Cohort Three innovator Lauren Otto, founder of Laminera, was recently profiled by her alma mater Bethel University, where she studied physics and mathematics as an undergraduate before completing her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The article traces the origins of Otto's work on atomic layer deposition (ALD) of conductive ceramics, follows her path through graduate school and Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry, and touches on her Christian faith. Read an excerpt below or check out the full article here.
Though ALD of some conductive ceramics already exists in research-scale environments, Otto believes Laminera’s technique will be better suited for higher-quality materials and the industrial-scale manufacturing of hard disk drives or other upcoming technologies. She’s excited about the possibilities of this technique and for the future of Laminera: “There’s a lot to explore, lots of potential,” she says. “If I can make the surface of something conductive, then I can use this not only in the hard disk drive industry where I got started, but also potentially elsewhere in semiconductor fabrication, like in integrated circuits or solid state data storage, with batteries or solar technology, or high surface area electrodes for supercapacitors and water desalination devices.”