The Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP) Program explores new materials and processes for scaled digital and analog device fabrication. Targeted research addresses critical challenges in patterning, nanoengineered materials, deposition and etch processes, process integration, and metrology.
NMP has three research focus directions that include Patterning, Front-end Processes (FEP) and Back-end Processes (BEP).
This research focus includes research in the areas of imaging materials and pattern transfer, self-aligned patterning processes, alternative patterning techniques such as etch-free processing and directed self-assembly (DSA), and supportive metrology and modeling activities. The objectives of this subthrust are affordable, high-performance, and low-variability patterning options for advanced digital and analog/mixed-signal technologies.
Front-end Processes (FEP)
This research focus explores emerging research material and process options that address industry's strategic needs for active and passive device scaling, improvements in performance and reliability, and enhanced functionality.
Example topics include: (a) the chemistry and synthesis of materials which provide novel functionality and/or tunable properties, (b) material-enabled low-variability processes, (c) new thin-film deposition techniques for enhanced conformality, (d) the characterization and understanding of material interface effects, and (e) materials and processes enabling functional diversification on a CMOS platform and 3D heterogeneous integration.
Back-end Processes (BEP)
This subprogram addresses new directions for interconnects in the areas of Cu/low‑k extendibility, etch/deposition unit processes, reliability, novel global interconnect solutions, and radical new concepts for interconnect and the package/on-chip interconnect sub-system.
Example topics include: (a) new materials and processes to optimize Cu-based interconnect resistance and reliability, (b) new materials and processes to optimize low‑k dielectric capacitance and reliability, (c) optimization of interconnect interfaces and contacts, (d) alternate interconnect materials and concepts, and (e) back-end materials and processes enabling functional diversification of a CMOS platform.
This Year8 Patent Applications
Last Year15 Task Starts184 Research Publications4 Patent Applications
Since Inception115 Research Tasks60 Universities310 Students137 Faculty Researchers313 Liaison Personnel1,337 Research Publications36 Patent Applications12 Patents Granted