Nanotechnology, the study of novel materials, devices and phenomena at the sub-100-nm scales, offers great opportunities for innovations in engineering and science. At such length scales, conventional theories in electrical engineering face challenges not only from device size reduction, but also from quantum mechanics confinement, interfacial phenomena in nano-devices, and emerging properties of nanomaterials.
The ECE Department at UCR features a diverse group of faculty that conducts innovative research in Nanoscale Materials, Devices, and Circuits. Nanoscale materials studied in this department are plentiful, including (but not limited to) low-dimensional materials, functional oxides, DNA-based nanostructures, functional interfacial materials, and artificial optical materials. A broad range of electric, magnetic and optical nano-devices and circuits are studied, covering both leading-edge theories and experiments.