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IEEE Nanotechnology Seminar (Hybrid) | Electron Transport in Discontinuous Metal Thin Films by Emeritus Prof James E Morris

The presentation will review the conventional model [1] but will then move on to a review of the experimental discrepancies that cannot be explained by that model [2].

These discrepancies can all be resolved by a modified electrostatic activated tunnelling model [3] which will then be outlined with computer simulated properties matching experimental results.

The revised model begins with the conventional Maxwell Boltzmann distribution of charged islands but then adds carrier injection at the electrodes. Verification of the revised model requires a different fabrication technique which is proposed.

The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and best chapter practices.

[1] J E Morris and T J Coutts,”Electrical conduction in discontinuous metal films a discussion,” Thin Solid Films 47, 3-65 (1977) [invited review] [2] J E Morris, “Electron Transport in Discontinuous Metal Thin Films,” Nano Express 3, 014002 (2022)[3] F Wu and J E Morris, “Modeling conduction in asymmetrical discontinuous thin metal films,” Thin Solid Films 317, 178-182 (1998)

About the Speaker

Jim is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Computer Engineering at Portland State University, Oregon, USA, with BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Politehnica University of Bucharest.

He is an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer for the Electronics Packaging Society. He served the EPS in multiple roles for over 25 years, including 20 years on the Board of Governors as Treasurer, Conferences VP and Member at Large, and in multiple EPS conference organisations He has more recently been equally involved in the Nanotechnology Council as VP for Conferences and Finance, as General Chair of NANO 2011 and 2020 and NMDC 2018 and currently as Past President following two years as President (2020-2021).

His research activities are focused on electrically conductive adhesives, the electrical conduction mechanisms in discontinuous metal nanoparticle thin films, and on nanotechnology education.

He has edited or co-authored five books on electronics packaging, two of which have been published in Chinese, and two on nanodevices. The second edition of his Nanopackaging book (from 2008) appeared in 2018.


Registration for this event is required:

  • For physical attendance, please register by 20 June 2022. Lunch will be provided at 12-12.45pm (RSVP).
  • For online attendance (Zoom), please register by 28 June 2022. The zoom link will be emailed to registrants before the event.
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