Frank Streller

 

Phone: 215-898-4591 | Email: streller@seas.upenn.edu | Office: 112 Towne

Contact Information

Phone: 215-898-4591

Email: streller@seas.upenn.edu

Mail: 220 S. 33rd Street, 112 Towne Building

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Education

Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering (expected Dec. 2015), University of Pennsylvania

M.Sc., Materials Science & Engineering (2014), University of Pennsylvania

M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.), Materials Science (2011), Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)

 

Research Interests

Developing materials that retain their properties despite being subjected to harsh conditions is a key challenge throughout materials science. The lack of understanding in this domain has technological impact, including for nanoelectromechanical (NEM) contact switches, which have been identified by the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) as a possible “beyond CMOS” technology. Despite exhibiting a significantly decreased power consumption compared to currently used solid-state switches, NEM contact switches face a barrier to commercialization due to reliability issues, which are related to contact interface related failure mechanisms.

My research is motivated by the need for novel NEM switch contact materials that are highly conductive, mechanically robust, minimally adhesive, chemically inert, and amenable to CMOS fabrication processes. The aim of my work is the development and characterization of potential next-generation NEM switch contact materials that may facilitate the commercialization of this exciting technology.

I am making use of a variety of fabrication and characterization methods – including clean room techniques, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultra-high vacuum atomic force microscopy (UHV AFM), nano-indentation, and scanning as well as transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) – in order to develop novel contact materials.

 

Awards

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nano Conference Best Student Paper Award (2014) (Announcement)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Student Travel Grant (2014)
  • University of Pennsylvania “Research Student Travel Grant” (2014)
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Graduate Student Scholarship (2014) (Announcement)
  • University of Pennsylvania “President Gutmann Leadership Award” (2013)
  • University of Pennsylvania “Research Student Travel Grant” (2013)
  • ERASMUS Fellowship of the European Union (2008/09)

 

Patents

  • R. W. Carpick, F. Streller, R. Agarwal, F. Mangolini. “Thin Film Metal Silicides and Method for Formation”, U.S. Patent Appl. No. 62/112,579, February 5, 2015(Link)

 

Journal Articles

  • F. Streller*, R. Agarwal*, F. Mangolini, and R. W. Carpick. “Novel Metal Silicide Thin Films by Design via Controlled Solid-State Diffusion“. Chemistry of Materials, 27 (12), 4247-4253 (2015). (Link)
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, and R. W. Carpick. “Next-Generation Nanoelectromechanical Switch Contact Materials”. IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, 9 (1), 18-24 (2015). *Invited Paper* (Link)
  • Hazeli, J. Cuadra, F. Streller, C. M. Barr, M. L. Taheri, R. W. Carpick, A. Kontsos. “Three-Dimensional Surface Effects of Twinning in Magnesium Alloys”Scripta Materialia, 100, 9-12 (2015). (Link)
  • K. Hazeli, H. Askari, J. Cuadra, F. Streller, R. W. Carpick, H. M. Zbib, A. Kontsos. “Microstructure-Sensitive Investigation of Magnesium Alloy Fatigue”. International Journal of Plasticity, 68, 55-76 (2014). (Link)
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, F. Mangolini, G. Feng, and R. W. Carpick. “Tunable, Source-Controlled Formation of Platinum Silicides and Nanogaps from Thin Precursor Films”. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1 (3), 1300120 (2014). (Link)
  • M. Thieme, F. Streller, F. Simon, R. Frenzel, A. J. White. “Superhydrophobic aluminium-based surfaces: Wetting and wear properties of different CVD-generated coating types”. Applied Surface Science, 283, 1041-1050 (2013). (Link)
  • F. Mangolini, J. Åhlund, G. E. Wabiszewski, V. P. Adiga, P. Egberts, F. Streller, K. Backlund, P. G. Karlsson, B. Wannberg, and R. W. Carpick. “Angle-Resolved Environmental X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A New Laboratory Setup for Photoemission Studies at Pressures up to 0.4 Torr”.  Review of Scientific Instruments, 83 (9), 093112 (2012). (Link)

 

Conference Publications

  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, D. Durham, F. Yang, J. Yang, Y. Qi, D. J. Srolovitz, A. M. Rappe and R. W. Carpick. “Novel Materials Solutions and Simulations for Nanoelectromechanical Switches”2015 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts (Holm 2015), San Diego, California, October 11-14, 2015.
  • C. Oh, F. Streller, R. W. Carpick, and M. P. de Boer. “Effectiveness of oxygen plasma versus UHV bakeout in cleaning MEMS switch surfaces”2015 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts (Holm 2015), San Diego, California, October 11-14, 2015.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, and R. W. Carpick. “Development and Assessment of Next-Generation Nanoelectromechanical Switch Contact Materials”2014 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO 2014), Toronto, Canada, August 18-21, 2014.  (Link)  *Best Student Paper Award Winner*  (Announcement)


Invited Presentations

  • F. Streller. “Tribology-related Challenges in Nanoelectromechanical Switches”, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Philadelphia Section Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 27, 2015.

 

Conference Presentations

  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, D. B. Durham, and R. W. Carpick. “Novel Contact Materials for Reliable Nanoelectromechanical Switches”, American Vacuum Society 62nd International Symposium & Exhibition, San Jose, CA, October 18-23, 2015.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, D. Durham, F. Yang, J. Yang, Y. Qi, D. J. Srolovitz, A. M. Rappe and R. W. Carpick. “Novel Materials Solutions and Simulations for Nanoelectromechanical Switches”2015 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts (Holm 2015), San Diego, California, October 11-14, 2015.
  • F. Streller, D. B. Durham, G. E. Wabiszewski, J. Yang, Y. Qi, D. J. Srolovitz, A. M. Rappe, and R. W. Carpick. “Tribochemical Processes in Nanoelectromechanical Switches”, 89th American Chemical Society Colloid & Surface Science Symposium , Pittsburgh, PA, June 15-17, 2015.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, and R. W. Carpick. “Novel Materials Solutions for Nanoelectromechanical Switches”, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 6-10, 2015.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, R. W. Carpick. “Development and Assessment of Next-Generation Nanoelectromechanical Switch Contact Materials”, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO 2014), Toronto, Canada, August 18-21, 2014.
  • R. W. Carpick, G. E. Wabiszewski, F. Streller. “Needs and Opportunities for Nanotribology in MEMS and NEMS”Hilton Head 2014 Workshop: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head Island, SC, June 8-12, 2014.
  • R. W. Carpick, F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, F. Mangolini, G. Feng, and G. Piazza. “Materials Challenges in NEMS Logic: Failure Mechanisms and Novel Materials Solutions”Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 21-25, 2014.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, G. Piazza, and R. W. Carpick. “Platinum Silicide as a Next-Generation Contact Material for NEMS Switches”, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 1-5, 2013.

 

Conference Posters

  • F. Streller, R. Agarwal, F. Mangolini, R. W. Carpick. “Controlling Platinum Silicide Formation – An In Situ TEM and XPS Investigation of a Novel Material for Energy Applications”,  Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 6-10, 2015.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, G. Piazza, and R. W. Carpick. “Development and Characterization of Platinum Silicide as a Contact Material for Nanoelectromechanical Switches”,  244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, August 19-23, 2012.
  • F. Streller, G. E. Wabiszewski, G. Piazza, and R. W. Carpick. “Development and Characterization of Platinum Silicide as a Tuneable Contact Material for NEMS Switches”,  Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 9-13, 2012.