SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York USA, reported that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) selected Associate Professor of Nanoengineering Dr. Woongje Sung to receive $2,078,000 in total to make advances in the project of Manufacturing of Ultra-high-voltage Silicon Carbide devices known as “MUSiC.”
Dr. Sung will lead a team of researchers that intend to use the ARL funding to develop a process for fabricating ulta-high voltage silicon carbide power electronics chips for military and commercial applications such as solar energy, electric vehicles, and making a more robust electrical grid, for example.
The proposed SiC high voltage devices will be produced at the SUNY Poly-led New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) facility, located at the Albany NanoTech Complex. The facility is one of only two foundry service providers that offer 6-inch SiC device fabrication in the United States.
The SUNY Poly graduate students involved with this research will use 2D device simulations to design and optimize 10-15kV metal-oxide-silicon-field-effect-transistors (MOSFETs), the switch components of the power electronics chips. After fabrication, the students will give feedback to enhance the device design and the process.
“I am proud that the ARL has recognized the power electronics research that I am conducting at SUNY Poly in collaboration with the top-tier staff and leadership of the NY-PEMC, as well as the importance of developing a U.S. base for the ‘MUSiC,’” said Dr. Sung. “As this project develops, I look forward to the numerous opportunities that may result, for the establishment of the ‘MUSiC’ will provide a foundation for further R&D. It will also serve as an invaluable hands-on educational vehicle for SUNY Poly students, in addition to bolstering our nation’s technological competitiveness.”
This ARL award follows a recent grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy for $375,000 to fund Dr. Sung’s SiC research seeking to develop smaller and more efficient power electronics chips.