The Science and Technology of Thin Films and Nanostructures:
Why is it so Great to be so Small?
Dept. of Geological Sciences
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Feb. 08, 2006, 4:00pm, Manning Hall 201
Refreshments served at 3:30pm, Manning Hall 222
The emerging area of nanoscience and thin-film technology of materials holds promise
for a wide range of scientific and technological applications. Nevertheless, much
new science awaits its discovery, and novel fabrication strategies remain to be explored
in this class of materials, particularly at the nanoscale, by using strategies based
on nanoscience and thin-film technology. The challenge facing the scientists is to
address the fundamental scientific question “why is it so great to be so small? ”
in order to successfully utilize the nanoscale phenomena in device technology.
The present talk will focus on some of the issues in this direction and discuss thin-film
and nanostructured materials with diverse structures, properties, and phenomena. The
emphasis is to show that at the reduced dimensions extensive opportunities arise for
utilization of materials in extremely diverse fields of technology, where high ratings,
enhanced performance, and long-shelf lives are required.
Controlling the structure of thin magnetic films and metal-metal interfaces will be
discussed for application in magneto-electronics. Thin oxide films will be discussed
to show their potential ability as smart materials and/or intercalation compounds
for application in electrochemical energy conversion and storage, optics, and electrohromics.
Some of the general issues will also be discussed in the context of the revolution
that we are currently witnessing in nanoscience and to convince that it holds the
greatest potential in shaping the world of the future.