Deji Akinwande

University of Texas at Austin

Deji Akinwande

2D emerging and wearable devices beyond transistors

This talk will focus on emerging areas based on atomic materials, notably, electronic tattoo sensors and non-volatile phenomena. We present research and development of graphene tattoos which represent the thinnest most intimate sensor that can be mounted on the skin, will be highlighted. Results show performance superior to contemporary dry tattoo sensors and comparable to gel sensors, which are known to be generally of limited utility. Graphene tattoos can measure a variety of physiological signals and represent the first entry of 2D materials in the skin wearable space with further inroads expected with other 2D materials that can provide additional functionality. The latter part of the talk will focus on non-volatile phenomena in the monolayer limit of layered materials and provide perspective on future scientific explorations and application development. Finally, commercialization of 2D concepts will be highlighted.

Dr. Deji Akinwande received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009, where he conducted research on the synthesis, device physics, and circuit applications of carbon nanotubes and graphene. He is the David & Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Akinwande has been honored with the 2016 Presidential PECASE award, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, several DoD Young Investigator awards, the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, and was a past recipient of fellowships from the Kilby/TI, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Stanford DARE Initiative. His recent results on silicene have been featured by nature news, Time magazine and was selected among the top 2015 science stories by Discover magazine. His work on flexible 2D electronics was highlighted among the "best of 2012" by the nanotechweb news portal and has been featured on MIT's technology review and other technical media outlets. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society and an Editor for the IEEE Electron Device Letters and Nature NPJ 2D Materials and Applications. He co-authored a textbook on carbon nanotubes and graphene device physics by Cambridge University Press, 2011, and was recently a finalist for the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching award from the University of Texas System.