Electrical and computer engineering Professor Deji Akinwande, receives Office of Naval Research (ONR) funding for research focused on making computer systems that are energy-efficient and brain-like, specifically by studying a tiny component called an "atomristor." 

Atomristors are made from ultra-thin layers and can switch their resistance, which is key for processing information. The main goal is to understand the least amount of energy and the quickest time needed to change this resistance; a process influenced by single atoms. The research will combine experiments and computer modeling to explore how electrons are trapped and released in these thin layers. Success in this research could greatly improve the speed and efficiency of atomristors, benefiting advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Professor Deji Akinwande currently holds the TCockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #8 at The University of Texas at Austin, Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009. His doctoral research focused on carbon nanotubes and graphene, delving into material science, device physics, and circuit applications. Prior to this, his Master’s research at Case Western Reserve University pioneered near-field microwave probe tips for nondestructive imaging and materials studies.

Akinwande is a highly distinguished researcher, specializing in 2D materials and nanotechnology, with a notable focus on transitioning innovative devices from the lab to real-world applications. Recognized for his contributions, he became an IEEE Fellow in 2021 and was honored as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2017. His extensive list of accolades includes the 2018 Fulbright Specialist Award, 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, and the U.S. Presidential PECASE award. Noteworthy achievements span various fields, from the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award to the IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize. His groundbreaking work on silicene and 2D memory (atomristors) has gained widespread recognition, featured in prominent publications and acknowledged as top science stories. Akinwande's impactful career extends to editorial roles, distinguished lectureships, and conference chair positions, solidifying his standing as a leading figure in the field of 2D electronics.

Article originally posted by UT Austin Defense Research Advancement.