Micro and Nanoscale Material/ Device Development and Analysis, Surface Engineering
The Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC) focuses on micro and nano materials and electronic devices. These range from fundamental materials research (fabricating novel materials, understanding basic physical mechanisms) to investigating device applications in power electronics and display technologies. The EMTERC is involved in activities that range from the production of bespoke materials, the design of the devices themselves through to their integration in end-user systems.
Current and recent projects have included Poly-Silicon and II-VI compound semiconductor Solar Cells, Nanoscale Re-writable Non-Volatile Polymer Memory Arrays (EPSRC) and Nanoscale Material Systems for Healthcare Applications.
The EMTERC carries out interdisciplinary research in the following areas:
- Energy - Focusing on innovative ways to generate electrical energy using methods and modalities at the micro and nanoscale. The main stream of energy research is based on photovoltaics with the aim to develop more efficient technologies for low cost/large area applications. There are three current areas of research, silicon (poly-crystalline silicon and nano-wire silicon) Solar Cells, CuZnSnSe solar cells and Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Devices.
Nano-Materials - Due the potential of nanomaterials for addressing issues ranging from energy generation to healthcare applications, the EMTERC has a continually developing stream based on their growth, production and integration into functional devices. This area is divided into two:
- Fabrication Technologies and Electronic Devices - The EMTERC has a long history in the investigation and development of electronic devices and their fabrication. Therefore the Centre is moving forward into areas that both builds upon this history and which explores novel methods of fabrication and device development. This area is divided into three:
- Surface Engineering - surface hardening, wear and corrosion resistant coatings, materials testing, tribological testing, corrosion testing, tribocorrosion testing.
- Leading-edge expertise
- Flexible approach to solving research problems
- Rapid turnaround
- Access to enabling funds for innovation
The EMTERC has a number of laboratories to deliver our expertise for research purposes, the potential usage of which can be arranged in the first instance via the contact details below.
- Device Fabrication: A clean room with Class 100 under the benches, a double-sided EVG 620 mask aligner with 1 micron alignment capability and wet/dry benches, three deposition chamber PECVD/RIE system, Langmuir-Blodgett trough for molecules and nano particles deposition, spin-coater, dip-coater, RF/DC magnetron sputtering, evaporators, vertical stack furnaces.
- DC Characterization: Including four wafer-level probe chucks for temperatures ranging from room temperature to 800 K. These are supported by HP4884 (an LCR bridge), HP4142B (modular DC source/monitor), HP4140B (pico-ammeter), a Lot Oriel solar simulator and ancillary systems. A deep level transient spectroscope (DLTS).
- Metrology: SPM (Up to 473K) with numerous measuring modes including: atomic force microscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy and electric force microscopy, plus further electrical, capacitance and magnetic modes; Scanning electron microscopy for sample inspection down to 30nm.
- Surface engineering system testing: friction and wear testing, corrosion testing, tribocorrosion testing, material failure analysis
Professional fees and charges
Please contact us to discuss your requirements and our relevant pricing structures for our services.
Who we have worked with
The EMTRC has collaborated with:
- Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
- Kings College London
- Wroclaw University of Technology
- Rutgers University (USA)
- Penn State (USA)
- The University of Birmingham
- Polish Academy of Sciences
- National Physical Laboratory (UK)
- IMEL/NCSR Demokritos
- Pepsico Inc
- Kettleby Foods Ltd
- Tata Steel
Past and Current Projects include:
- Automotive Products for High temperature requirements offered by Device Innovation and Technology Enhancements' (APHRODITE) (ON Semiconductor)
- Nanoscale Re-Writable non-volatile polymer memory arrays (EPSRC)
- Electrical Charging Nanobits (NPL)
- Poly-Silicon Solar Cell
- CuZnSnSe Solar Cells
- Higher Efficency 3D Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells
- Organic Photovoltaic Solare Cell
- Plastic Compatible Electronic Memory Devices
- Low-Temperature Si Non-volatile memory- European Integrated Activity of Excellence and Networking for Nano and Micro-Electronics Analysis (ANNA) (FP6)
- Surface hardening of stainless steels
- Tribocorrosion behaviour of surface engineered materials
- Surface hardening of titanium and its alloys.
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