Mar. 02, 2020 Seminar at 15:00, VE102
Prof. Dr. Damien Thompson: Predictive Materials Modelling from Atoms to Devices
Silicon electronics uses binary on/off logic but engineering of robust higher-order states could maintain Moore’s Law’s projection of ever-improving processing speed and memory, without the need for further miniaturisation. In this talk I will describe recent efforts to obtain unprecedented Ångstrom level control over ion dynamics in metal-organic complexes, in order to realise materials that can provide the required disruptive improvements in device performance and stability, by using ternary logic in place of conventional binary logic. Such non-binary materials are urgently needed for emerging applications in the internet of things (IoT), digital communications and artificial intelligence (AI).
Damien Thompson leads a group of ten PhD and postdoctoral researchers in predictive materials modelling at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. He obtained his PhD in computational chemistry at University of Limerick in 2003, spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics at Ecole Polytechnique France and then worked for eight years as a PI in the Electronics Theory Group at Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork before returning to University of Limerick in 2013. He is now Associate Professor in Physics and his research interests are in the fields of molecular electronics and bio-engineering.