Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Advanced sputtering tool will help leading laboratory's research into piezoelectric and pyroelectric transducers, and pec cells for the hydrogen econo

Abstract:
*low cost electrodes for long-life, solar-based hydrogen production is one focus of research

Advanced sputtering tool will help leading laboratory's research into piezoelectric and pyroelectric transducers, and pec cells for the hydrogen econo

Newhaven, UK and Bucharest, Romania | Posted on August 12th, 2008

Romania's National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP) has ordered an advanced sputtering tool from Surrey NanoSystems, to support fundamental research into oxide materials including piezoelectric and pyroelectric thin films, and photoelectrochemical cells to support the hydrogen economy.

NIMP chose a configuration of Surrey NanoSystems' Gamma tool, an advanced PVD (plasma vapour deposition) sputtering system. The technical decision was made primarily because of the tool's very high quality of thin film deposition and flexibility of application.

The tool will be used by researchers in NIMP's Laboratory of Ceramic Oxidic Materials. Among the applications being researched by the laboratory are piezoelectric and pyroelectric thin films, temperature sensors and photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells to support hydrogen production by means of water splitting. The latter application is a promising technique to accelerate the development of a hydrogen economy, and NIMP is exploring a number of ideas related to the manufacture of electrodes for PEC cells that can split water with high efficiency, yet be manufactured from low-cost materials and offer the durability required for consumer applications.

Among the key specifications for NIMP is the Gamma tool's very high vacuum capability of 5 x 10-9 Torr, which is as much as two orders of magnitude higher than some other commercially available sputtering systems, as this provides an exceptionally pure environment to aid uniform film deposition. This is supported by an optical heating facility to pre-treat substrates by driving off moisture.

Surrey NanoSystems is additionally fitting the tool with a brand new reactive gas control system. Instead of a conventional DC pulse controlled process, the Gamma tool will use optical emission spectroscopy to control a high performance gas injection system, providing NIMP researchers with additional fine control over the characteristics and quality of film deposition.

Features included to support flexibility of application include the ability to configure the system to support up to four sputtering target materials. This makes it possible to deposit a very broad variety of thin films including metallic films (platinum, titanium and aluminium), ceramic oxides (PZT, BaTiO3), oxide films (TiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3), as well as seeding layers to obtain highly textured surfaces. The Gamma tool is also able to deposit films at high temperatures up to 800 degrees C and anneal materials without breaking the vacuum.

"The Gamma tool is highly configurable, and it allowed us to install all the key facilities we need to support our laboratory's work," says Marius-Cristian Cioangher of NIMP. "Flexibility of set up and control is another important aspect of the tool, and Gamma's graphical MIMIC-style display makes it easy to create and refine application-specific processing recipes."

The National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP-Bucharest, Romania) came into being in 1977 by the union of laboratories belonging to the Institute of Physics (founded in 1956) ,supervised by Romanian Academy, and the Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA-Bucharest) (founded in 1949). In the early period, the activity was focused on the basic research in condensed matter physics, with new and important results especially in the field of amorphous semiconductors.Then, much effort was devoted to applied research, devices and technologies based on new advanced materials. Today, NIMP Bucharest is devoted to fundamental and applied research and development, with particular emphasis in the fields of solid state physics and materials research. NIMP is a centre of excellence for international cooperation (R&D projects and networks with support for EU, bilateral agreements) and high-level education (PhD, MSc, postgraduate -training courses) and provides a frame for interdisciplinary research in the materials science. Esentially, recent work has has tried to develop a balanced policy of basic and application-oriented research. The institute has about 250 staff, including 174 scientific workers (14 PhD supervisors, 89 doctors, 59 PhD students), 41 research assistants and 32 administrative personnel. More information: www.infim.ro

####

About Surrey NanoSystems
Surrey NanoSystems produces the world's most advanced tools and Carbon Nanotube processing recipes - making precision, repeatable nanotube and nanowire fabrication a reality. Our designed-for-purpose tools bridge the gap between R&D initiatives, and the volume production of commercial nanotechnology-based products.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Surrey NanoSystems
Euro Business Park, Building 24,
Newhaven, BN9 0DQ, UK.
t: +44 (0)1273 515899

Copyright © Surrey NanoSystems

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Quantum states in a nano-object manipulated using a mechanical system August 3rd, 2015

Nanoparticles used to breach mucus barrier in lungs: Proof-of-concept study conducted in mice a key step toward better treatments for lung diseases August 3rd, 2015

Promising Step Taken in Iran towards Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury August 3rd, 2015

Diagnosis of Salmonella Bacterium-Caused Food Poisoning by Biosensors August 3rd, 2015

Announcements

Quantum states in a nano-object manipulated using a mechanical system August 3rd, 2015

Nanoparticles used to breach mucus barrier in lungs: Proof-of-concept study conducted in mice a key step toward better treatments for lung diseases August 3rd, 2015

Promising Step Taken in Iran towards Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury August 3rd, 2015

Diagnosis of Salmonella Bacterium-Caused Food Poisoning by Biosensors August 3rd, 2015

Tools

University of Puerto Rico announces August 11th as the launch date for their NASA mission to look for life in space XEI reports August 3rd, 2015

Thin films offer promise for ferroelectric devices: Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology demystify the ferroelectric properties observed in hafnium-oxide-based thin films, revealing a potentially useful device material August 3rd, 2015

Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics July 31st, 2015

Take a trip through the brain July 30th, 2015

Energy

Transparent, electrically conductive network of encapsulated silver nanowires: A novel electrode for optoelectronics August 1st, 2015

Springer and Tsinghua University Press present the second Nano Research Award: Paul Alivisatos of the University of California Berkeley receives the honor for outstanding contributions in nanoscience July 30th, 2015

Controlling Dynamic Behavior of Carbon Nanosheets in Structures Made Possible July 30th, 2015

March 2016; 6th Int'l Conference on Nanostructures in Iran July 29th, 2015

New-Contracts/Sales/Customers

Liquipel Debuts Eyesight-Saving ION-Glass Blue Light Protection for iPhones and Androids at RadioShack Stores Nationwide: Liquipel's Unique Protective Screen, Available at RadioShack, Cuts Harmful Blue Light Implicated in Macular Degeneration by 10x July 28th, 2015

Dais Analytic's Business Affiliate in China Announces Ten-Year Strategic Energy Efficiency Business Arrangement With COFCO: Dais Beijing to Perform Feasibility Study on Over 80 Buildings to Improve Efficiencies as Part of Overall Hotel Energy-Savings Project July 23rd, 2015

Renishaw adds Raman analysis to Scanning Electron Microscopy at the University of Sydney, Australia July 9th, 2015

Oxford Instruments TritonXL Cryofree dilution refrigerator selected for the Oxford NQIT Quantum Technology Hub project June 30th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project