microsystems and the National Science Foundation. 

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