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EPSRC Reference: EP/P001513/1
Title: X-RAY DIFFRACTION CAPABILITY FOR NANOSCALE AND THIN FILM STRUCTURE
Principal Investigator: Alaria, Dr J
Other Investigators:
Badcock, Professor K Claridge, Dr JB Lucas, Professor CA
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Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Liverpool
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 June 2016 Ends: 31 May 2017 Value (£): 360,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 May 2016 EPSRC Strategic Equipment Panel May 16 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The specific arrangements of matter at the atomic scale gives advance functional materials their unique properties. Therefore, the future in materials design relies on our ability to control nanoscale structures. To achieve this, a vital tool for material scientist is x-ray diffraction as it allows in-depth characterisation of the crystal structure.

Here we propose to establish an x-ray diffractometer dedicated to nanoscale and thin film structure with a set of capabilities which will enable material scientist to study the structural properties of polycrystalline and epitaxial films and probe the interface quality and structure which often dictates the performance and functionality of the nanoscale material. The high throughput capability offered by this equipment will play a vital role in atomic scale design of functional materials and process optimisation for integration in device. It will enable the routine measurement of phase purity, crystalline quality, thickness and roughness using non-destructive method. More advanced measurements will be used to determine epitaxial relationship and texture of the nanostructures. The materials studied have applications in renewable energy (photovoltaic, battery, thermoelectric), electronic (transparent conducting oxides, dielectrics, semiconductor alloys)

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