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Professor Lisa M. Porter  

Professor Lisa M. Porter

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D., North Carolina State; Carnegie Mellon

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Roberts Engineering Hall 145
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Phone: (412) 268-4047
Fax: (412) 268-3113

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Lisa Porter received the Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from N.C. State University and Cornell University, respectively. She serves as a research and academic advisor to both graduate and undergraduate students and is actively involved in several outreach activities and societies. In 2011 she will serve as Program Chair of the Electronic Materials & Processing Division of the American Vacuum Society. Her awards include the “Women Driving the Material World” Award from the Women & Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania (2006), a National Science Foundation Career Award (1999-2004) and a National Swedish Foundation Visiting Professorship (2000-2002).

Research Interests

Professor Porter's research activities are focused on the analysis of chemistry, microstructure, and electrical properties of electronically-functional interfaces. We are interested in a range of materials including but not limited to wide band-gap semiconductors; dielectric-semiconductor interfaces, as for example in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices; polymer organic semiconductors and thin films. We are also interested in a range of applications and devices, including chemical and gas sensors, field-effect transistors (FETs), Schottky diodes, light-emitting diodes and solar cells. Examples of current research projects include the improving ohmic contacts for high-efficiency nitride-based LEDs; investigating the relationship between morphology, mobility and contact resistance in organic FETs, and the developing thermally-stable interfaces for solid-state semiconductor gas sensors.

Recent Publications

K.A. Singh, T. Young, R.D. McCullough, T. Kowalewski, and L.M. Porter, “Planarization of Polymeric Field-Effect Transistors:  Improvement of Nanomorphology and Enhancement of Electrical Performance,” Adv. Funct. Mater. 20, 2216-2221 (2010).

L.M. Porter, K. Das, Y. Dong, J.H. Melby, and A.R. Virshup, “Contacts to Wide Band Gap Semiconductors,” in Comprehensive Semiconductor Science and Technology (Elsevier) edited by Pallab Bhattacharya, Hiroshi Kamimura, Tony Cullis and Roberto Fornari (in press).

A. Virshup, L.M. Porter, D. Lukco, K. Buchholt, L. Hultman, and A. Lloyd Spetz, “Investigation of Thermal Stability and Degradation Mechanisms in Ni-Based Ohmic Contacts to n-Type SiC for High-Temperature Gas Sensors,” J. Electron. Mater. 38(4), 569-573 (2009).

P. Kulkarni, L. McCullough, T. Kowalewski, and L.M. Porter, “Investigation of Electrical Properties of Nanostructured Carbon Films Derived from Block Copolymers,” Synth. Met. 159, 177-181 (2009).

K.A. Singh, G. Sauve, R. Zhang, T. Kowalewski, R.D. McCullough, and L.M. Porter, “Dependence of field-effect mobility and contact resistance on nanostructure in regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) thin film transistors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 263303 (2008).

P. Kulkarni, L.M. Porter, F.A.M. Koeck, Y.-J. Tang, and R.J. Nemanich, “Electrical and Photoelectrical Characterization of Undoped and S-doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Films,” J. Appl. Phys. 103, 084905 (2008).

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