The role of the SemiSynBio Thrust is to stimulate non-traditional thinking about the issues facing the semiconductor industry, concentrating on synergies between synthetic biology and semiconductor technology that could lead to novel, breakthrough solutions for a wide range of industries. Results from the university research, guided by semiconductor industry needs, should significantly enhance and accelerate opportunities for advancing capabilities and applications for future generations of integrated circuits.
Cytomorphic-Semiconductor Circuit Design
Designers for semiconductor circuits and systems have begun to look to biological sciences for new approaches to analog and digital design and to circuits and system architectures, especially for minimum-energy electronic systems. The term ‘cytomorphic electronics’ refers to electronic circuits and information processing inspired by the operation of chemical circuits and information processing in cells.
Bioelectric Sensors, Actuators and Energy Sources
Biological sensors have the potential to play an important role in multi-functional semiconductor systems. As an example, SRC is studying the integration of live cells with CMOS technology to form a hybrid bio-semiconductor system that provides high signal sensitivity and specificity at low operating energy.
Molecular-precision Additive Fabrication
As the demands continue to grow for more exacting pattern formation and complex materials systems for semiconductor fabrication — as feature sizes shrink to the 5 nanometer (nm) regime — molecular-based self-assembly could offer an alternative to lithographically driven manufacturing. DNA can be used as an active agent to provide information content to guide structure formation. SRC is investigating processes that will both improve fabrication yields and provide purification of correctly formed structures that significantly reduce the occurrence of defects in making DNA nanostructures.
A broad-based consortium is being led by SRC toward the development of a SemiSynBio research roadmap. Read more »
Current3 Research Tasks3 Universities3 Faculty Researchers1 Liaison Personnel
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