The Microelectronics Research Center develops and characterizes advanced semiconductor materials, devices, and processing technology. The Center researches and develops new semiconducting materials and technology for the next generation of electronic and photonic devices, interacts with industry in the commercialization of these new technologies, and provides a state-of-the-art learning laboratory. The primary goal is to accomplish world-class research in a few carefully selected niche areas, including thin film electronic and optical devices. The primary emphasis is on electronic and optical materials and devices for photovoltaic conversion, photonic bandgap devices and sensors. These include fundamental studies of high-efficiency photovoltaic solar energy conversion materials, research on nanostructural electronic devices, intelligent plasma processing for advanced semiconductor manufacturing, and organic semiconductors and sensors. MRC is a center of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, a network of research and technology-transfer centers and industrial-outreach programs at Iowa State University.
Website URL: http://www.merc.iastate.edu