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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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In this project we develop and apply electrochemical and surface science principles to the study of advanced wet chemical deposition processes and emerging

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


Raman Spectroscopy of Phonon States in NbTe4 and TaTe4 Quasi-1D van der Waals Crystals

Zahra Ebrahim Nataj, Fariborz Kargar, Sergiy Krylyuk, Topojit Debnath, Maedeh Taheri, Subhajit Ghosh, Huairuo Zhang, Albert Davydov, Roger Lake, Alexander Balandin
We report the results of polarization-dependent Raman spectroscopy of phonon states in single-crystalline quasi-one-dimensional NbTe4 and TaTe4 van der Waals



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