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June 2012 
In This Issue
Quantifying Adhesion Strength at Micro and Nanoscales
Magnetic Testing Process Helps Ensure Reliability of MEMS
Atomic-Layer-Deposited Thin Films for Silicon Nanophotonics
Plasma Etch Challenges for FinFET Transistors
Mirrors Baked in Glass Kitchen
PV Equipment Spending to Bottom of Cycle in Q2'12
Controlling Heat Flow with Atomic-Level Precision
New Thin Films for Use in Flexible Electronics
Selective-Area Fluorination of Graphene
Ove 19,000 Materials Found in New Materials Database
A 'Living Lab' for Solar and Efficiency
New Materials Partners for Battery 500 Project
Scratch Based Technique Quantifies Adhesion Strength at Micro and Nanoscales
From Advanced Materials & Processes Magazine, April 2012, by Debrupa Lahiri and Arvind Agarway, Florida International University: "Adhesion of nano and microscale features on underlying substrates is very important for good functionality of bulk structures, coatings, and devices."

"Most bulk adhesion analyses techniques attach the probe to the object and apply force until detachment occurs. However, it is nearly impossible to precisely attach a probe to a single small scale feature, and attachment often damages the feature due to its fragileness. Measuring adhesion of a small volume also requires a high degree of force resolution to account for the effects of substrate and environment, which can influence measurement accuracy. Three case studies demonstrating use of the nano-scratch technique as a suitable adhesion quantification technique at micro and nanoscale lengths are discussed in this article."
  • Adhesion of single splat of plasma spray Al2O3 coatings on steel substrate
  • Adhesion of osteoblast cell on plasma spray hydroxyapatite-based coatings
  • Adhesion of carbon nanostructure on metallic and semiconducting surface

FIT and ASM 

Source: Read the full article...

Advanced Materials & Processes Magazine, April 22, 2012, pp. 22-27:  

Image: Advanced Materials & Processes Magazine and Florida International University 
Magnetic Testing Process Helps Ensure Reliability of MEMS, Microelectronics Devices and PV Cells

From Georgia Institute of Technology Newsroom, April 11, 2012, by John Toon: "Taking advantage of the force generated by magnetic repulsion, researchers have developed a new technique for measuring the adhesion strength between thin films of materials used in microelectronic devices, photovoltaic cells and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).


The fixturGeorgia Techeless and noncontact technique, known as the magnetically actuated peel test (MAPT), could help ensure the long-term reliability of electronic devices, and assist designers in improving resistance to thermal and mechanical stresses.


'Devices are becoming smaller and smaller, and we are driving them to higher and higher performance,' said Suresh Sitaraman, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 'This technique would help manufacturers know that their products will meet reliability requirements, and provide designers with the information they need to choose the right materials to meet future design specifications over the lifetimes of devices.'


The research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and was reported in the March 30, 2012 issue of the journal Thin Solid Films."


Source: Read the full article...

Georgia Institute of Technology:

Image: Greg Ostrowicki and Suresh Sitaraman 

Atomic-Layer-Deposited Thin Films for Silicon Nanophotonics
From SPIE, May 8, 2012, by Antti Säynätjoki, Aalto University, Finland : "During the last decade, silicon photonics has gained tremendous interest for two main reasons: the large-scale manufacturing capacity of the vast silicon microelectronics industry, and the special optical properties of silicon. Its high refractive index enables very efficient light confinement and dispersion engineering of waveguides, and the optical nonlinearity-X(3)-in silicon is very high, about 200× higher than in silica. These properties have made it possible to demonstrate silicon-based all-optical devices with unprecedented performance. However, silicon is not the best material for everything required by optical telecommunications systems. Therefore, it is necessary to integrate other materials onto silicon photonic chips. In this article, we briefly review our recent advances in the integration of atomic-layer-deposited thin films with silicon nanophotonic devices."
Saynatjoki and Alasaarela
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Image:  SPIE, Antti Säynätjoki, and Tapani Alasaarela 
Plasma Etch Challenges for FinFET Transistors
From Solid State Technology, April 2012, by Keren J. Kanarik et al., LAM Research Corp.:  "New constraints and challenges associated with FinFET manufacturing are reviewed from the etch point of view.

As the industry moves to 3D tri-gate FinFET architectures to overcome transistor scaling issues, additional etch challenges have appeared that may require new approaches to plasma etching. Compared with planar transistors, the performance of FinFET devices will depend more on etch because the multiple gates and vertical fin structures are created by the etch process. Not only are there more etch steps required to form these structures, there are also more surfaces of a FinFET transistor exposed to the plasma, resulting in the need for high-precision etching with minimal - ideally no - structural damage."


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NuSTAR's Mirrors Baked in Glass Kitchen
From NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center:  "For more than a decade, the astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., experimented with a new technique for efficiently manufacturing super-thin, low-cost curved telescope mirror segments to collect and focus ever-elusive, high-energy X-ray photons."

"A total of 9,000 individual mirror segments -- are now aNASA Mirrorssembled into telescope optics and installed inside NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), a small Explorer mission managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif."

"NASA's latest X-ray space telescope, which will detect X-rays from objects ranging from our sun to monstrous black holes billions of light-years away, is unique in that it will be the first orbiting telescope to focus X-rays in the high-energy range, creating the most detailed images ever taken in this slice of the electromagnetic spectrum."

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Spending on PV Equipment to Bottom of Cycle in Q2'12; Strong Growth Forecast from 2013-2016
From NPD Solarbuzz, April 16, 2012: "Equipment spending by tier 1 PV manufacturers is poised to resume in 2013 with strong double-digit annual growth rates forecast out to 2016, according to new research featured in the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report. This upturn in capacity expansion is being stimulated by the PV manufacturing shakeout, as uncompetitive production lines are either being idled, retired or removed following corporate failures.

According to Finlay Colville, Vice President at NPD Solarbuzz, 'Capacity taken offline is just one reason why PV equipment suppliers are planning for future growth. Tier 1 manufacturers are also choosing to run existing production lines at reduced utilization rates during 2012, while increasing the level of outsourced wafers and cells. This is helping to restore a healthier supply-demand balance to the PV industry, thereby removing the underlying deterrent holding back the release of new CapEx.'"



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NPD Solarbuzz: 
NPD Solarbuzz, PV Equipment Quarterly 

Controlling Heat Flow with Atomic-Level Precision
From University of Illinois, April 23, 2012, by Liz Ahlberg:  "Through a combination of atomic-scale materials design and ultrafast measurements, researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed new insights about how heat flows across an interface between two materials.

The res
earchers demonstrated that a single layer of atoms can disrupt or enhance heat flow across an interface. Their results are published this week in Nature Materials.  University of Illinois News Bureau
Improved control of heat exchange is a key element to enhancing the performance of current technologies such as integrated circuits and combustion engines as well as emerging technologies such as thermoelectric devices, which harvest renewable energy from waste heat. However, achieving control is hampered by an incomplete understanding of how heat is conducted through and between materials." 


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University of Illinois, Champaign, IL: 

Image: University of Illinois News Bureau 

French-American Collaboration Develops New Thin Films for Use in Flexible Electronics
From, May 15, 2012,  by Nick Gilbert:
"A French-American alliance, which is led by the Centre de Recherchessur les Macromolécules Végétales (CNRS), has developed a new class of thin films using a combination of hybrid copolymers. These films can produce innovative applications in flexible electronics, such as photovoltaic cells, biosensors and nanolithography.
The development opens up new possibilities for enhancing the speed of microprocessors and the capacity of hard discs.


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Selective-Area Fluorination of Graphene with Fluoropolymer and Laser Irradiation
Lee, Wi Hyoung; Suk, Ji Won; Chou, Harry; Lee, Jongho; Hao, Yufeng; Wu, Yaping; Piner, Richard; Akinwande, Deji; Kim, Kwang S.; Ruoff, Rodney S. Selective-Area Fluorination of Graphene with Fluoropolymer and Laser Irradiation. Nano Letter (2012), DOI:10.1021/nl300346j.

"We have devised a method to selectively fluorinate graphene by irradiating fluoropolymer-covered graphene with a laser. This fluoropolymer produces active fluorine radicals under laser irradiation that react with graphene but only in the laser-irradiated region. The kinetics of C−F bond formation is dependent on both the laser power and fluoropolymer thickness, proving that fluorination occurs by the decomposition of the fluoropolymer. Fluorination leads to a dramatic increase in the resistance of the graphene while the basic skeletal structure of the carbon bonding network is maintained. Considering the simplicity of the fluorination process and that it allows patterning with a nontoxic fluoropolymer as a solid source, this method could find application to generate fluorinated graphene in graphene-based electronic devices such as for the electrical isolation of graphene."

Visit Prof. Rodney S. Ruoff's website as a useful source of information  for the study of the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel carbon materials, algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use.
Extensive New Materials Database with over 19,000 Materials
From Star Science, by Joyce Lampert : "Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) jointly developed a new online computational materials science tool called the 'Materials Project'. The project's goal is to "accelerate innovation in materials research", reducing the current average of 18 years to move new materials discoveries from lab to market.

The 'Materials Project' has over 19,000 materials in the database with new ones being added. Scientists and engineers in public and private sectors can use the tool to "predict many properties of materials before the materials are synthesized in the lab. Researchers will be able to data-mine scientific trends in materials properties. Experimental research can be targeted to the most promising compounds from computational data sets."

Materials Project includes six applications

  • Materials Explorer - search for materials information by chemistry, composition, or property
  • Lithium Battery Explorer - find candidate materials for lithium batteries
  • Crystal Toolkit - Generate new crystals by substituting or removing species
  • Phase Diagram App - computational phase diagrams for closed and open systems. Find stable phases and study reaction pathways.
  • Reaction Calculator - calculate enthalpy of tens of thousands of reactions and compare with experimental values
  • Structure Predictor - Predict new compounds using data-mined substitution algorithms.  


Materials Group: 
The Making of a 'Living Lab' for Solar and Efficiency
From, April 30, 2012, by Steve Leone:  "Since its founding in 2008, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems has grown in both scope and influence - even without the practical benefit of aligning the solar panels it tests directly in the sun's path.


Down the road from two renowned Cambridge, Mass., institutions - Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - sits the current home of the Fraunhofer scientists who research and test the latest in solar technology and energy efficiency.


The offices give little indication of the type of work being done within its four walls. Someday very soon, though, it will become abundantly clear what's happening at the Fraunhofer CSE, and it will have everything to do with its location.


The Fraunhofer is moving away from its current post on First Street in Cambridge and toward a vision that will make it a destination for those working to infuse solar technology with energy efficient design. Construction crews are working to gut a 100-year-old former tannery warehouse in the heart of the vaunted Innovation District along the South Boston waterfront. With a move-in date projected within the next year, the six-story, $22 million project will help the team at Fraunhofer redefine how the worlds of solar and efficiency come together."


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IBM Research Boosts Battery 500 Project with New Materials Partners
From IBM Newsroom, April 20, 2012:  "IBM today announced that two industry leaders -- Asahi Kasei and Central Glass -- will join its Battery 500 Project team and collaborate on far-reaching research with the potential to accelerate the switch from gasoline to electricity as the primary power source for vehicles.

As partners in the Battery 500 Project, Asahi Kasei and Central Glass bring decades of materials innovation for the automotive industry to the team. They will expand the project's scope and, although the scientific and engineering challenges to its practical implementation are extremely high, exploring several chemistries simultaneously increases the chance of success.

'New materials development is vitally important to ensuring the viability of lithium-air battery technology,' said Tatsuya Mori, Director, Executive Managing Officer, Central Glass. 'As a long-standing partner of IBM and leader in developing high-performance electrolytes for batteries, we're excited to share each other's chemical and scientific expertise in a field as exciting as electric vehicles.'"

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