Nicholas Cunningham

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Rinzler
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I am interested in pushing the boundary of what is known about the world. Research allows me to work first hand on cutting edge science, trying to discovery things that no one has known before."

Major

Physics

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Graphene
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Organic Electronics

Academic Awards

  • Community Foundation of South Lake Scholarship
  • First United Methodist Church of Clermont Scholarship
  • Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • Society of Physics Students
  • Club Tennis

Volunteer

  • Physics Outreach
  • First United Methodist Church of Clermont
  • Moonlight Players Warehouse Theater

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Computer Building

Research Description

Porous Graphene based Schottky-Junction, Vertical, Organic, Field-Effect Transistors
Developing electronics based on organic materials will allow devices to be flexible, stretchable, transparent, and low cost. By using graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, as the source electrode, a Schottky barrier junction is formed between the graphene source and the organic semiconducting channel. Applying an electric field to the gate of the transistor allows the width and height of the barrier to be controlled, which consequently controls the current flowing through the device. By introducing holes into the graphene sheet, better device performance can be achieved. My research will study the relationship between hole size and density in order to achieve the best possible performance.