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Dr. Brandon "Don" Conover
Dr. Brandon "Don" Conover

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Director of Research
Bennett Aerospace
Cary, NC
Email: bconover@bennettaerospace.com

Educational Consultant
The Science House @ NCSU
Raleigh, NC

Education
PhD Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering), North Carolina State University, 2010
MS Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2006
BSE Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2003

Research Interests


OLEG Research

While with OLEG, my primary area of research was optofluidics. This area of science concerns the ability to manipulate organic and inorganic micro- and nano-scale objects including various cell and organelle types, proteins, colloidal polymers, and nanostructures such as dots, tubes and wires. Using enhanced optical tweezers and a novel approach to 3D optical interference patterns, there is no invasive damage to the particles. In addition to the accurate analytical modelings, results will include massively parallel arrangements of optical traps, able to sort bio-particles (e.g. blood cells), support growing tissue without a scaffold (e.g. bone and skin), and pattern arrays of individual nanodots/magnets and polymers (for novel magnetic, electronic and optical materials). We are also exploring non-contact ways to directly manipulate suspended nanotubes/wires and place them on patterned substrates to achieve high-yield of many the nano-devices popularly envisioned (e.g. field effect sensors, transistors).

My secondary project was the design and instruction of the undergraduate/graduate course, Organic Electronics and LCDs.

Teaching and Outreach

Soft Electronics: Organic Electronics and LCDs Co-Instructor with M. J. Escuti

This course focuses on the foundational principles of organic electronic and photonic devices, whose operation is fundamentally based on “soft” condensed-matter principles and materials. We will focus on current research efforts in a variety of organic devices, including flat-panel-displays (LCDs and Organic LEDs), transistor-based electronics, and solar cells. We will build from the traditional foundation of EE students in semiconductor materials and address the differences in physical properties, fabrication processes, and device limitations/advantages. Topics will include electronic transport and light emission, self-assembly and partial-order, lightwave propagation, and fabrication. A modest set of laboratory experiments will be included where students will fabricate the following devices: a single-pixel liquid crystal display, a polymer light-emitting-diode, a polymer field-effect-transistor, and an organic photovoltaic solar cell.

Publications

Thesis & Dissertation

  • BL Conover, "Analytical Model of Particle Motion in Optical Interference Landscapes and Laminar Flow," M.S. thesis, Dept. Elect. Comp. Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, 2006.


Journal Articles

  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "Modeling anisotropically-shaped particles within optical landscapes and laminar flow," Physical Review E, (in preparation).


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "Laboratory teaching modules on organic electronics and LCDs for undergraduate and graduate education," American Journal of Physics, (in preparation).


  • BL Conover, D Li, HK Kim, "Analysis of a strain-induced Y-branch channel waveguide structure formed in a bulk sapphire substrate," Optical Communications, (under revision).


Conference Abstracts and Proceedings

  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti "Laboratory teaching modules on organic electronics and liquid crystal displays for undergraduate and graduate education," in Physics and Technology of Organic Semiconductor Devices, edited by M Baldo, PWM Blom, A Kahn, and P Peumans, Proc. MRS, vol. 1115, art. no. 1115-H08-033, 2008.
    (Online (pdf) | Abstract | Poster Download (pdf))


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "Anisotropic particle motion in optical landscapes modeled via the T-matrix optical scattering approach," Proc. SPIE - Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, vol. 7038, art. no. 703819, 2008.
    (Online (pdf) | Abstract)


  • RW Going, BL Conover, and MJ Escuti, "Electrostatic force and torque description of generalized spheroidal particles in optical landscapes," Proc. SPIE - Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, vol. 7038, art. no. 703826, 2008.
    (Online (pdf) | Abstract)


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "Modeling anisotropic particle behavior within optical landscapes in microfluidic systems," 82nd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, 2008.
    (Abstract)


  • C Oh, RK Komanduri, BL Conover, and MJ Escuti, "Polarization-independent modulation using standard liquid crystal microdisplays and polymer polarization gratings," International Display Research Conference, vol. 28, pp. 298 - 301, 2008.
    (Online (pdf))


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "Modeling microfluidic motion of particles with anisotropic shape within optical landscapes," OSA Optics in the Southeast & HONET, p. SE03-B5, 2006.


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "The response of particles with anisotropic shape within an optical landscape and laminar flow," Proc. SPIE - Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation III, vol. 6326, art. no. 632614, 2006.
    (Online (pdf) | Abstract)


  • BL Conover and MJ Escuti, "The response of particles with anisotropic shape within an optical landscape and laminar flow," CLEO/IQES and PhAST Technical Digest, p. JTuD41, 2006.


  • WM Jones, BL Conover, and MJ Escuti, "Evaluation of projection schemes for the liquid crystal polarization grating operating on unpolarized light," SID Symposium Digest, vol. 37, pp. 1015-1018, 2006.
    (Online (pdf) | Abstract)