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Functional Nanostructured Materials Group

We develop measurement methods, models, data, and standards for the electrical, chemical, and magnetic properties of nanostructured inorganic materials, including metals and semiconductors, related to microstructure and processing. We are experts in nanostructure fabrication, in situ processing measurements, models for process control, and microscopy for improving the performance of these materials for energy, electronics, and other applications.

Group Competence

  • Deposition and evaporation of thin films and alloys
  • Electrodeposition of metals and alloys
  • Magnetic materials characterization
  • Growth of nanowires and creation of devices
    • Gallium-nitride and wide bandgap nanowires
    • Silicon and germanium nanowires
  • Measurements for evaluation of hydrogen in materials
  • Development of microscopy methods
  • Measurements of stress in thin films

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Projects and Programs

Electrochemical Processes

In this project we are developing in situ measurements relevant to the electrochemical fabrication, processing, and application of nanostructured materials and

Metrology of Magnetic Materials

Our aim is to develop the metrology for quantitative measurements of magnetic properties, including properties and property distributions in multilayer systems


Rydberg Excitons and Trions in Monolayer MoTe2

Souvik Biswas, Aurélie Champagne, Jonah Haber, supavit pokawanvit, Joeson Wong, Hamidreza Akbari, Sergiy Krylyuk, Kenji Watanabe, Albert Davydov, Zakaria Al Balushi, Felipe H. da Jornada, Diana Qiu, Jeffrey Neaton, Harry Atwater
Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) semiconductors exhibit strong excitonic optical resonances which serve as a microscopic, non-invasive probe



An electron hologram is a fringe modulated image containing the amplitude and phase information of an electron transparent object. The HolograFREE routines