Erich Justin Radauscher, Ph.D.

PhD Student

Erich defended his dissertation "Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Devices for Advanced Applications" on April 4th, 2016. He is currently working for X-Celeprint Inc., located in Research Triangle Park, NC and Cork, Ireland.

A former graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the Pratt School of Engineering. His current research at the Nanomaterials and Thin Films Lab focuses on the growth, characterization, and application of advance nanomaterials for emerging electronic technologies. More specifically, his work targes the development of carbon nanostructure based micro ion source designs for use in miniaturized sensor development; as well as research into novel carbon based field emitter structures for various field emission applications.

Concurrently he holds an internship at RTI International - Center for Materials & Electronic Technologies where he assists in R&D related to novel MEMS based vacuum microelectronic devices and sensors for chemical detection as well as characterization and development of other carbon nanotube (CNT) devices, circuits, and electronics. While at Duke he has  acquired skills in several additional instruments and characterization tools including but not limited to PECVD, SEM, TEM, AFM, EDS, XPS, and other microfabrication equipment.

He completed his undergraduate studies from the University of South Florida (USF) – Tampa, FL - where his research focused on growth and characterization of Silicon Carbide (SiC) as well as fabrication of SiC MEMS structures for biomedical applications/devices. Erich has also worked alongside his father as an independent electrician, owned a business designing and installing home and car audio/video, and developed skills working in auto mechanics, plumbing, carpentry, and pneumatics.

Erich: "While not at Duke I enjoy spending my free time with my beautiful wife and son and enjoying the outdoors. I love to golf, play sports and exercise, travel, read, and spend time with our families."

Current Positions of Responsibility

  • Co-creator of the Pratt Masters Mentoring and Tutoring Program (Spring 2014)
  • Event leader at the North Science Science Olympiad (Spring 2013)
  • Founder and current Chair of the Duke Materials Research Society University Chapter (February 2013 - present)
  • Mentor to undergraduate students
  • 915 MHz microwave enhanced plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) system technician
  • S. Ubnoske, E. Radauscher, E. Meshot, B. Stoner, C. Parker, B. Stoner, J. Glass; "Integrating carbon nanotube forests into polysilicon MEMS: Growth kinetics, mechanisms, and adhesion";Carbon; Volume 113, March 2017, Pages 192–204; DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.11.047
  • Invited Paper:  Erich J. Radauscher, Charles B. Parker, Kristin H. Gilchrist, Shane Di Dona, Zachary E. Russell, Stephen D. Hall, James B. Carlson, Sonia Grego, Steven J. Edwards, Roger P. Sperline, M. Bonner Denton, Brian R. Stoner, Jeffrey T. Glass, Jason J. Amsden; "A miniature electron ionization source fabricated using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with integrated carbon nanotube (CNT) field emission cathodes and low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC)"; International Journal of Mass Spectrometry; Available online 4 November 2016 - In Press; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2016.10.021
  • E. Radauscher, K. Gilchrist, S. Di Dona, Z. Russell, J. Piascik, J. Amsden, C. Parker, B. Stoner, J. Glass; "Improved Performance of Field Emission Vacuum Microelectronic Devices for Integrated Circuits"; IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices; 63(9):3753 - 3760 · September 2016; DOI: 10.1109/TED.2016.2593905
  • Invited Paper:  Matthew Meitl, Erich Radauscher, Salvatore Bonafede, David Gomez, Tanya Moore, Carl Prevatte, Brook Raymond, Brent Fisher, Kanchan Ghosal, Alin Fecioru, António Jose Trindade, David Kneeburg, Christopher A. Bower; "Invited Paper: Passive Matrix Displays with Transfer-Printed Microscale Inorganic LEDs"; Society for Informational Display - International Symposium - Digest of Technical Papers, May 25th 2016; DOI: 10.1002/sdtp.10748
  • E. Radauscher, K. Gilchrist, S. Di Dona, Z. Russell, J. Piascik, C. Parker, B. Stoner, J. Glass; "Eliminating proximity effects and improving transmission in field emission vacuum microelectronic devices for integrated circuits"; Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), 2015 IEEE International; February 18th 2016; DOI: 10.1109/IEDM.2015.7409819
  • E. Radauscher, A. Keil, M. Wells, J. Amsden, J. Piascik, C. Parker, B. Stoner, J. Glass; "Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry Using Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Electron Sources"; Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry; 2015; July; DOI: 10.1007/S13361-015-1212-0
  • K. H. Gilchrist, E. J. Radauscher, J. R. Piascik, B.R. Stoner, J. J. Amsden, C. B. Parker and J. T. Glass (2014, April, 22nd-24th); "Platform for Integrated Vacuum Microelectronic Circuits"; Vacuum Electronics Conference, 2014; IEEE International. Monterey, CA; DOI: 10.1109/IVEC.2014.6857536


Conference Oral Presentations

  • Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Electron Sources for Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry   /   American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) – St. Louis, MO   /   2015 – June
  • The Effect of Multi-Layer Metal Catalysts on the Performance and Lifetime of MEMS-Based Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Cathodes    /    MRS – Boston, MA    /    2013 – December
  • Detecting Threats One Molecule at a Time: Miniature Mass Spectrometers    /    Duke GradX – NC    /    2013 – October
  • Development of MEMS-based Cathodes for Miniature Mass Spectrometers    /    DHS Industry Day – DC    /    2013 – July
  • Duke MRS University Chapter Inauguration    /    Duke Univ. – NC    /    2013 – March 


Honors, Awards and Professional Activities

  • Recipient of the 2014-2015 Duke University Network for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Duke N3) GP Nano Fellowship
  • Received Duke Materials Research Society (MRS) University Chapter's official chapter charter as founder of Duke MRS
  • HKN IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Nat. Honors Society officer’s award
  • Tau Sigma National Honors Society honoree member award
  • Take Stock in Children Scholar - Full tuition undergraduate scholarship