Michael Fancher, M.A., CPA
- Economic outreach and business development supporting CNSE’s and UAlbany’s global educational, scientific, community and economic growth objectives
- Project development financing and statutory authorization for industrial and university research, various public and private projects and regional innovation plans
- Strategic business plan development including technology road mapping, outreach strategies and commercialization pathways.
- Development of alternative technology partnership models and risk mitigation strategies for corporate and academic decision-making processes.
Project Development Achievements
- Secured targeted and peer reviewed awards for centers, consortia, programs, projects, and initiatives through industry, university and government partnerships.
- Implemented highly integrated statewide effort to attract advanced nanoelectronics R&D and manufacturing to state resulting in site selection by leading manufacturers.
- Negotiated state economic development, higher education, transportation, housing, state procurement, regulatory reform, energy and environmental programs.
- Designed economic development programs to assist strategic industries, strengthen regional infrastructure, and accelerate technology commercialization.
Gregory Denbeaux Ph. D.
Project Manager Vacuum Systems & TGMS Data Analytics Test-beds, Associate Professor of Nanoscience
Denbeaux’s research on magnetic materials focuses on nanometer-scale magnetism and magnetic recording. The magnetic storage density on commercial hard disk drives has been dropping by nearly a factor of two each year. This has led to magnetic features on the magnetic media approaching the grain size in the magnetic layer. Denbeaux’s research is to study the interactions between the grains and the magnetic properties. The magnetic studies are done using an x-ray microscope and a contrast mechanism known as x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. This technique provides image resolution below 20 nm coupled with the ability to apply magnetic fields during imaging and the ability to directly determine the magnetization within each layer of a multilayer material.
Eric Eisenbraun Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Nanoscience
The second area is advanced interconnects. This includes developing refractory metal-based barrier/adhesion layers such as TiSiN and HfN for copper metallization, and researching how these layers can be integrated with cutting edge porous low-k dielectric interlayer dielectric materials. The third area involves the development processes for the growth of refractory metal-based materials such as TaN and SiCN for use as corrosion resistant and wear-resistant coatings. These have a broad range of particular applications. The fourth area is researching very novel materials for very advanced interconnect and device applications. This includes working jointly with other researchers to develop bioengineered protein-based molecular systems for use as nanoscale interconnect and device applications.
Attorney and Assistant Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Developed and coordinated strategic consortia, center, and program activities that have resulted in more than $500 million of public and private investments through industry, university and government partnerships in diverse technology areas that include: semiconductor, photovoltaic, power electronics and silicon photonics.
Assistant Vice President for Module Engineering
Robert Geer, Ph.D.
Professor of Nanoscale Science
Complemented by nanoscale structural and electrical characterization techniques, the nanomechanical metrology development activities are opening new areas of quantitative mechanical analysis of nanomaterials. Strongly complementing these efforts are recent investigations into near-field scanning optical spectroscopy for strain metrology of nanoelectronic devices. This research utilizes surface plasmon resonances of illuminated, metallized nano-tip structures to produce a nanoscale evanescent optical probe capable of generating optical excitation (fluorescence, Raman scattering) from a nanoscale region of a sample of interest. This approach is currently being used to investigate strain in Si-based structures.
A second area of interest concerns investigations of self-assembling, DNA-based molecular wires and devices for next generation integrated circuits. This research focuses on manipulating the self-assembly of beta-sheet proteins to form nanoscale conductive structures suitable for molecular electronic applications. Dip-pen nanolithography is currently being applied to these materials to controllably deposit test structures suitable for electrical and structural characterization for prototypical molecular-electronic device architectures.
Lastly, Professor Geer’s group is very active in nanomechanical processing for planarization in IC fabrication, so-called chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP). New CMP protocol development is undertaken with commercial CMP materials suppliers to support standard and novel planarization processing for a variety of CNSE nanoelectronics programs including 3D electronics. Professor Geer’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the Office of Naval Research, the New York State Office of Academic Research and Technology, the Dow Chemical Company, the Dow-Corning Corporation, W. L. Gore, Inc., the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Raytheon Vision Systems, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO).
Pilar Sosa Idelchik, MD.
AMP Project Manager
Pilar joined the Brenner team in August 2014, during her final year of medical training. Her research focuses on nanotechnology in medicine and healthcare, assessing occupational exposure and nanotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) used in the semiconductor industry. Her focus is on the implementation of newer, faster and less expensive methods, such as hyperspectral imaging, to assess occupational exposure to ENMs that could have health related effects, in an effort to improve preventive medicine in the nanotechnology industry. Pilar is also an active participant in educational outreach events that focus on the applications of nanotechnology in modern medicine.
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce and Data Platform Coordinator