Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Mike Arnold
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering


Research area Developing new methods to synthesize and assemble atomically small structures made from carbon, including carbon nanotubes and nanoribbons of graphene, to enable next-generation electronics.

What excites you about your work? 

“Researchers have long known that carbon in the form of nanotubes or nanoribbons is a better semiconductor than silicon and gallium arsenide, the materials commonly found in today’s computer chips and communications electronics. However, no one has yet been able to create a process for employing carbon nanomaterials commercially due to challenges in synthesizing and assembling them. We are overcoming these challenges through our work on aligning and assembling nanotubes into dense arrays and synthesizing graphene directly into the form of semiconducting nanoribbons.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“Carbon promises to transform what computers and communications devices like cell phones can accomplish for people, by enabling faster, more energy efficient electronics and also new forms of electronics that are flexible, stretchable or transparent. Our research is also leading to new fundamental concepts in science and engineering that have the potential to have an even broader impact on other technologies down the line that will benefit society.

Mike’s work will support the development of next-generation chips that will help drive enhanced wireless and logic technologies for our advanced communication and computing needs. Mike is focused on developing the commercial potential for his research and technologies, and we are excited to be his partner.

– Jeanine Burmania, WARF, Senior Director, IP and Licensing

Want to learn more?

Jeanine Burmania, [email protected], 608.960.9846