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Student's Graphene Article Proves Popular

A recent article by Materials Science and Engineering graduate student Archana Venugopal was the eighth most downloaded article in the journal Applied Physics Letters in January.

“This is a significant achievement and an important recognition of the importance of the work Archana is doing,” said Dr. Yves Chabal, head of Materials Science and Engineering. The paper, “Contact resistance in few and multilayer graphene devices,” was coauthored by Luigi Colombo of Texas Instruments, an adjunct professor in the department; and Eric Vogel, an associate professor of materials science and engineering.

A one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, graphene has been studied for decades, but only in recent years have researchers explored using it as the basis for new electronic devices. This is the first published research to focus on understanding and controlling the issue of contact resistance, which the authors call “crucial to the development and performance of any high-performance graphene-based device.”

Venugopal holds a bachelor of technology degree in electronics and communication engineering from Pondicherry Engineering College in southern India. Applied Physics Letters is published by the American Institute of Physics and features new experimental and theoretical papers bearing on applications of physics phenomena to all branches of science, engineering and modern technology.