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EPSRC Reference: GR/R97023/01
Title: Carbon Based Electronics: A National Consortium
Principal Investigator: Mainwood, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Collins, Professor AT Richards, Professor D Davies, Professor G
Newton, Professor ME
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor W Eccleston Professor WI Milne Dr R Sussmann
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Department: Physics
Organisation: Kings College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 May 2002 Ends: 31 December 2005 Value (£): 269,974
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioelectronic Devices Displays
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing Materials Synthesis & Growth
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/R97030/01 GR/R97047/01 GR/R97054/01 GR/R97061/01
GR/R97078/01 GR/R97085/01 GR/R97092/01 GR/R97108/01
GR/R97115/01 GR/R97122/01
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The national consortium brings together key players in the Uk to make available a wide range of techniques for fabrication and test of a range of highly innovative carbon based devices. It encompasses displays to power devices, MEM's to low cost electronics, and sensors to solar cells. the proposal covers devices made from a wide range of conjugated polymers, oligomers and organic molecules as well as the various forms of carbon: a-C, diamond, and nanotubes. The attainment of devices in materials which have high carrier mobilites and low densities of traps is the major focus of the work.The great potential of in-situ Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) for developing an understanding of film growth, surface reactions and materials processing is just beginning to be appreciated. Studies on amorphous silicon [e.g. Yamasaki et al, APL 70 1137 (1997)] and silicon/SiO2 [e.g. Umeda et al, PRL 86 1054 (2001)] demonstrate that the technique has the required sensitivity for important studies. At KCL we wil develop in-situ EPR for the investigation of bulk and surface defects created/destroyed during the processing (e.g. annealing, H plasma treatment, oxygen etching etc.) of diamond, DLC films, and other hard and soft carbon materials. These experimental studies will be supplemented by measurements using traditional spectroscopic techniques, SNOM and theoretical modelling.
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