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Inorganic and Hybrid Nanomaterials Synthesis

Controlled synthesis of nanostructures and thin films by CVD and PLD using real-time diagnostics, including 2D layered materials (metal chalcogenides, graphene), carbon nanostructures (nanotubes, nanohorns), oxide thin films and heterostructures with atomically-engineered interfaces, as well as hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite films.  Wet/dry assembly of these materials into optoelectronic device architectures (photovoltaic, photocatalytic, ultrafast spectroscopy, environmental testing) over multiple length scales. Visit the Nanomaterials Characterization page to learn about related characterization capabilities available to CNMS users.

Signature Facilities

     Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films

     Pulsed Laser Deposition with in situ Diagnostics

     Thermal CVD

     Controlled Atmosphere Glovebox for Synthesis

Other Facilities

  • Oxide Target Synthesis 
    • Standard facilities for milling, drying, pressing, and sintering of oxide materials, to prepare PLD targets.
  • Sonospray deposition of nanomaterials and organics  
    • Computer-controlled sono-spray deposition of nano materials, polymers, and nano composites from solutions and suspensions for uniform or patterned deposition on small or large areas (up to 1ft x 1ft) with minimum feature size of 1.5 mm. The system enables multilayer deposition on various substrates, including polymers, while controlling the substrate temperature (up to 180C). A micro-syringe pump feeds a solution allowing deposition from small (<10ml) volumes of solution and a dual-syringe configuration allows simultaneous deposition from two different solutions with variable ratio. The system is also equipped with a sono-syringe, to prevent precipitation of material during deposition (min required volume 20ml).
  • Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Perovskite Films and Device Fabrication
    • Formed by solution phase synthesis techniques and spin coating or Sonospray deposition.  Associated layer by layer deposition, processing, and electrode application.
  • 2D Crystal Stamping 
    • ​​​​​​​A microscope based setup to transfer exfoliated or CVD-grown layers of 2D materials from polymer-coated ribbons is available, allowing the stamp-fabrication of 2D heterostructures.

Inorganic and Hybrid Nanomaterials Synthesis