Our future prosperity will depend on the availability of efficient, robust and scalable semiconductor technologies for renewable energy, lighting, communications and control. Solution processed semiconductors offer a huge opportunity to reduce costs and increase scalability relative to existing semiconductor technology, but have been limited by poor stability, poor control of structure and the lack of design principles. Our work seeks to provide key fundamental and technological insights into these issues.
The Nanoanalysis Group is focussed on the development of spectroscopic and scanning probe techniques to characterise a material’s microstructure and properties. In our lab we have a range of advanced structural probes for organic and hybrid systems. The selected examples of our studies are shown below.
To control the nanostructure of functional materials through the self-organising properties of the components together with understanding of chemical structures and processing conditions, thus to elucidate the important parameters during processing that impact the nanostructures of these functional materials
To develop advanced structural nanoimaging techniques such as in-situ resonant, polarised, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy techniques to determine thin film structures and their impact on optoelectronic and charge transport properties of functional materials.