Research Centers Housed Within the
Western Institute of Nanoelectronics Department at UCLA:
WIN: The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN), a National Institute of Excellence, was initiated in 2006 to build on the best interdisciplinary talents in the field of nanoelectronics in the world. WIN’s mission was to explore and develop advanced research devices, circuits and nanosystems with performance beyond conventional scaled CMOS. The WIN Center was created to address major challenges associated with continued scaling with low power dissipation, high functional throughput, and the achievement of robustness with fault tolerance in nanosystems. The WIN Center took the lead in addressing power dissipation, by examining alternate state variables other than the use of electron charge. In particular, its interest and focus on spin was cutting edge in terms of understanding device performance, device-device interactions and benchmarking performance to more conventional devices such as CMOS.
KACST CA Center of Excellence: The KACST Center of Excellence was established in 2009, with funding for 3 years (Phase One) to establish the foundation for collaborative research with the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology related to nanostructures for high efficiency solar cells, patterned nanostructures for integrated active optoelectronics on silicon, carbon nanotube circuits. This innovative research partnership lead to the formation of the continued and expanded endeavors of the Center of Excellence in Green Nanotechnologies (CEGN), which focuses on current energy issues and solutions for modern applications.
CEGN: Created in 2013, the Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies at KACST & UCLA (CEGN) undertakes frontier research and development in the areas of nanotechnology in energy and nanoelectronics. CEGN tackles major issues of scaling, energy efficiency, energy generation, and energy storage faced by the electronics industry. Researchers in the Center are innovating novel solutions through a number of complementary efforts that minimize power usage and cost without compromising electronic device performance. The approach is based on the integration of magnetic, carbon-based, organic, and optoelectronic materials and devices. Through its research, the CEGN Center is actively contributing to the expanding need for green and clean energy solutions.