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EPSRC Reference: GR/M76010/01
Title: SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPY FOR APPLIED PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE
Principal Investigator: Halfpenny, Dr P
Other Investigators:
Sherwood, Professor JN Hitchman, Professor M Berlouis, Dr L
Watson, Dr I Smith, Professor WE Pethrick, Professor RA
Affrossman, Dr S
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Department: Pure and Applied Chemistry
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 18 April 2000 Ends: 17 April 2003 Value (£): 123,048
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Surfaces & Interfaces
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Chemicals
Electronics Healthcare
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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This multi-project equipment application addresses a range of fundamental and industrially important research activities which are funded directly by or fall within the remit of the EPSRC Materials or Chemistry programmes. Eight research projects have been identified in which scanning probe microscopy will play a central role. These topics include the investigation and control of crystallisation behaviour, examination of the nanoscale factors influencing surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS), the structure of thin films of polymer blends, characterisation of semiconductor surfaces, GaN MOCVD, the coalescence of emulsion particles in thin films, the behaviour of biodegradable substrates for all cell growth and aspects of the biocompatibility of polymers. A broad range of scanning probe microscopy techniques will be utilised in these novel investigations, including in-situ observation of crystallisation from solution using atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanoscale characterisation, manipulation and modification of silver nanoparticles for SERRS using AFM and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM); investigation of compositional variations and surface topography of polymers using phase imaging AFM.
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