The Collins laboratory investigates the underlying physics of single-molecule electronics. We create and test single-molecule sensors and transducers that have a wide range of potential applications. Read more about this work at https://www.physics.uci.edu/~collinsp/.
The synthesis of nanowires and the creation of transistor devices out of nanowires are critical initial steps for all of our research efforts. We synthesize carbon nanotubes in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system that controls many different process variables. Each variable (temperature, time, gas composition, etc.) changes the properties of the nanomaterials, which we study by imaging and electronic measurement.
Students joining the team learn to use sophisticated modern tools for nanometer scale science. The student on this project will learn how to synthesize nanomaterials using chemical vapor deposition. Along with proper sample handling techniques, the student will learn to use scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and/or atomic force microscopy (AFM), two important tools for nanometer scale imaging.
Over time, successful students become qualified to run laboratory equipment independently. As students become productive and confident with a variety of tools, they are assigned independent research projects. Successful students will complete year-long projects that can result in a senior thesis, publication, or presentation at a conference or UROP Symposium.
Applicants must plan to commit at least 10 hours per week. Student availability must include large blocks of time (3-4 continuous hours) for productive laboratory work. Training and practice must be completed during normal daytime hours to ensure proper oversight and guidance. We expect successful students to continue working for multiple quarters, including Summer. Qualified students working independently on research projects usually receive financial support during Summer.
Students must enroll in Physics 195 during each quarter of their laboratory work.
Prof. P.G. Collins, 222 Rowland Hall
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