Fabrication Technologies & Electronic Devices
EMTERC has a long history of the investigation and development of electronic devices and their fabrication; and it is with this in mind that the Centre is moving forward into areas that both builds upon this history and which explores novel methods of fabrication and device development.
Emerging memory devices
The demand for more efficient and faster memory structures is greater today than ever before. The efficiency of memory structures is measured in terms of storage capacity and the speed of functioning. However, the production cost of such configurations is the natural constraint on how much can be achieved. Organic memory devices (OMDs) provide an ideal solution, in being inexpensive, and at the same time promising high performance:
Work carried out within EMTERC in OMDs is at the leading edge of their development and continues to be a vibrant, developing stream of research.
Investigating the electrical charging mechanisms of gold nanoparticles for use in novel memory applications
Low Temperature Large Area Electronics
A great deal of work has been done within the Centre on low temperature processes for the synthesis of electronic materials for large area and flexible electronic applications, e.g. thin film transistors (TFTs); and progress continues to be made in this area including:
The development of an in-house deposition system for thin-film materials
Extensive work on the fabrication of TFTs incorporating zinc oxide.
Liquid phase deposition of insulating materials
Synthesis of organic polymer layers as high performance dielectrics
Analysis of novel high-k materials
The possibilities within the self-assembly paradigm could lead to the development of virtually any functional device or system. An area that is ideal to exploit using this method is the synthesis of nanomaterials using interdisciplinary research methods.
This is a growing area of interest within the Centre where in addition to materials synthesis, the fundamental electronic, optical and other physical properties are analysed. In this manner - and together with investigating potential methods for organisation of such materials - new areas at the interface of different disciplines can be explored for application in e.g. nanoelectronics and nanomedicine.