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EPSRC Reference: GR/M31040/01
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPEDANCE BASED IMAGING TECHNIQUE FOR THE CHARACTERISATION OF MULTIPHASE MATERIALS
Principal Investigator: Krause, Dr S
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Uniscan Instruments Ltd
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 13 May 1999 Ends: 12 May 2002 Value (£): 57,139
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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AC impedance spectroscopy is a valuable tool in the characterisation of electrochemical systems and new materials. However, the results obtained using this method are always surface averaged. From this restriction arises the need to develop a new technique which is suitable for imaging the complex impedance of thin films with a good spatial resolution. In this programme we will develop a measurement system based on photocurrent measurements at field effect structures. A light beam which is focused onto the back of the silicon substrate and modulated with different frequencies will result in photocapacitive currents containing information about the local impedance of the system. The information that can be obtained using this method would exceed by far, that provided by other imaging methods such as scanning electrochemical microscopy. The new technique will allow the characterisation of thin dielectric films in the gas phase or electrolyte solutions. Thus, the method is applicable to a wide range of materials and experimental conditions. This project has recently been awarded an EPSRC Fast Stream grant for equipment and consumables. We are now requesting support for a project studentship.
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