Student Spotlight

Organic and Nanostructed Electronics Laboratory (ONE Lab): Farnaz Niroui


Hometown, Country:
Toronto, ON, Canada

Academic history prior to coming to MIT: 
B.A.Sc. in Nanotechnology Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.

What brought you to MIT?
I was introduced to the fascinating field of nanotechnology during my undergraduate studies. I was especially interested in the interdisciplinary nature of this field. It is the integration of different branches of science and engineering on the nanoscale which leads to novel scientific discoveries and technological advancements. My desire to pursue this research direction brought me to MIT and to the ONE Lab, both of which offer diverse scientific expertise, resources, and stimulating projects in nanotechnology.

What problem are you trying to solve with your current research and what are some possible applications?
My current research focuses on developing a class of nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches which utilize organic materials to enable devices that operate through quantum tunneling. In contrast to conventional NEM switches, the tunneling approach allows for more reliable and lower voltage switching operation. These devices can lead to more energy efficient transistors with potential applications in digital logic and power switching.

What interests you most about your research?
My research is exciting because it allows me to design, fabricate, and analyze nanoscale systems. I am also interested in the interdisciplinary nature of my research, as the work involves electrical engineering, device physics, and materials science. To achieve the project goals, I collaborate with researchers who have expertise in different fields. This approach always provides new opportunities for me to learn.

What are your future plans?
I would like to pursue a career in academia, and engage in a combination of research and teaching.