New Jersey Institute of Technology Professor Researches Way to Improve Electronic Circuits

NEWARK, October 2-- Developing longer-lasting and more reliable electronics circuits -- ones used in computers, wireless communication and video games -- is the research aim of Durga Misra, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Device and Materials Characterization Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Misra, of Basking Ridge, studies damage that occurs in nanometer-scale silicon, and silicon-germanium electronic devices. Damage occurs either when the devices are manufactured or in use. His goal is to understand how the damage occurs during semiconductor nano-device fabrication. By applying electrical pulses at very low temperatures, he can investigate the degradation in nano-devices.

In one study, Misra and his team incorporated deuterium ions, placing them inside the Metal Oxide Semiconductor transistor, where the semiconductor and the insulator meet. They found that the deuterium ions enhanced the reliability of the transistor a finding that can lead to more reliable and durable electronics circuits.

In his lab, Misra manipulates the movement of the deuterium ions so they merge at the interface of the silicon and silicon dioxide; this combination eliminates the defects caused during the manufacture of the chips. His technique is applied during the formation of silicon nano-crystals.

Misra received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct an extensive study on his findings.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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