Nanotechnology

                 

Our research in nanotechnology concerns fundamentals of self-assembly related to nanophotonics. A key example is the self-assembly of metallic nickel nanostructures on various substrate materials antecedent to GaN nanowire growth. The nickel functions as catalyst for growth in MOCVD conditions. GaN nanowires grow where the nickel nanostructures self-assemble.

X-ray Diffraction
X-ray Diffraction
SEM Laboratory
SEM Laboratory

We are also interested in nanoscale energetics. Research has addressed the interactions between nickel and aluminum, which exhibit self-propagating high-temperature reaction when deposited in extremely thin layers.

X-ray Reflectivity of Metallic Multilayers
X-ray Reflectivity of Metallic Multilayers
Influence of Ni/Al Thickness on Burn Rate
Influence of Ni/Al Thickness on Burn Rate