New Materials for a New Computing Era: Carbon Nanotube Chips

Max Shulaker, MIT

Semiconductors made from rolled up sheets of atom-thick carbon could run faster and consume less energy than silicon ones, but they are challenging to manufacture. Max Shulaker discusses new advances that aim to propel the technology into the mainstream.

Max Shulaker, Professor , MIT

Max Shulaker is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where he leads the NOVELS (Novel Electronic Systems Group). His research group focuses on the broad area of nanosystems: understanding and optimizing multidisciplinary interactions across the entire computing stack to enable the next generation of energy-efficient computing systems. Key breakthroughs from the group range from low-level nanomaterial synthesis to novel fabrication processes and circuit designs for emerging nanotechnologies to new system architectures. His passion lies in transforming fundamental scientific advances into working systems that promise to improve our daily lives. Through their unique approach, Max and his students have demonstrated some of the most advanced beyond-silicon electronic systems realized to date, with applications ranging from next-generation computers to health care.

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