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Research project available in Nanotechnology
Research project available in Soft Matter
Nanoimprint lithography of active materials
Research supervisor:
Prof. Graham Cross
Nanomechanics Group
Scientific Background / Current Research
Materials often exhibit markedtly different behaviour on the nanoscale, from
changes in mechanical properties such as elastic modulus, to deviations in thermal
properties and phobicity. As industry moves towards manufacturing and processing
that involves nanoscale dimensions and components, it becomes increasingly
important to understand - and ultimately control - the properties of relevant active
materials at the nanoscale.
The aim of this project will be to leverage knowledge about the nanoscale physics
and stress-strain mechanics of organic materials, derived from experiment and
simulation, and combined with large-area fabrication techniques such as
nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and roll-to-roll imprint systems, develop innovative
ways of patterning materials in order to create functional nanostructure. For
example, one might seek to use controlled elastoplastic deformation to locally
modify the properties of a conductive conjugated polymer, active organic material
such as those used in organic light emitting diodes and field effect transistors
(OLED/OFET), or even biomaterials.
The possibility exists to apply for a funded
Masters project based on this work.
Contact details
Email: [email protected] Room: SNIAMS 1.10
Tel: +353 1 896 3024
More information / References
Rowland et al. ACS Nano 2 (2008) 419; Hassanzadeh
et al. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2 (2014) 2416
© 22 January 2015, School of Physics, TCD