Objective 1: Nano-engineered surfaces for tailored electronic and optical properties
Research in Objective 1 has the common theme that surfaces of materials have the power to harm or hinder the performance of an electronic system. Through understanding the causes we will be able to control the characteristics to find exciting new science or realise a commercial function. For example, we will use the interface between light and nanostructured metal substrates to develop strategies for single molecule imaging and sensing. Once implemented this technology could have far-reaching applications beyond our immediate imagination. Super-sensitive devices at ultimate molecular resolutions for food-safety, environmental monitoring and general health well-being with diagnostic tests are just some possibilities.
A similar mastery of the surface science with our research on oxide semiconductors will allow us to fabricate a new-generation of optoelectronic devices in the ultraviolet region. This research is very close to prototype development with high value in a strategically important science area as energy-haversting ‘smart glass’, incorporating in-situ transparent sensors and displays, becomes increasingly significant in the design of modern, energy efficient buildings.
The time has come to make money-making ventures a priority, and The MacDiarmid Institute has a number of projects which fit the bill. The MacDiarmid Institute’s Science Leader of Materials for High Value Technologies, Roger Reeves, says New Zealand needs to focus on making things that are relatively specialised. “If we start making 10 million […]