Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Smaller is Better as UCR Enhances its Ability to Nanoscale

Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering.
Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering.

Abstract:
New reactor installed at Bourns College of Engineering sparks the beginning of a new nanofabrication research center.

Smaller is Better as UCR Enhances its Ability to Nanoscale

Riverside, CA | Posted on August 6th, 2009

A dedicated laboratory space on the UCR campus moves Bourns College of Engineering another step closer to a more comprehensive nanoengineering center. The space at Pierce Hall is now home to an advanced metal, organic, chemical, vapor, deposition (MOCVD) reactor.

An MOCVD reactor is used to fabricate nanostructures including nanowires (structures that have a thickness or diameter constrained to tens of nanometers or less and an unconstrained length) and thin films having precisely controlled dimensions for applications in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics.

"The new facility will be used for research in nanowire fabrics, transistor arrays, solar cells and sensors, and will provide materials for many other nanoengineering applications," said Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering. "It's a very important addition to our arsenal of tools."

This technology will enable researchers to produce superior material quality and process efficiency.

"One area to benefit from the advanced technology will be the production of flexible, low-cost, high-performance solar cells composed of group III-V nanowires, which are expected to provide higher conversion efficiencies compared to thin film technologies," Ozkan said. "Nanowires having typical dimensions of 10-100 nm diameter and 1-5 micron length permit electrons and holes to be collected before they can recombine (loss) and maximize absorption. We are starting to do research on multisegment or heterojunction nanowire solar cells that can absorb a greater range of the light spectrum, compared to what you could achieve with conventional silicon based solar cells."

The vast range of applications including solar cells for automotive, household and military applications, and personal applications including mobile devices like cell phones and laptop computers, will greatly benefit from the new solar technologies.

This move will also expand collaboration outside the university. "It will bring more researchers together," Ozkan said. "We can offer more materials that will benefit all engineering disciplines as well as physics, chemistry, and biology."

This new nanofabrication tool adds to a variety of technologies available to Bourns researchers including molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), chemical vapor deposition (CVD) material growth facilities and micro-Raman characterization equipment. The next leap in nanotechnology at UCR is the 2010 completion of the $66 million Materials Science and Engineering Building, which includes a 20,000-square-foot clean-room facility.

####

About University of California, Riverside
The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment of about 17,000 is expected to grow to 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is planning a medical school and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. To learn more, visit www.ucr.edu or call (951) UCR-NEWS.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Media Relations
900 University Avenue
University Village 204B
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008

Copyright © University of California, Riverside

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 Links

Bourns College of Engineering

Related News Press

Laboratories

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 28th, 2015

News and information

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 28th, 2015

New electronic stent could provide feedback and therapy — then dissolve May 27th, 2015

Technology for Tomorrow’s Market Opportunities and Challenges: LetiDays Grenoble Presents the Possibilities: June 24-25 Event Includes Focus on IoT-Augmented Mobility and Leti’s Latest Results on Silicon Technologies, Sensors, Health Applications and Smart Cities May 27th, 2015

Arrowhead to Present at Jefferies 2015 Healthcare Conference May 27th, 2015

Chip Technology

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 28th, 2015

Advance in quantum error correction: Protocol corrects virtually all errors in quantum memory, but requires little measure of quantum states May 27th, 2015

Technology for Tomorrow’s Market Opportunities and Challenges: LetiDays Grenoble Presents the Possibilities: June 24-25 Event Includes Focus on IoT-Augmented Mobility and Leti’s Latest Results on Silicon Technologies, Sensors, Health Applications and Smart Cities May 27th, 2015

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery: ANU media release: An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process May 27th, 2015

Sensors

Technology for Tomorrow’s Market Opportunities and Challenges: LetiDays Grenoble Presents the Possibilities: June 24-25 Event Includes Focus on IoT-Augmented Mobility and Leti’s Latest Results on Silicon Technologies, Sensors, Health Applications and Smart Cities May 27th, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Record high sensitive Graphene Hall sensors May 21st, 2015

Graphene enables tunable microwave antenna May 15th, 2015

Nanoelectronics

Technology for Tomorrow’s Market Opportunities and Challenges: LetiDays Grenoble Presents the Possibilities: June 24-25 Event Includes Focus on IoT-Augmented Mobility and Leti’s Latest Results on Silicon Technologies, Sensors, Health Applications and Smart Cities May 27th, 2015

One step closer to a single-molecule device: Columbia Engineering researchers first to create a single-molecule diode -- the ultimate in miniaturization for electronic devices -- with potential for real-world applications May 25th, 2015

Basel physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents May 23rd, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Announcements

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 28th, 2015

Nanotechnology identifies brain tumor types through MRI 'virtual biopsy' in animal studies: If results are confirmed in humans, tumor cells could someday be diagnosed by MRI imaging and treated with tumor-specific IV injections; new NIH grant will fund future study May 27th, 2015

Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology May 27th, 2015

Controlled Release of Anticorrosive Materials in Spot by Nanocarriers May 27th, 2015

Tools

Seeing the action: UCSB researchers develop a novel device to image the minute forces and actions involved in cell membrane hemifusion May 27th, 2015

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery: ANU media release: An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process May 27th, 2015

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules May 23rd, 2015

Nanometrics Announces Live Webcast of Upcoming Investor and Analyst Day May 20th, 2015

Solar/Photovoltaic

Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient solar cells May 26th, 2015

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1 percent: Aalto University's researchers improved their previous record by over 3 absolute percents in cooperation with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya May 18th, 2015

Wearables may get boost from boron-infused graphene: Rice U. researchers flex muscle of laser-written microsupercapacitors May 18th, 2015

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations May 16th, 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