We are also studying growth of nano- and micro-structured materials using bottom-up fabrication methods. We specialize in real-time imaging and analysis of materials grown using techniques such as chemical and physical vapor deposition. Growth kinetics are used to understand the physics behind structure formation, and to design novel, advanced functional material synthesis methods.
Real-time movie of a solid microcapillary that is filled with liquid Ga, growing on a GaN substrate:
Ga-filled microcapillaries growing on GaN: Two “caps” made of supercooled liquid gallium are seen to coalesce into a single, asymmetric Ga droplet:
Real-time movie of a disordered pillar array growing on GaN: