Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems

The Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems (Nanoelectronics) program objective is to study the electronic, optical and magnetic properties of, and potential device functionalities in, nanometer scale materials and structures with a view toward building novel computing devices, circuits and architectures.

Research Concentration Areas

In order to accomplish this objective, the program is investigating:

  • Material level: synthesis, characterization and understanding of novel nanomaterials with desired functionalities is a challenging task
  • Device and circuit level: need to invent and demonstrate entirely new classes of devices and circuits that fully utilize the properties of nanomaterials
  • Architecture level: conventional von Neumann architecture is not scalable
  • Fabrication and manufacturing: as we approach sub-10nm scale, current fabrication techniques have difficulty with resolution and/or throughput

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Explore bottom-up synthesis techniques that enable atomic precision control and programmability for graphene nanostructures.
  • Exploit structure-functionality duality in graphene nanostructures to design, build and test electronic/photonic/magnetic devices and circuits.
  • Research novel architectures that are suited to, and takes advantage of, a bottom-up paradigm.
  • Integrate with conventional top-down electronics to build systems with revolutionary size, weight and power (SWaP) advantages.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Ian Appelbaum

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 312

Email for Questions:

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

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