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Here are some of my research experiences in the Smart Materials' Advanced Research and Technology Laboratory, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in backwards chronological order.

Georgia Institute of Technology, September 18, 2015

I have been promoted to graduate research assistant (GRA).

Aida Air Products Research Symposium

Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 16, 2015

I presented my poster on ''Effects of high-energy radiation exposure of the dielectric and piezoelectric response of relaxor-ferroelectric single crystals' at the Air Products Research Symposium. I was awarded Awardhonorable mention in the poster competition where the top Georgia Tech undergraduate Air Products Scholars and President's Undegraduate Research Award (PURA) scholars were judged by Georgia Tech faculty, professors, graduate students, and researcher engineers.

Aida Air Products Research Symposium

Link: Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium, Poster [ Main PDF Format]

9th Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium and Awards, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 23, 2014

Aida Research Symposium

As a President's Undergaduate Research Awardee (PURA), I presented my poster on ''The Effects of High Energy X Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' at the 9th Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium and Awards organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Link: 9th Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium an Awards Program, Poster [ Main PDF Format]

Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 18, 2014

Aida AirProducts Poster

Aida AirProducts Poster

I presented my poster on ''The Effects of High Energy X Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' at the Air Products Research Symposium. I was awarded Awardsecond place in the poster competition where the top Georgia Tech undergraduate Air Products Scholars and President's Undegraduate Research Award (PURA) scholars were judged by Georgia Tech faculty, professors, graduate students, and researcher engineers.

Link: Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium, Poster [ Main PDF Format]

American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Electronic Materials and Applications Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) Conference, Orlando, Florida, January 21-24, 2014

Aida American Ceramic Society

I presented my poster on ''The Effects of High Energy X Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' at the American Ceramic Society Electronic Materials and Applications Electronic Materials and Applications Conference.

Link: Electronic Materials and Applications Conference Final Program, Blog Post Blogspot, Poster [ Main PDF Format]

President's Undergraduate Research Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2014

Aida GaTech Cleanroom

I was awarded the AwardPresident's Undergraduate Research Award for my research in the SMART Lab at Georgia Tech.

Link: President's Undergraduate Research Award

16th US-Japan Seminar on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Materials, North Carolina State University, November 3-6, 2013

My poster ''The Effects of High Energy X Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' was presented at the 16th US-Japan Seminar on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Materials at Raleign, North Carolina.

Link: 16th US-Japan Seminar on Dielectric and Piezoelectric Materials Agenda

School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Industry Day, Georgia Institute of Technology, October 24, 2013

Aida Industry Day Poster

I presented my poster on ''The Effects of High Energy X Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' at the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Industry Day.

Link: School of Materials Science and Engineering Industry Day

Research Advisor Interview: Dr. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb, 2013

"Allow ME to Introduce..." is a series of videos introducing the faculty of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. In this video, the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering introduces Dr. Bassiri-Gharb. I appear at 0:23 performing low field dielectric measurements and performing piezoelectric measurements at 2:02.

Link: Smart Materials' Advanced Research & Technology (SMART) Laboratory

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2011 to Present

SMART Lab

This is the 2013 SMART Lab Research Group at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Link: Smart Materials' Advanced Research & Technology (SMART) Laboratory

Effects of High Energy X-Rays and Proton Irradiation on Ferroelectric Thin Films Publication, 2013

Aida and Graduate StudentWorking with Dr. Nazanin Bassiri-Garb, under the supervision of PhD student Yaser Bastani and in collaboration with the University of Padua in Padova Italy, we published a paper titled "Effects of High Energy X-Ray and Proton Irradiation on Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films' Dielectric and Piezoelectric response"

Link: Publication

International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices, Pennsylvania State University, May 7-12, 2012

Aida PSU

A. Y. Cortés-Peña, Y. Bastani, S. Gerardin, M. Bagatin, A. Paccagnella, and N. Bassiri-Gharb "Effects of High Energy X-Rays and Proton
Irradiation on Ferroelectric Thin Films", International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices, May 7-12, 2012, State College, PA

Link:Blog Post Blogspot, Poster [ Main PDF Format]

Processing, Measurement, Analysis, and CleanRoom Skills

Aida GaTech Cleanroom

Dielectric and Piezoelectric Characterization of Ferroelectric Thin Films for MEMS Applications

1) School of Materials Science and Engineering J. Erskine Love Building

  • Micromanipulator Pixe link.
    • Low Field Dielectric Measurements
  • Piezoelectric Evaluation System (aixPES)
    • The samples current response is measured by applying an electrical voltage excitation signal using the flexible and precise virtual ground method. The samples displacement is simultaneously measured with an laser interferometer system.
  • Double Beam Laser Interferometer (aixDBLI) with a 4-Point Bending System (aix4PB):
    • Piezoelectric Measurements: Longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient d33,f and e31,f
    • Electromechanical large signal strain and polarization measurements.
    • Piezoelectric small signal coefficient and dielectric constant vs. dc bias voltage measurements.
    • Fatigue of electric and electromechanical properties.
  • Hysteresis Tool: Loss and Rayleigh Analysis
    • Non-Linear Dielectric Permittivity Measurements (NDM)

2) Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC)

  • SSI-RTP Rapid Thermal Processing

3) Pettit Microelectronics Research Center (MiRC)

  • CEE 100CB Spinner and Laurell Spincoater
    • Spin coaters are used to distribute photoresist / polymers in a thin uniform layer by spinning the substrate.
  • PVD 75 Filament Evaporator
  • Karl Suss MA-6 Mask Aligner

Link: Georgia Institute of Technology for Electronics and Nanotechnology