The SWAMP (Software Analysis and Advanced Materials Processing) Center in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida features interdisciplinary activities aimed at understanding, optimizing, and developing new techniques for the manufacture of advanced materials. The center is devoted to understanding and modeling fundamental properties and reliability of the materials and devices involved in micro- and nano-electronics in both Si, Ge and compound semiconductors including the III-Nitrides and InGaAs. The center also investigates novel materials and processing for electrochemical cells. The SWAMP Center performs systematic, fundamental experiments designed to verify models of the physics and chemistry of the materials, structures, and processes. Through electron microscopy investigations, the center develops a better understanding of the changes, on the atomic scale, that occur in the materials used in microelectronics and energy storage.
This center features interdisciplinary activities combining analytic techniques from materials science to modeling and device design. This interdisciplinary approach has proved valuable to industry since it has provided software that models the physics and chemistry of the manufacturing process, and experimental work that aims at calibrating the software models. One of the acknowledged strengths of the program is that the students learn techniques and capabilities in interdisciplinary teams.
Support for our research is currently provided by Applied Materials, Varian, DoD and DOE. Since 1992, additional support has been provided directly from companies such as Intel Advanced Micro Devices, Axcelis, CAPRES Harris, IBIS, ISE, Lucent, Motorola, Planar Energy, SEMATECH, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Silvaco, Texas Instruments, and Varian. The SWAMP Center has also worked closely with government agencies including NSF, NIST, NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories and other universities including Stanford, Denmark Technical University, University of California – San Diego, University of Texas at Austin and Australian National University.
Last Update: January 8, 2018