Deji Akinwande

The University of Texas – Austin, TX, USA

Deji Akinwande

The University of Texas – Austin, TX, USA


  • Msc/Bsc, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 2010
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009

업무 초점:

Akinwande is focused on 2D materials and devices. This is a very multidisciplinary research covering materials science, physics, and engineering applications. As such, he has students and researchers with different technical backgrounds working with him on these topics in order to make significant progress in bringing ideas towards practical applications.

학생들을 위한 조언:

Pursue innovation and critical thinking.    



나노기술의 어떤 기술 분야에 귀하의 작업이 가장 잘 적용됩니까?

  • 나노전자공학
  • 나노센서 및 나노액추에이터
  • 나노소재
  • 나노제조

Q: 귀하의 진로가 나노기술에 초점을 맞추고 있다는 것을 처음 알게 된 것은 언제입니까?
Akinwande:  When I started graduate school, I realized the field was very young and started exploring carbon nanotube materials. I was particularly looking for a nascent topic and after 1year of reading about different emerging frontiers, I decided to focus on CNTs especially for radio-frequency applications because it was an area I had some prior experience.      

Q: 현재 어떤 나노기술 응용을 연구하고 있나요?  
Akinwande: I am working on several applications including wearable tattoo sensors, flexible electronics, and memory devices for information storage and computing. Our main driver is to explore near-term important applications of nanomaterials such as graphene and related atomic sheets. These aforementioned applications are both very important from a technology point of view and might also be commercializable in a reasonable timeframe compared to some more fundamental applications that might need decades to develop.         

Q. 나노기술을 활용하면서 가장 보람찬 점은 무엇인가요?
Akinwande: The field is very vast with ample room for innovation and creativity to bring an idea from concept towards practical applications.    

Q: 당신이 작업한 일이 세상에 어떻게 긍정적인 영향을 미쳤는지 보여주는 예가 있습니까?
 We wrote the first textbook on carbon nanotubes in 2011 and this book has been translated to other languages and is used in many institutions across the World to teach aspects of nanomaterials and nanotechnology.   

Q: 향후 나노기술의 상용화가 세계에 가장 큰 긍정적인 영향을 미칠 것으로 예상되는 분야는 무엇입니까?
Akinwande: The future is hard to predict. I expect nanotechnology will increasingly impact many aspects of society in due time. We already see commercial examples in energy devices such as batteries, thermal management packages in smart phones, and a variety of sensors including diagnostic testing for health.

Q: 지금까지 나노기술이 세계에 미친 가장 큰 영향은 무엇이라고 생각하시나요?  
Akinwande: Nanotechnology has given us modern semiconductor technology which has benefited virtually all industries and society across the World. From electronic gadgets to mobile health. This was enabled by developing a variety of techniques to make smaller features and components and integrate them on a semiconductor wafer. A lot of technical breakthroughs and invention went into the science and engineering of making things very small (i.e. nano-size), much smaller than a hair strand. This is an example of how nanotechnology has advanced the predominant semiconductor electronics industry.    

Q: 지난 10년 동안 나노기술은 연구실을 벗어나 사회에 실질적인 영향을 미치고 있습니다. 나노기술의 상용화에 도움이 되고 새로운 제품이나 프로세스를 탄생시키는 데 도움이 되는 노력을 하신 적이 있습니까? 
Akinwande: Our earlier research on graphene growth and transfer has become commercial process technology. This research involved growing graphene, which is a single sheet of carbon atoms on a substrate of silicon that is suitable for semiconductor technology. With graphene on silicon, advanced electronics can be made that combines the outstanding properties of both materials to realize electronic gadgets superior to what can be achieved with just one of the materials.

Q: 대학에서의 훈련이 나노기술 작업에 도움이 되었나요?
 Yes, it provided foundational understanding in the physical sciences and engineering. Math classes gave me strong quantitative skills in modeling and analysis that requires skills in calculus and statistics. Physics is good for the necessary understanding of thermodynamics, solid-state materials, and quantum mechanics. And electrical engineering classes are crucial for developing applications based on the unique characteristics of nanomaterials. These applications are what we broadly call nanotechnology.      

Q: 만약 다시 이 일을 해야 한다면, 여전히 나노기술 응용에 집중하시겠습니까?
: Yes. Nanotechnology is a frontier field with a lot of room for innovation and as such, it is a very enjoyable field for discovery research. 

Q: 고등학생이나 대학생이 나노기술에 관심이 있다면, 그러한 역할을 맡을 준비를 돕기 위해 어떤 조언을 해주실 수 있나요?
 Pursue innovation and critical thinking. There are many challenges in the world from a technology point including the exponential power consumption of data centers, the need for mobile personalized healthcare, portable filtration for clean water, etc. All these global challenges require innovative ideas and new ways of looking at problems.   

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