The University at Buffalo is a leader in research and innovation for the semiconductor industry, from manufacturing technologies to application development. UB is fueling breakthroughs in advanced materials and processes.
UB collaborates locally and across the state to establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem and industry advocate that provides innovative technologies, career pathways and employment opportunities to the region.
Advancing the next generation of semiconductor research, innovation and workforce solutions
The Center focuses research efforts around clean-energy tech, such as energy-efficient microelectronics, wideband devices for electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable integrated grids as well as high-efficiency photovoltaics – advanced semiconductor solutions developed to support shifts to renewable energy. Key initiatives foster collaborative microelectronic research across campus and address technical talent needs in microelectronics and workforce advancement with microchip manufacturers.
Strategic Engagement and Workforce Development in Microelectronics: Training, Education, and Inclusivity
The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) strategically engages with microchip manufacturers, offering enhanced training and degree programs to address workforce development needs in microelectronics. Emphasizing high-skill pathways through stackable credentials and experiential learning, the Center actively enlarges the STEM employment pool by engaging underrepresented populations and K-12 students.
Advancing manufacturing agility
The SMART Center of Excellence provides opportunities for faculty, students, and industry to equipment to collaborate and expand their research efforts, utilize the facility’s labs and equipment and gain hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing and design.
Leading supercomputing facility
The Center maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in HPC, data and visualization, software development, data analytics and parallel computing. Industry partners can access advanced computing/ data resources, hardware, software and consulting, education and training services.
Accelerating the advancement of emergent materials,
processes and applications
Semiconductors are the delicate, wafer-thin microchips essential for all electronic devices. Semiconductors, electronic circuits, and microchips form the basis for new and evolving technologies. The Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) team partners with companies to accelerate the design and discovery of new materials, properties and processing strategies that impact a broad range of technological applications including advanced manufacturing. State of the art equipment, such as an atom probe to do extreme analysis, exist to support R&D.
Expert support, critical R&D funding and technologies ready for license for advanced manufacturers
From mature companies to innovative startups, Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) helps manufacturers accelerate R&D, invent new materials, develop innovative new products and find the talent to diversify their capabilities and compete globally. With the passage of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act, the Center is positioned to lead in global semiconductor materials research and development.
Following the passing of the 2022 CHIPS Act, the U.S. is poised to become a world leader in semiconductor research and production: The $280 billion investment will strengthen the nations presence in semiconductor manufacturing, fortify national supply chains, create tens of thousands of American jobs and allow for robust investment into vital infrastructure. Moreover, it will place the U.S. at the helm of adjacent industries – artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, defense technologies – that are critical to the current and future economic landscape.
Jonathan Bird, director of the Center for Advanced Semiconductor Technologies and department chair in the department of electrical engineering, shares how a specific ‘sandwich’ of graphene and boron nitride could be the key in future microelectronics.
Singisetti, a renowned expert in electrical and computer engineering, focuses on the development of next generation power devices in ultrawidebandgap semiconductors. His research spans from fundamental materials and interface characterization to the modeling of electronic devices.
Yao, a distinguished expert in electrical engineering, specializes in research related to microgrid control and protection, high voltage dc transmission, and advanced renewable energy integration. Much of her work has focused on the dc arc faults in power electronics systems.