Daniels-Race's work has involved a wide range of research in the area of
compound semiconductor electronics. From electronic materials growth, using
molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), to sub-micron device fabrication, to that of
her current work in nanostructure characterization via atomic force
microscopy (AFM) and fluorescence, Dr. Daniels-Race and students explore nanoscale
phenomena for next-generation device development. A Professor of
ECE, she is also a faculty member of LSU's Center for Computation and
received her BS degree from Rice University (1983) during
which time she was a National Achievement scholarship recipient. For her MS
University (1985), she
was a GEM Fellow, and during her Ph.D. from Cornell University (1990),
she was an AT&T Fellow via the CRFP (Cooperative Research Fellowship
Program). All three degrees were in electrical engineering with an emphasis
in electro-physics during her Ph.D. studies. Her doctoral research, with Prof.
Lester F. Eastman , was on the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE)
growth and characterization of vertical field effect transistors (VFETs)
exhibiting ballistic transport phenomena. Throughout her academic training
she worked in industrial research venues such as Exxon Research & Engineering
Co., General Electric, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She began her
professorial career at Duke
(1989-2003). There she was responsible for the inception and successful
development of that university's first MBE laboratory and research program
in the area of compound semiconductor (III-V) epitaxial crystal growth.
During this time her work involved the investigation of quantum phenomena
such as electron-phonon interactions, band crossover effects, and tunneling
in GaAs, Alx Ga1-x As, and Inx Al1-x As
based microelectronic device structures. She conducted experiments
concerning MBE effects upon strained material and low-dimensional systems
(LDS) such as quantum dots and wires. In support of this work, she received
federal funding from the National Science Foundation and
the Department of Energy along with grants from other
national, state, and local sources.
Having joined LSU as
of Fall 2003, Dr. Daniels-Race is in the process of expanding her research
activities beyond that of the aforementioned. With the support of resources
such as the ECE Department's Electronic Material and Device Laboratory
(EMDL), she is currently developing a nanostructure characterization
laboratory. Beyond the inorganic traditional LDS studied previously, Dr.
Daniels-Race's group at LSU will investigate hybrid (organic/inorganic)
materials and devices in the nanoscale regime.