Materials & Devices


SLA’s Material and Device Applications (MADA) Laboratory brings together electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineers, chemists, material scientists and physicists, and other specialists. We have a class 10-100 cleanroom facility, dozens of versatile process tools, a dedicated chemical synthesis laboratory, and device measurement and metrology suites that enable development of fully-functional prototype devices. We collaborate with manufacturers, universities, and government laboratories to translate ambitious insights into successful product innovations.

Current R&D Focus Areas


Electronic Devices

SLA specializes in thin-film devices on glass, plastic, metal, and other unconventional substrates, as well as on silicon wafers.  We develop core display technologies, while also exploring printed electronics and flexible displays for next-generation devices.  Using circuit simulation and optical simulation techniques along with the photolithography, deposition, etch, and anneal tools in our clean room facility, we design, fabricate, and evaluate a broad range of device prototypes.



Process Development

Modern thin film devices are created by building up layers of active semiconductors, insulating dielectrics, and conducting metals.  The performance of the finished device depends on both material and process characteristics.  SLA develops process flows using both novel and conventional materials to enable new high-performance devices.



Advanced Semiconductors

SLA is focused on the development of new inorganic and organic semiconductor materials for device applications.  Of particular interest are materials suitable for thin-film transistors used as switches and drivers in emerging display and sensor technologies.



Novel Materials

SLA combines extensive experience in materials processing with advanced tools for controlled deposition in a variety of forms and configurations.  Areas of interest include active and passive polymeric coatings, electrochemical materials, quantum dots, and nanowires.