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Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to “discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost.”  Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools.
The 2DCC-MIP is funded by NSF cooperative agreement DMR-1539916.

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Next 2DCC Webinar:

Thursday February 25, 2021


Probing the first layer of atoms: manipulating and observing matter in nanoscale self-organized systems

Jean Paul Allain, Penn State University  

Deciphering self-organization mechanisms of nanostructures (e.g. nanodots, ripples) and low-dimensional state systems (e.g. 2D materials, ultrathin films, etc...) on complex materials (i.e. compound semiconductors [1], alloys, metallic glass [2]) via low-energy ion beam irradiation is critical to manipulate functionality in nanostructured systems. By operating at ultra-low energies near the damage threshold, irradiation-driven defect engineering can be optimized (e.g. 10-500 eV).  Tunability of optical, electronic, magnetic and nuclear detection properties is realized by reaching metastable phases controlled by irradiation. This talk summarizes emerging research that exploits irradiation-driven materials modification with applications in: nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, biomaterials and nuclear detection.  Furthermore advances of in-situ analysis conducted during modification to correlate tunable irradiation synthesis and device performance will be summarized [3]. 


[1] M Lively et al. Sci. Reports 10, (2020) 8253

[2] P. Luo et al. ACS Appl. Nano Mater 3, 12 (2020) 12025

[3] J.P. Allain and A. Shetty, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50, 28 (2017) 283002


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