Functional thin films and nanolayers play an important role in many optical and electrical devices, such as transistors, solar cells and batteries. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) can be used to prepare such films in an atomic layer by atomic layer fashion, with excellent control over the material properties and composition. This ALD technique is already an enabling technology, mainly in high-end products such as the processor and memory in your smartphone. At the same time, lab-scale successes show that many more ALD materials have potential in many more applications, especially also in commodity products such as batteries, displays and perovskite solar cells. In order for ALD to be competitive in these upcoming commodity applications it has to be sufficiently scalable, i.e. materials need to be prepared at high speed over large surface areas, at low cost. Therefore, this project revolves around spatial ALD (S-ALD), a high throughput variant of ALD. The aim is to prepare new (complex) materials for more applications. Mainly think of doped and compound oxides, to be deposited on demanding substrates such as trenches and porous foils. The project has a particular focus on gaining insights in the fundamental aspects governing S-ALD film growth.
You will perform your research within the Plasma & Materials (PMP) group at the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), within the framework of a NWO OTP (open technology program) project. The research will be conducted at the TU/e, in close collaboration with various S-ALD stakeholders that are mainly situated in the Eindhoven Brainport region.
You will work closely together with other researchers in the PMP group, under the supervision of dr. Bart Macco and prof. dr. ir. Erwin Kessels. Moreover, within this project you will work closely together with a post-doc who will focus on hardware aspects and the synthesis of compound and doped materials. You will mainly study aspects such as film nucleation, growth effects, co-dosing vs. supercycles and the deposition in e.g. 3D structures and porous substrates. You will have ample access to state-of-the-art film metrology, including TEM.
Next to the supervision of BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually included, approximately counting for 5% of your contract time.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr. Bart Macco, project leader, b.macco[at]tue.nl or +31 40 247 6111
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