UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium

"Future Nanoscale Multiferroic Devices" presented by Gregory Carman, Director, National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
4:00 PM
CNSI Auditorium
(between Boelter Hall and La Kretz Hall)

About the Speaker

Dr. Carman is a Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, the Director of the new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center focused on Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems, and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology in UCLA’s Department of Surgery. Among his honors, he was awarded the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2004.

About the Talk

Present day electromagnetic devices rely on magnetic fields generated by passing a current through a conducting wire, a discovery made by Hans Christian Oersted nearly 200 years ago. While extremely useful, this approach fails at small length scales and thus presents a major obstacle to the further miniaturization of electronic devices. Recent scientific discoveries show that a magnetic material’s intrinsic magnetization can be manipulated with an electric field. This innovation overcomes the deficiencies associated with Oersted’s current driven system, especially in the realm of nanotechnology.  Professor Carman will describe the ongoing multiferroic research and the potential applications that this new approach has to offer the scientific and engineering communities.               

The UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium Series is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and to be of interest to a general audience.