Cheng receives NSF CAREER Award for his research

Dr. Xing Cheng, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Photo of Dr. Xing ChengThe NSF established the CAREER program to support junior faculty within the context of their overall career development, combining in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense. Through this program, the NSF emphasizes the importance on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Cheng received his CAREER award for his proposal, "High-Performance Nanoscale Polymer Thin-Film Transistors for Integrated Circuit Applications."

Cheng's proposal describes the development of high-performance organic thin-film transistors with large-scale uniformity for integrated circuit applications. The approach is to develop, fabricate and investigate nanoscale self-aligned polymer thin-film transistors with internal chain orientation. Such devices can overcome the limitations of today's organic thin-film transistors. They have the potential to enable plastic circuits to achieve ubiquitous sensing and computing, such as plastic RFIDs operating at 13.56 MHz, all-plastic circuit chips with integrated organic sensors and on-board signal processing and transmission circuitries, and smart cards with computation, signal processing and data storage capabilities. The patterning of the polymer semiconductor nanostructures and the manipulation of their internal chain orientation are achieved by scalable nanoimprint technique.

Cheng received his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1997, his M.S. from Stanford University in 1999 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2005. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications. His research interests focus on two fronts: 1) to develop low-cost and high-throughput nanoimprint-based nanofabrication techniques for nanophotonics and organic nanoelectronics, and 2) to design and characterize transformative microelectronic devices and systems to address critical challenges in solar energy harvesting and biomedical engineering.