The 2018 Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy will be awarded to ECE graduate student Fangzhou Yu.
Fangzhou Yu is a PhD student working with Professor Yicheng Lu in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received $5,000 in support of his project “Low-power MgZnO Piezoelectric Transistors for Energy Efficient Applications”. His research focuses on reducing the power consumption of electronic devices, which is one of the most important challenges facing the global electronic industry. A new piezoelectric material MgZnO in the field effect transistors will introduce steep subthreshold slope for low-power consumption and high energy-efficient performance. This research has a significant impact on device physics and technology and leads to broad applications in the energy-efficient electronic systems such as piezoelectric voltage transformer, flexible non-volatile memory, advanced touch sensing device, and low power transistor switches. He received his MS degree at Rutgers in 2016, and BS degree at Peking University in 2013.
Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Professor Paul Panayotatos who served for 30 years as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Scholarship is awarded to graduate students demonstrating academic excellence and pursuing an advanced degree in the sustainable energy areas including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conversion or a related area.