Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Novel Nanomaterial System Will Help Create Materials Of The Future – For Applications From Semiconductors To Energy Conversion

A radical novel design concept for the growth of carbon nanotubes over large-area using a top-down CVD process allows high energy delivery to the catalyst whilst maintaining the substrate below 350 °C. Raman, EELS and HREM confirm the quality of the nanotubes is comparable with conventional catalytic nanotube growth at temperatures above 700 °C. †
A radical novel design concept for the growth of carbon nanotubes over large-area using a top-down CVD process allows high energy delivery to the catalyst whilst maintaining the substrate below 350 °C. Raman, EELS and HREM confirm the quality of the nanotubes is comparable with conventional catalytic nanotube growth at temperatures above 700 °C. †

Abstract:
Materials to bypass semiconductor roadblocks are major target for first users

Novel Nanomaterial System Will Help Create Materials Of The Future – For Applications From Semiconductors To Energy Conversion

Newhaven, UK | Posted on January 10th, 2011

Surrey NanoSystems announces the first sales of its innovative new nanomaterial growth system, the NanoGrowth-Catalyst, to the École Polytechnique of Montreal, and the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute.

These leading research organizations have chosen the NanoGrowth-Catalyst as a platform for their work on materials including carbon nanotubes, silicon nanowires, graphene and nanoparticles for semiconductor, optical device and other applications. The growth system's multi-chamber design ensures the purest nanomaterial processing conditions by continuously maintaining the substrate under vacuum, from the deposition of catalysts to growth of materials.

One NanoGrowth-Catalyst system will be installed in Montreal, where it will support a wide range of research groups from the École Polytechnique and The University of Montreal studying topics including microelectronics, optoelectronics, and thin film physics.

This system will be populated with every major processing facility available including three processing chambers served by an automated handling system, and growth techniques including CVD, PECVD, nanoparticle deposition, sputtering, thermal annealing, and rapid thermal processing. It will also incorporate a unique form of rapid thermal growth for nanomaterials developed to prevent the agglomeration of catalyst particles. The configuration of the tool was specified by Professor Patrick Desjardins, Director of the École Polytechnique's Department of Engineering Physics.


One research group using the system will be the University of Montreal's chemistry department, led by Professor Richard Martel. The group's interests are very broad ranging, and include device-oriented programs looking at electronics, optoelectronics, sensing technologies and energy conversion, and fundamental research into the phenomena occurring at the interfaces of electroactive nanostructure materials - through projects including the deposition of controlled-size nanoparticles and passivation layers.

Dr Pierre Levesque of the University of Montreal's chemistry department comments: "We were looking for a very capable system that could support wide-ranging research, and which is easy to use. The very high-level software-controlled automation of nanomaterial processing offered by NanoGrowth-Catalyst gives us this versatility."

The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) is a partner to Surrey NanoSystems and has already been using an earlier version of the NanoGrowth system for around four years to support its research into next-generation semiconductor and photonic device technologies. ATI is the first customer to receive the new NanoGrowth-Catalyst, and the system's advanced processing resources are now starting to play a role in its work. Facilities including the rapid infrared heating process and a water-cooled chuck are helping ATI to grow ordered carbon nanotube (CNT) structures while maintaining the substrate below 350 degrees C. Low temperature processing is critical as CNTs are typically grown at around 700 degrees C - a level that is incompatible with CMOS semiconductor fabrication. This pioneering semiconductor-related work is currently the subject of a current ATI paper in the journal Carbon†.

"The top-down infrared heating technique provided by this tool allows us to localize energy delivery very accurately", says Professor Ravi Silva, Head of the Nano-Electronics Centre at the Advanced Technology Institute. "The system provides unparalleled control of processing parameters, giving the required flexibility to support research into nanoelectronic materials - including carbon nanotubes, graphene and silicon nanowires - enabling us to overcome roadblocks to ongoing semiconductor development."

"Some researchers are still relying on simple thermal furnaces to develop nanomaterials", explains Ben Jensen of Surrey NanoSystems. "The NanoGrowth system's comprehensive suite of deposition and processing capabilities, plus end-to-end processing in vacuum, gives both researchers and commercial developers precise and automated control over catalyst deposition and material growth, to explore nanomaterial capabilities and turn ideas into repeatable production processes."

In addition to these sales, Surrey NanoSystems has built a third system for its in-house nanomaterials research effort, targeting materials for new forms of conducting via structures and dielectric materials to support the continued scaling of semiconductor devices. This system has three processing chambers, automated handling, and includes every processing option available, providing the best possible platform for research. Spare capacity on this tool will be made available to universities and their researchers working in related fields.

Surrey NanoSystems is represented in the USA by Axiom Resources Technologies.

† The paper appears in volume 49, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 280-285;
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2010.09.021.

NanoGrowth is a registered trade mark of Surrey NanoSystems.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Media contact:
Ben Jensen, CTO, Surrey NanoSystems
t: +44 (0) 1273 515899
e:

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

Axiom Resources Technologies, Inc., 4430-C East Miraloma Avenue, Placentia, CA
92807, USA.
www.axrtech.com;
t: 714-974-4141;

Contact: Greg Mills

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

University of Tehran Researchers Invent Non-Enzyme Sensor to Detect Blood Sugar April 23rd, 2014

Gold nanoparticles help target, quantify breast cancer gene segments in a living cell April 23rd, 2014

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

Thin films

Atomic switcheroo explains origins of thin-film solar cell mystery April 23rd, 2014

Academic/Education

Global leader in solar cell manufacturing eyes New York for major expansion outside of Japan: CNSE and Solar Frontier Explore $700 Million Investment, Job Creation in New York State April 22nd, 2014

University of Waterloo Visits China to Strengthen Bonds With Research Partners April 21st, 2014

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’ April 7th, 2014

First annual science week highlights STEM pipeline and partnerships: UB, SUNY Buffalo State and ECC team up with the City of Buffalo and its schools for April 7-11 events April 3rd, 2014

Nanotubes/Buckyballs

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Amino-functionalized carbon nanotubes act as a carrier for nerve growth factor April 21st, 2014

Effects of Carbon Nanotubes Studied on Pregnant Mothers April 12th, 2014

Nanotech Business Review 2013-2014 April 9th, 2014

Nanoelectronics

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics: New research directs charges through single molecules April 21st, 2014

Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities April 12th, 2014

Catching the (Invisible) Wave: UC Santa Barbara researchers create a unique semiconductor that manipulates light in the invisible infrared/terahertz range, paving the way for new and enhanced applications April 11th, 2014

Nanotech Business Review 2013-2014 April 9th, 2014

Materials/Metamaterials

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

Nanomaterial Outsmarts Ions April 22nd, 2014

Thinnest feasible membrane produced April 17th, 2014

INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014

Announcements

Characterizing inkjet inks: Malvern Instruments presents new rheological research April 23rd, 2014

NanoSafe, Inc. announces the addition of the Labconco Protector® Glove Box to its NanoSafe Tested™ registry April 23rd, 2014

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Tools

Characterizing inkjet inks: Malvern Instruments presents new rheological research April 23rd, 2014

MRI, on a molecular scale: Researchers develop system that could one day peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules April 20th, 2014

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Introduces the MFP-3D InfinityTM AFM Featuring Powerful New Capabilities and Stunning High Performance April 18th, 2014

More effective kidney stone treatment, from the macroscopic to the nanoscale April 17th, 2014

Photonics/Optics/Lasers

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, computer innovation April 17th, 2014

Scientists Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity: X-rays reveal how rapidly vanishing 'charge stripes' may be behind laser-induced high-temperature superconductivity April 16th, 2014

Lumerical files a provisional patent that extends the standard eigenmode expansion propagation technique to better address waveguide component design. Lumerical’s EME propagation tool will address a wide set of waveguide applications in silicon photonics and integrated optics April 16th, 2014

Near-field Nanophotonics Workshop in Boston April 14th, 2014

New-Contracts/Sales/Customers

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Lands First Major Order from Pemex, Mexico’s State-Owned Oil and Gas Company April 14th, 2014

TED Selects Nanotech for Branding and Security on 30th Anniversary Conferences: Nanotech and TED collaborate to create a custom security feature using nano-imaging March 17th, 2014

Simon Fraser University Completes Installation of Electron Microscopes from FEI: SFU’s new multi-million-dollar Centre for Soft Materials now offers the most advanced suite of microscopes in Western Canada March 11th, 2014

Arrowhead Receives Regulatory Approval to Begin Phase 2a Trial of Chronic Hepatitis B Candidate ARC-520 March 3rd, 2014

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







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE