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Fundamental Research Areas

Materials Characterization

Structure-property relations are a key component of materials science. Characterization techniques are used to probe a materials structure, either optically, electronically, magnetically, or through mechanical means. The elemental makeup of materials can be determined through a large number of techniques, including x-ray fluorescence, mass spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction.

Nanowires & Devices

Nanowires are near one- dimensional structures that typically have a length-to-width ratio of a thousand or more. Because of their small diameters (on the order of a few nanometers), nanowires can exhibit unusual quantum effects that differ from the properties of the same materials in bulk. Nanowires are made from a number of materials, including silicon, metals, dielectrics and a variety of composite materials. Nanowires are commonly grown by a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism using chemical vapor deposition and by molecular beam epitaxy techniques.


Using epitaxy and the misfit strain imposed by an underlying substrate, the properties of oxides can be dramatically altered


Parylene coated MEMS based piezoelectric ultrasound transducer array

Faculty Experts: 
Uchino, Kenji
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