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Oluwadamilola (Dami) Phillips
Sacrificial polymers for MEMS application
Background - Biodegradable electronics, or transient electronics, are an emerging field of technology. The paradigm for the electronics industry has always been creating stable materials. A new approach of decomposing electronics in a controlled, programmable manner is of interest for "vanishing sensors" which don’t have to be retrieved or destroyed so as to avoid reverse engineering and can also be returned to the environment in a friendly way. Sacrificial polymers are of general interest and may be used to form components and physical structures for these sensors. This can improve the mechanical and electronic properties by having these sacrificial polymers as fillers for the devices that vaporize into a harmless gas upon a triggering mechanism. The ability to opticallly trigger decomposition at ambient temperature can lead to many applications for component structures.
- Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, expected May 2018
- B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, May 2013
- GEM Fellowship - sponsored by Intel Corporation, May 2013 - Present
Y. Xi, L.Liu, Y.Hwang, O. Phillips, F. Ren, et.al, Study of hydrogen detection response time with Pt-gated diodes fibracted on AlGaN/GaN heterostructure, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 31, 032202 (2013)
I was born in Los Angeles, California but I grew up most of my life in Tampa, Florida. During my undergraduate career, I conducted research into the detection response time of high electron mobility transistors to detect hydrogen gas for applications in spacecraft fuel cells. I had the opportunity to travel to Chandler, Arizona to intern three times with Intel Corpation in their fabrication plants as a process engineer in lithography and plasma etching.
I am an avid soccer fan and have played soccer my entire life. I was the captain of my soccer team in highschool. My club soccer team won 3 Florida state cup championships and placed 3rd in the national championships. One of my passions is mentoring younger engineers through programs and clubs such as the National Society of Black Engineers and the UF STEPUP programn. I have also had the opportunity to video blog for the STAYWITHIT campaign, which is an initiative born from the President Obama's Council of Jobs and Competitivness to adress the shortage and retention of engineers in America.