FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – More than $ 5 million in total funding from the Army Research Office and the Army Research Laboratory will go to a unique silicon carbide semiconductor manufacturing facility at the University of Arkansas.
The grants, $ 4.5 million from the Army Research Office and $ 900,000 from the Army Research Laboratory, follow a $ 18 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the construction and operation of the only nationally manufactured facility.
The Army Research Office grant will be used for equipment and the Army Research Laboratory grant for student and staff compensation, tuition and materials to support research activities in collaboration with the army research laboratory.
Alan Mantooth, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the principal investigator of both grants.
According to a statement from the University of Arkansas, the manufacturing plant will develop new electronics to meet areas of national defense. The statement said the researchers will manufacture superior integrated circuits for compact and rugged electronic devices for branches of the U.S. military, and the devices will also be more energy efficient and heat resistant.
The facility will also train the next generation of semiconductor researchers and engineers capable of working in both the silicon semiconductor and silicon carbide industries, according to a spokesperson for the university.
The statement said that students at all levels of study will be offered research opportunities and exposed to a much needed science and technology field, and that research will engage under-represented students in a new and emerging field. boom in electronics.