A multidisciplinary team of researchers from UCLA and other universities is poised to help turn science fiction into reality in the form of some of the world's tiniest electromagnetic devices thanks to a major grant from the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center (ERC) program.
The grant, worth up to $35 million over 10 years, will fund a new center headquartered at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science that will focus on research aimed at developing highly efficient and powerful electromagnetic systems roughly the size of a biological cell systems that can power a range of devices, from miniaturized consumer electronics and technologies important for national security to as-yet unimagined machines, like nanoscale submarines that can navigate through the human blood stream.
Employing a fundamentally new approach to electromagnetic power at the nanoscale, researchers at the NSF-funded TANMS center (Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems) are working to replace traditional wire-based electronics with a revolutionary technique that couples electricity and magnetism by using multiferroic materials, which can be magnetically switched "on" and "off" by an electric field.
UCLA's partners in the new center include UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Switzerland's ETH Zurich and California State University, Northridge.
"At UCLA, we strive to conduct research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and benefits society in practical ways, and this new center is a prime example of that pursuit," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. "The National Science Foundation award for this major research center reflects the excellence and commitment of our renowned faculty and the quality of their collaborations with colleagues at other institutions."
"TANMS could spur a true paradigm shift for new devices that were once thought of as science fiction but now appear just
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