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Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials

The Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory (NPL) covers a number of Research Themes including:

(i) novel materials for blue-ultraviolet electroluminescence on Si,
(ii) advanced non-destructive electronic nanomaterials characterisation,
(iii) advanced plasma process control and diagnostics and
(iv) ultrafast spectroscopy.

The group is equipped with facilities for material growth and processing using a number of techniques including liquid phase epitaxy, physical vapour deposition, magnetron sputtering, plasma etching and sol-gel deposition. It has class 100 clean room and facilities for fabrication of semiconductor devices. There is a heavy emphasis on nanomaterials characterisation especially photoacoustic spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, deep level transient spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. In addition NPL works in conjunction with HASYLAB in Hamburg and ANKA in Karlsruhe on synchrotron X-ray topography.

For more details visit http://www.eeng.dcu.ie/~npl

Research areas

  • Strained silicon materials and device analysis
  • Development of thin film materials, material deposition techniques and plasma process control
  • Growth and development of novel photonic structures for Si technology platforms
  • Advanced nanocharacterisation technology: micro-Raman spectroscopy, deep level transient spectroscopy, x-ray topography.
  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • High-Level Synthesis, Hardware Description Languages

Research Interests within Nanoelectronics and Materials

Professor P.J. McNally, BE, Sc.M., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI, C.Phys., FinstP, SMIEEE
- Nanomaterials and electronic device process characterisation
- Synchrotron X-ray topography
- Semiconductor dislocation studies
- Wide-bandgap semiconductors
- Photoacoustic spectroscopy of semiconductors

Dr. X. Wang, B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEE
- High-level logic synthesis
- Rapid system prototyping

Dr. S. Daniels, B.Eng., Ph.D.
- Micro/nano-electronic manufacture
- Twin film deposition and characterisation
- Process diagnostics

Research Laboratories

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