depositoning and patterning technology developed at the USF
Surface Science Lab is now commercially available! Check here
for more info.
are currently looking for Ph.D. students to
join our efforts. Projects on inorganic-organic hybrid materials
interfaces, and atomic layer deposition (ALD) related projects recently
received NSF funding. Undergraduates with research interests are
also welcome to join during semesters or summers on a flexible schedule.
Honors thesis related projects are also available. Foreign students
in search of diploma, masters, or intenship (studienarbeit/ praktikum)
research projects are also encouraged to apply.****
to the USF Surface Science Laboratory! The
SSL focuses on the application of surface
scientific techniques on molecular and nano structured materials.
A particular focus is the investigation and fabrication of macro-molecular
interfaces. Some of the investigated topics are:
- What is the nature of the interface between
biological and inorganic materials?
- Are there chemical reactions?
- Is the bio-activity
affected by the interfaces?
- How much energy does it take to transfer
charges between inorganic and molecular materials?
methods used are electrospray deposition of macro-molecular materials
thin films in vacuum directly from solution, photoemission spectroscopy,
and atomic force microscopy. The materials investigated include bio-molecules
such as DNA and proteins, as well as luminescent and semiconductive
polymers and nano-materials. The SSL also specializes in work function
measurements on a variety of materials.
Further research projects include the design
and construction of an in-vacuum macro-molecular patterning system,
fabrication of sandwich immunoassays, electrospray thin film deposition,
growth of carbon nanotubes, advanced sample preparation techniques
for matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry
(MALDI-MS), and ferroelectric materials' properties.
Our research is currently funded by the National
Science Foundation (NSF), and by industrial sponsors.