Materials Synthesis and Characterization

The Birck Nanotechnology Center houses researchers who are pushing the boundaries of materials discovery or novel characterization techniques.

Materials discovery efforts employ a wide array of techniques in the fields of hard, soft and 2D materials, with just a few examples being: atomic layer deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, metal organic chemical vapor deposition, and roll-to-roll manufacturing of functional polymer films.

Specialized characterization strengths at Birck include Raman spectroscopy, thermal characterization including thermal transport measurement in thin films and thermoelectric property characterization, atomic force microscopy, XPS, optical characterization of materials properties from visible to IR and with nanometer resolution, and optical based studies of ultrafast dynamics in novel nanoscale materials.