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Jena Receives 2012 Young Scientist Award

ND Staff • DATE: September 28, 2012

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Debdeep Jena, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the 2012 Young Scientist by the International Symposium for Compound Semiconductors. He was recognized “for his contributions to the understanding of transport in nitrides and two-dimensional crystals for  high-performance transistors.”

Established in 1986, the Young Scientist Award acknowledges technical achievements in the field of compound semiconductors by a scientist younger than 40 years. It is traditionally presented on the first day of the symposium, which was held August 27-30, 2012, at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in conjunction with the 24th International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials and Compound Semiconductor Week 2012.

Jena’s research focuses on the growth and properties of III-V semiconductors and their application in high-speed devices and photovoltaics (solar cells) and on the investigation and development of nanostructured semiconducting materials such as graphene, nanowires and nanocrystals, and their device applications, and in the theory of charge, heat and spin transport in nanomaterials. He and his colleagues at Notre Dame are working to develop new materials that can replace conventional semiconductors both for energy efficiency and performance as well as new applications in imaging, spectroscopy and communications for those materials.

He is the author on several journal publications, including articles in Science, Physical Review Letters, and Electron Device Letters.  He has also received the 2012 IBM Faculty Award, the 2010 Edmund P. Joyce award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the 2007 National Science Foundation’s CAREER.

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