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A Tunneling Microscope Perspective on Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics

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When May 02, 2012
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where ENGR. IV Bldg., Maxwell Room 57-124
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Kevin Kelly

Rice University




This talk will highlight our lab's research on imaging, manipulation, and spectroscopy in order to gain nanoscale physical and chemical insight on a wide-range of materials including graphene, organic semiconductors, and macroscale-inspired molecular machines.  To obtain greater knowledge regarding the unique and useful properties of these systems, we apply intuitive hardware and software tricks during the acquisition and analysis of the data. Examples will include the coupling of microwaves in the STM junction to measure atomic-scale complex impedance and the use of morphological operators to automatically obtain ensemble information from a collection of individual images. Lastly, I will briefly address how our work in compressive imaging microscopy will further our understanding of these nanomaterials.



Kevin Kelly is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University.  He received a B.S. in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University in 1999.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Materials Research in Sendai, Japan and in the chemistry department at Penn State University.  His lab is currently focused on imaging and spectroscopy at the nanoscale along with understanding the role of mathematics in image acquisition and interpretation.  In addition to being a fellow of the Rice Quantum Institute, he is an active member of the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment Center at Princeton University and the fledgling Center for Imaging Research at UCLA, and co-founder of Inview Technology Corporation. In the past, he was a frequent guest lecturer for the anthropology course “Nanotechnology: Content and Context” as well as creator of a course on technological disasters taught in the history department since 2009.

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