"Nearly everyone seems to carry a cell phone or tablet. But if Tomás Palacios’s vision of the future of electronics comes to bear, it will be increasingly difficult to separate electronics from all the other structures and materials surrounding us. An electrical engineer by training, Palacios, MIT Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, develops new materials to bring electronic devices to the next level and beyond. “We are always trying to mix materials, engineering and physics to create a prototype device that can get people excited about new applications and opportunities,” he says."
"Palacios believes we are at the most exciting time for semiconductor research in the last 30-40 years because of the advent of new materials with new unique properties. “My group works exactly at that intersection,” he says. Currently, Palacios is intent on developing new applications based on two main types of semiconductor material families that he believes will shape the future of electronics: gallium nitride (GaN) and two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and molybdenum disulfide."
Read more about Tomas Palacios and his vision in the Industrial Liaison Program (MIT ILP) Nov. 3, 2014 feature by Alice McCarthy titled "Extreme Materials and Ubiquitous Electronics - Tomás Palacios explores the application of novel materials in next-generation electronics to save energy and expand possibilities."
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