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July 1, 2005

Han Receives NSF Grant For Microelectronics Research

Ray Han, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, and five other co-investigators have received a one-year, $99,483 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for carbon nanotube research useful in microelectronics.

The research involves harnessing the spin-stabilization motion of a multi-walled carbon nanotube for use in memory cell operation. The goal is to help develop molecular-sized memory cells as alternatives to conventional silicon-based chips for use in microelectronic devices. If successful, such memory cells would have far-reaching effects on the economy and national security.

Han, who came to the University of Iowa in 1996 and earned his doctorate in engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1986, has research interests in engineering design and computational and theoretical mechanics. Among his various positions, he sits on the editorial boards of four international journals.

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