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Electronic Materials Research Lab

Sputter Chamber Sputter Deposition Chamber

Students working in the lab gain hands on experience that will carry over seamlessly into the workforce, whether pursuing a career in research, teaching or industry.

In our lab, we fabricate and characterize semiconducting thin-films, bulk materials and nanowires. We conduct research in some pretty exciting areas of materials science that directly contributes to the advancement of technologies such as Blu-Ray, liquid crystal displays, bright-light LEDs, UV detectors, gas sensors and much more.

Students working in the lab gain hands on experience that will carry over seamlessly into the workforce, whether pursuing a career in research, teaching or industry. Specifically, our students work on high-vacuum systems, atomic force microscopes, electrical characterization tools, thin-film deposition techniques and much more. We fabricate nanowires 1000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair. We measure currents over 1 trillion times smaller than the currents found in your toaster. We have even been known to play around in the machine shop from time to time, fabricating our own parts.

Our two main projects are currently the following: (1) we are investigating the role of the surface in the electrical properties of the wide band-gap semiconductors ZnO and GaN; and (2) we are fabricating and characterizing ZnO nanowires to study I-V behavior and charge transport properties for this quantum-confined system. We also have a few smaller projects such as the construction of a scanning tunneling microscope that can image surfaces at the atomic level, and incorporating our research into the physics curriculum.