Eric Pop (SIMES Friday Seminar)

Date(s) - Nov 1 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Shasta Room, Bldg. 40, Room 361


Energy in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials

Eric Pop
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Abstract: Energy use and conversion are important for the design of low-power electronics and energy-conversion systems. This is also a rich domain for both fundamental discoveries as well as technological advances. This talk will present recent highlights from our studies at the intersection of energy, nanomaterials, and nanoelectronics. We have investigated thermoelectric effects in graphene transistors and carbon nanotube composites, for both low-power electronics and energy harvesting. We have also examined energy-efficient data storage based on phase change (rather than charge or spin), achieving operation at femtojoules per bit, two orders of magnitude below industry state-of-the-art. The results suggest new directions to improve energy efficiency towards fundamental limits, through the design of geometry and materials.

Bio: Eric Pop is a new Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE) at Stanford. He was previously with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), first as an Assistant then as an Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2007-13). His research spans energy conversion systems, nanomaterials, and nanoelectronics. He received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford (2005), the M.Eng./B.S. in EE and B.S. in Physics from MIT. He was a postdoc at Stanford and worked at Intel before joining UIUC. His honors include the Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award, and Young Investigator Awards from the ONR, NSF, AFOSR and DARPA (2008-2010). He is an IEEE Senior member, a member of APS and MRS, and the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE Device Research Conference (DRC). More information about the Pop Lab can be found online at