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Organized nanostructures and nano-objects: fabrication, characterization and applications

The symposium covers all the scientific and technological aspects related to the synthesis, the physical/chemical characterizations, the material properties of semiconductor or metallic nanodots and nanowires, with special emphasis on the multiscale organization and spontaneous auto-organization and directed self-assembly of ordered structures, in view of their integration in functional devices.


Due to their appealing size dependent properties, semiconductor and metallic nano-objects (nanocrystals, nanowires) have been predicted to be used as technological boost in various fields including nano- electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, magnetism, phononics, plasmonics, advanced sensing and photovoltaics. The capability to control size, shape, interface, composition, and doping of these nano- objects is crucial to finely tailor their properties. Nevertheless, the implementation of these elemental building blocks into functional devices at nano-scale requires precise control of the organization of the nano- objects in terms of density and relative positioning within well-organized structures, both in plane and in depth. The feasibility to fabricate ordered arrays of nano-objects and to precisely organize the nano-objects on appropriate substrates or inside various matrices is the key issue to support the technological development of new device concepts with predictable characteristics based on these novel nano-materials. Following very successful symposia organized in 2012, 2014 and 2016, this symposium intends to draw on previous experience. In particular, a special focus on multiscale fabrication, directed organization and auto-organization is requested by the scientific community working in the field of nanotechnology. The symposium will provide the opportunity to present insights on advanced nano-structures and nano-device architectures at different stages of development. The symposium is open to all the experimental and theoretical results on organized nano-structures, aiming to control the main parameters of the nano-objects in relation with their tunable properties and functionalities. Thus, the symposium is conceived as a platform that gathers researchers coming from academia and industry and promotes interactions among scientists and engineers working on all the aspects of semiconductor and metallic nano-structures, ranging from fundamental physics and material science issues up to the technological implementation toward the final application in functional devices.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Synthesis of nano-structures: Top-down and Bottom-up processes;
  • Nano-structures on surface and in volume;
  • Doping issues in nano-structures;
  • Self and induced organization of metal and semiconducting nano-structures;
  • Advanced methodology to control synthesis, positioning, shape, size in nano-structures;
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid materials;
  • Semiconducting nano-structures for novel logic or memory architectures;
  • Light emission and optical gain in semiconductor nano-structures;
  • Metal and semiconducting nano-structures for energy applications: photovoltaic and thermoelectric;
  • Nano-structures for advanced sensing and plasmonic applications.

List of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Thomas Zentgraf (University of Paderborn, Germany), “Ultrathin metalenses for imaging with high harmonic generation processes”
  • Wilfred G. van der Wiel (University of Twente, The Netherlands), “Evolving functionality in disordered nanomaterial networks”
  • Kevin Yager (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA), “Formation of non-native morphologies in block-copolymer self-assembly”
  • André Beyer (Bielefeld University, Germany), “Helium Ion Microscopy: Imaging and Milling with Nanometer Precision”
  • Chinedum Osuji (Yale University, USA), “Single crystals and bespoke textures in self-assembled soft materials”
  • Jürgen Brugger (EPFL, Switzerland), “Ultra-fast Nano-Prototyping Using Thermal Scanning Probe Lithography”
  • Bartlomej Graczykowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), “Heat and Hypersound Transport in Phononic Crystals Membranes
  • Ewold Verhagen (AMOLF, The Netherlands), “Nanophotonic optomechanics: from quantum measurement to topological phononics
  • Fabien Alibart (CNRS, France), “Dynamical neuromorphic computing with electropolymerized organic electro chemical transistors
  • Jeffrey Colin Mccallum (University of Melbourne, Australia), “Si-based nanoscale device structures for quantum technology applications formed using ion implantation
  • Ilja Gunkel (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) “Fabrication of 3D Optical Metamaterials by Controlled Polymer Self-Assembly
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Authors : Meneka Banik and Rabibrata Mukherjee
Affiliations : Instability and soft patterning laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur – 721302, India

Resume : Self organization of colloidal particles has many applications, particularly in fabrication of solar cells with advanced light management strategies. Colloidal crystals with hexagonal closed pack ordering can be obtained on a planar surface by simple spin coating technique, in presence of trace amount of surfactant. By spin coating on a topographically patterned substrate we can also obtain ordered colloidal structures with non HCP ordering. It is however not possible to obtain a non-HCP ordering on a flat substrate without any chemical or topographic patterning. We have developed a method by which we can overcome this problem, by fabricating the array on a patterned UV degradable polymer layer and subsequently transfering the array on to another substrate. The flexible nature of the master makes it possible to transfer the array on to non-planar substrates. The transfer mechanism is based on the fabrication of the particle array on a PMMA surface. This PMMA layer is patterned by employing the method of soft lithography. The colloidal particles align in the grooves of the PMMA pattern, and an ordered non-HCP arrangement is obtained. As the PMMA layer gets degraded by UV exposure, the colloidal particles detach from the template and adhere to the bottom substrate. Thus, our proposed method allows the colloidal structures to be transported across substrates irrespective of their surface energy, wettability or morphology.

Authors : Dennis Drude, Jörg K.N. Lindner
Affiliations : Paderborn University, Department of Physics, Paderborn, Germany CeOPP Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn, Germany

Resume : Nanosphere lithography (NSL) is a widely used technique for large-area patterning of surfaces with periodic arrays of nano-features. In NSL a mono- or double-layer of hexagonally close-packed nanospheres from a colloidal suspension is used as a shadow mask to modify the substrate at the openings between each triple of spheres. Among the techniques applied to obtain nanosphere masks, methods based on convective self-assembly (CSA) are most important. CSA of nanospheres into ordered layers takes place at the solid-liquid-gas triple phase boundary of a drying droplet of a colloid on a solid. CSA happens at the rim of any drying droplet as well as during dip coating or when a droplet is moved across a surface using a doctor blade. Since the latter technique is particularly useful for creating nanomasks, the transport processes occurring in a colloidal suspension droplet pulled by a doctor blade were analyzed numerically. Both the in-plane and the out-of-plane arrangement of spheres are studied as a function of experimental conditions such as the triple phase boundary velocity, evaporation fluxes, colloidal particle concentration and size fluctuations, variations of the flux direction and the presence and crystallographic orientation of colloidal nuclei. The resulting arrangements of colloidal spheres are statistically evaluated and compared to experimental results, showing remarkable agreement. Strategies are derived to optimize the quality of large-area colloidal nanomasks.

Authors : Eleonora Cara1, Federico Ferrarese Lupi1, Luisa Mandrile2, Andrea M. Giovannozzi2, Masoud Dialameh1, Chiara Portesi2, Katia Sparnacci3, Andrea Mario Rossi2, Natascia De Leo1, Luca Boarino1
Affiliations : 1 Nanoscience and Materials division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM), Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino, Italy 2 Quality of Life division, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM), Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino, Italy 3 Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica, Universita` del Piemonte Orientale Avogadro, INSTM, UdR Alessandria, Viale T. Michel 11, Alessandria, Italy

Resume : Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a powerful vibrational spectroscopic technique for chemical and biological sensing. In the last years, great effort has been put in the development of novel substrates for SERS analysis presenting favourable signal enhancement and uniformity. These requirements can be fulfilled by tailoring the fabrication protocol in order to reach a fine control over the location and distribution of hot spots, localised regions of extremely large enhancement of the Raman signal. A versatile protocol has been successfully proposed for the fabrication of high-sensitivity gold-coated silicon nanowires for SERS analysis: a combination of nanospheres lithography (NSL) and metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) [1]. NSL is a well-known lithographic technique based on the self-assembly (SA) of spherical colloids in hexagonally close-packed monolayer. The degree of order of the SA process influences the degree of order of the SERS-active nanostructures. In the fabrication of different substrates, the long-range order was tuned by using spin coating as the deposition method of the nanospheres and by a controlled variation of the spinning parameters. The degree of order was quantitatively determined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image processing, through the so-called correlation length ξ. The relation between the enhancement capability of the substrates and the value of the correlation length was investigated using 7-mercapto-4-methylcoumarin (MMC) as SERS active probe molecule [2]. The intensity of the characteristic Raman peak at 1593 cm-1, assigned to the -C=C- stretching mode of the molecule, increased linearly for increasing correlation length. Moreover, the system showed good homogeneity and repeatability with inter-maps relative standard deviation of 8% over (600×600)µm2. [1] S. A. Kara, et al., RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 93649. [2] E. Cara et al., Sci. Rep., 2018, just accepted

Authors : Michael Kismann 1,2, Thomas Riedl 1,2, Xia Wu 3, Thorsten Wagner 3, Jörg K.N. Lindner 1,2
Affiliations : 1. Department of Physics, Paderborn University, Warburger Straße 100, 33098 Paderborn, Germany 2. Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn (CeOPP), Warburger Straße 100, 33098 Paderborn, Germany 3. Department of Chemistry, Paderborn University, Warburger Straße 100, 33098 Paderborn, Germany

Resume : Si nanowires have a great potential for application as gas sensors. An established concept of nanowire gas sensors relies on the sensitivity of the nanowire electrical properties to the surrounding medium. However, optical and in particular photonic crystal (PhC) based sensors offer several advantages over sensing devices utilizing electrical read-out, most importantly unwanted electrochemical effects can be avoided. In the present contribution we explore the PhC properties of Si based nanopillar arrays fabricated by nanosphere lithography and metal-assisted wet-chemical etching (MACE). These techniques allow for a fast and cost-efficient fabrication of large-area nanopillar arrays. In our approach, plasma-shrunk polystyrene sphere monolayers on Si substrate are used for the definition of periodically arranged openings in thermally evaporated Au films. In the course of the subsequent MACE process the substrate around the openings is etched by using HF/H2O2 solutions leading to the formation of vertical nanopillars. In order to probe the optical signature of the nanopillar PhCs, reflectance measurements in the near to mid-IR spectral region using lateral incidence are performed and complemented by photonic bandstructure simulations. Specifically, the wavelength and strength of the reflection peaks corresponding to the photonic bandgaps is analyzed in dependence of the MACE process parameters. Furthermore, this study is extended to thermally oxidized MACE Si pillar arrays.

Authors : K. Brassat, G. Grundmeier, A. Keller, J. K. N. Lindner
Affiliations : Nanostructuring, Nanoanalysis and Photonic Materials group, Dept. of Physics, Paderborn University, Germany; Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn CeOPP, Paderborn, Germany; Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry group, Dept. of Chemistry, Paderborn University, Germany

Resume : The development of novel approaches for the creation of nanoobject arrays with precise positional control on large areas at low cost is crucial for e.g. next generation sensing devices, molecular electronics or nanophotonics. In this contribution, we present a bottom-up approach for the positioning of quantum dots (QDs) in nanohole arrays using DNA origami as transport vehicle. The use of self-assembly techniques for nanohole array creation, DNA origami formation and their directed ordering on the surface makes this approach straight-forward for wafer-scale surface patterning with nanoscale resolution. DNA origamis are designed nanoobjects which form by programmed self-folding of DNA strands. We show, how DNA triangles can be formed and selectively functionalized for coupling with CdSe/ZnS QDs. We investigate the adsorption of these DNA origamis on surfaces prepatterned by nanosphere lithography. Nanohole arrays, i.e. cylindrical holes with 160 nm diameter in Au thin films on Si surfaces, are exploited as topographical and chemical surface patterns. Contact angle measurements, SEM and AFM are used to characterize the site-selective DNA origami and thus QD positioning for different deposition conditions. The material system presented here can be understood as a model. Our approach is promising for many applications as it is flexible in choice of QD material, the number of QDs per origami and per nanohole, nanohole periodicity and diameter and thin film and substrate material.

Authors : Jie Lin, Xiaoyang Guo, Ying Lv, Yongsheng Hu, Xingyuan Liu*
Affiliations : State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences Changchun 130033, China

Resume : Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have recently emerged as favorable light-emitting materials, which also show great potential as optical gain media due to their remarkable optical properties. Optical gain, as expressed through amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) has been reported from close-packed, solid-state films of CdSe nanocrystal QDs by optical pumping, followed by a number of reports that have focused on the details of the role of different multi-exciton states to optical gain. Howerver, achieving practical QD lasing at room temperature under continuous optically pumped is still a challenge due to non-radiation Auger processes. Herein, the challenging but practically desirable vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) based on the CdSe/ZnS QD under 405 nm CW pumping, featuring low threshold (2.8 mW cm^?2), directional output (beam divergence of ~2.36°), were realized for the first time. The results unambiguously reveal the feasibility of the emerging CdSe/ZnS QDs as practical laser media and represent a significant step toward CQD?based electrically pumped laser devices.

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Authors : W.G. van der Wiel
Affiliations : NanoElectronics Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Resume : Natural and man-made information processing systems differ greatly. Evolution has resulted in living systems that utilize whatever physical properties are exploitable to enhance the fitness for survival. Nature thereby exploits the emergent properties and massive parallelism of highly interconnected networks of locally active components. Man-made computers, however, are based on circuits of functional units, following rigid design rules. Hence, in conventional computational paradigms, potentially exploitable physical processes to solve a problem, are left out. Here, we use evolution-in-materio, which mimics Darwinian evolution by manipulating physical systems using computer-controlled evolution, to take full advantage of the computational power of nanomaterials. We have experimentally demonstrated that a designless network of gold nanoparticles – acting as single-electron transistors at low temperature – exhibits strongly non-linear behavior, which can be evolved into computational functionality. We have realized two-input-one-output Boolean logic gates and a half-bit adder in this system [1]. The viability of our approach is underlined by simulations based on both physical [2] and neural-network models [3]. Recent experimental results show that the above principle is generic, and can be demonstrated in other material systems as well, also at much higher temperatures. The present challenge is to realize more advanced functionality, preferably at higher temperature. We propose reservoir computing as a suitable framework, where not only nonlinearity but also (fading) memory is a crucial ingredient. References: [1] S.K. Bose, C.P. Lawrence, Z. Liu, K.S. Makarenko, R.M.J. van Damme, H.J. Broersma and W.G. van der Wiel, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 1048 (2015). [2] R.M.J. van Damme, H.J. Broersma, J. Mikhal, C.P. Lawrence and W.G. van der Wiel, IEEE conference proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2016). [3] K. Greff, R.M.J. van Damme, J. Koutník, H.J. Broersma, J. Mikhal, C.P. Lawrence, W.G. van der Wiel, and J. Schmidhuber, FUTURE COMPUTING 2016: The Eighth International Conference on Future Computational Technologies and Applications, ISBN: 978-1-61208-461-9

Authors : Zhijian Yang
Affiliations : Institute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, China

Resume : In this work, the interfacial self-assembly of several energetic nanocrystals were selected to study the interfacial self-assembly, including the reaction kinetics and mechanism. By induction of solvent and thermal treatment, large energetic crystals with regular morphology, uniform size, smooth surface and few defects can be obtained via thermal-metastable self-assembly in a particle level. Effects of different experimental parameters, including reaction temperature, grain size of nanocrystals, solvent system and additional surfactant adopted were investigated for the self-assembly process. The detailed investigation of the appearance and crystal structure of the assembled products were conducted by scanning electron microscopy, optical polarized microscopy, atomic force microscopy, particle size distribution and coherence strength analyses. X-ray diffraction combined with Fourier-transform infrared and Raman spectra were used to determine the polymorphic transition behaviors. Besides, the impact sensitivity and thermal properties of as-prepared crystals were also studied to evaluate their performances compared with the high-quality crystals after careful recrystallization. Characterization results indicate that energetic crystals after such thermal-metastable assembly exhibit well-defined morphology, narrow size distribution, integrated crystal structure and high compactness, with apparent improvement in impact safety. A polymorphic transition of 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazawurtzitane (CL-20) from ε to α form was observed exactly corresponding to the particle assembly process, and further study of the other three materials suggested that such phase transition can be favorable but not essential to reach the thermal-metastable state before nanocrystal assembly. The assembly kinetic was presented as followed the Avrami equation. The possible mechanism was proposed based on the observation of the intermediate state crystals, which is a typical three-step process including surface solvent induction originated from surface solvation or slight dissolution, particle agglomeration and interfacial crystal growth.

Authors : Beatriz Santiago-Gonzalez (a), Angelo Monguzzi (b), Chiara Capitani (b), Mirko Prato (c), Carlo Santambrogio (d), Francesco Meinardi (b) and Sergio Brovelli (b)
Affiliations : [a] Dr. B. Santiago-González. Bioengineering Institute of Technology Josep Trueta, s/n, 08195 Sant Cugat del Vallès. Universitat Internacional de Catalunya [b] Dr. A. Monguzzi, C. Capitani, Prof. F. Meinardi, Prof. S. Brovelli Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, via R. Cozzi 55, 20125 Milano, Italy. [c] Dr. M. Prato Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy. [d] Dr. C. Santambrogio Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 2, 20126 Milano, Italy.

Resume : Metal clusters, consisting of atomically precise metal cores protected by a shell of capping ligands, are important nontoxic functional materials with great potential in optoelectronics, photonics and bio-imaging. Recently, we demonstrated that metal clusters with appropriate ligands can also be used as subnanometer building blocks for creating supramolecular architectures with controlled secondary intermolecular interactions. This provides access to physical regimes not achievable with conventional aggregation motifs. The possibly more compelling example of this ability is the excimer photophysics exhibited by individual cluster-based superstructures that overcomes conventional limits of collisional intermolecular aggregates, especially in single-particle applications. In the opening work [Science 2016, 353, 571], such structures were produced by top-down etching of gold nanoparticles. Here,we fully redesigned the synthetic route for inter-cluster superstructures to be applicable to other metals beside gold, such as copper, and carried out through a bottom-up protocol starting from the metal salts and mild ‘green’ reductants, which further extends the potential impact and applicability of metal clusters superstructures as efficient and stable non-resonant single-particle emitters. Specifically, we produced clusters composed of 11 atoms of copper using L-ascorbic acid as both an environmentally friendly reducing agent and capping ligand, which was successively exchanged with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid to activate the H-bond networking of the clusters into chemically stable supramolecular nanoparticles. As control systems, we encapsulated individual clusters into cationic vesicles of tetraoctylammonium bromide for comparing the optical properties of the excimeric superstructures to their isolated building blocks. Spectroscopic experiments confirm the formation of permanent inter-cluster excimers held together by hydrogen bonds between the carboxylic terminations of their acidic ligands, which confer them, also in highly diluted conditions, structural stability and permanent excimer-like behavior. [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201801806] Excimer photophysics and in particular, the characteristic large Stokes-shift, is greatly beneficial for a wide range of applications spanning from photon management and solar harvesting technologies to bio-imaging, where it both lowers the detection limit and boosts the contrast and the resolution of confocal micrographs by suppressing self-absorption losses and by minimizing detrimental background signals due to the auto-fluorescence of organic tissues. Besides the direct applicative impact of a new class of Stokes-shift-engineered emitters, our results provide a general strategy for the realization of unprecedented nanostructures. The novel synthesis route, demonstrated here with copper clusters is indeed not size or composition specific, and could in principle be applied to quantum clusters of different metals or alloys, allowing one to realize permanent excimer, and possibly exciplex, superstructures with predesigned optical and electronic properties.

Authors : Wiktor Lewandowski, Maciej Bagiński, Martyna Tupikowska
Affiliations : Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Self-assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) is a great way to explore their distant- and direction-dependent collective interactions and achieve materials with unique properties. However, achieving nanoparticle assemblies with complexity characteristic to natural systems (non-close packed arrangements, hierarchical structuring and active tunability) is a grand challenge. In this respect composites of metal nanoparticles with liquid-crystals are gaining a lot of interest, e.g. they were shown to exhibit thermoresponsive behavior (W. Lewandowski et al., Nat Comm, 2015, 6590) and non-closed packed arrangements (W. Lewandowski et al., Nanoscale, 2016, 2656). Here, we show that LC-coated gold NPs can site-selectively interact with a soft, LC-template to form helical nanostructures. In the presented research different nanoparticles were covered with a promesogenic molecule. If mixed with a proper template these NPs form a 3D helical superstructure (ca. 55 nm width, 250 nm pitch), while on a smaller scale they exhibit 2D-ordered arrangement (periodicities below 20 nm). We have identified basic rules that guide the multiscale assembly behavior using small- and wide-angle XRD, TEM and AFM measurements. Optical properties of the system and the possibility of achieving chirality will be discussed. The research is conducted under Reinforce project carried out within the First Team programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.

Authors : Sung Min Lee, Jin Kim, Suk Tai Chang
Affiliations : School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea

Resume : Transparent conducting electrodes have attracted substantial attentions as an essential component of various optoelectronic devices. Recently, the grid-structured metal mesh electrodes are considered as highly efficient transparent electrodes that possess high optical transmittance while maintaining sufficient electrical conductivity and are suitable for flexible conductors with isotropic electrical conductivity. Here, we report a simple and effective approach for the fabrication of highly transparent Ag nano-mesh prepared by all water-based solution process. The Ag mesh electrodes were formed by combination of colloidal gold nanoparticles deposition and silver enhancement. The optical and electrical properties of the Ag mesh can be finely tuned by varying condition of gold nanoparticle deposition and silver enhancement. The smallest feature size of the obtained metal mesh patterns is about 700 nm with a thickness of 30-60 nm. The transparent electrodes with the Ag nano-mesh structure exhibit not only excellent electrical conductivity with a sheet resistance of 70 Ω/sq at a transmittance of 96.2% but also strong adhesion strength to substrate which is confirmed by peeling off test. Our all water-based solution processed metal mesh electrodes is applied to transparent heater which is able to heat up to 250 °C at 7 V. Through this study, not only fabrication of high performance metal mesh but also low cost fabrication without any hazardous wastes is succeeded.

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Authors : Xunda Feng, Kohsuke Kawabata, Matthew G. Cowan, Gregory E. Dwulet, Kristof Toth, Lucas Sixdenier, Amir Haji-Akbari, Richard D. Noble, Menachem Elimelech, Douglas L. Gin , and Chinedum O. Osuji
Affiliations : Yale University; Yale University; University of Colorado-Boulder;University of Colorado-Boulder; Yale University; ESPCI; Yale University; University of Colorado-Boulder; Yale University; University of Colorado-Boulder; Yale University

Resume : We examine strategies for directing self-assembly in nanostructured soft materials to create single crystals and bespoke textures. Our work elucidates physical processes that are relevant for such directed self-assembly, in part by leveraging in situ scattering tools, with an overall goal of exploiting fundamental understanding to create useful materials or devices. In particular, we consider the use of magnetic fields and confinement effects for directed self-assembly of soft mesophases of block copolymers and discotic liquid crystals. The ability to produce highly ordered functional materials over macroscopic length scales is demonstrated. We explore the role of alignment and connectivity in creating materials with highly anisotropic ion transport, and in creating highly selective nanofiltration membranes with uniformly aligned nanopores produced by molecular self-assembly. Application of orthogonal fields, and field processing across sequential phase transitions enables a novel realization of macroscopic single crystals of self-assembled mesophases with precisely specified texture. Recent progress on low field (sub-1 T) alignment and the associated potential to develop bespoke textures in block copolymers using local field screening are presented.

Authors : Irdi Murataj,1 Federico Ferrarese Lupi,1 Giulia Aprile,1 N. De Leo,1 Luca Boarino,1 Riccardo Chiarcos,2 Michele Laus2
Affiliations : 1 Nanoscience and Materials Division, Istituto Nazionale Ricerca Metrologica, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino, Italy 2 Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale ??A. Avogadro??, Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy

Resume : Block Copolymers (BCPs) are attracting wide interest for advanced lithographic applications due to their ability to self-assemble into well-ordered nanometric size structures. One of the key points useful for the practical implementation BCP in nanolithography is the increase of the lateral ordering of the nano-domains. To this goal, several methods have been proposed so far, involving the use of chemically patterned substrates, soft and hard graphoepitaxy. Recently the use of BCP/Homopolymer ternary blends has been proposed in order to sensibly increase the grain size of lamellar nano-domains. [1] In this work, we investigated the ordering and the stability of lamellae forming poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) BCP with molecular weight of 66 kg/mol blended with low molecular weight PS and PMMA homopolymers (~3 kg/mol). After the thermal annealing performed in a rapid thermal processing (RTP) machine at high temperature (Ta between 210-330 oC) we obtained a sensible increase of the lateral ordering (?) of the lamellar nano-domains compered to the unblended PS-b-PMMA films. Furthermore, under particular annealing conditions, the formation of dewetted features composed by parallel lamellae propagating for several micrometers was obtained. [1] Gregory S. Doerk, Kevin G. Yager, ?Rapid Ordering in ?Wet Brush? Block Copolymer/Homopolymer Ternary Blends? ACS Nano 2017, 11, 12326?12336.

Authors : A. Leniart, P.W. Majewski
Affiliations : Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Block copolymer (BCP) thin films have been widely studied thru the last few decades. This interest is connected with pursuance of microphase separation that enables BCPs to create various periodic nanostructures. However, without additional effort, spontaneously-formed morphologies are ordered only on the short length-scales and display no long-range order critical in many practical applications. Directed self-assembly (DSA) methods are used to induce long-range order in BCP films. Among many DSA methods, we are investigating a process of Laser Zone Annealing coupled with the Soft-Shearing (SS-LZA). It is a complex combinatorial process, where sweeping laser line induces thermal gradients in the substrate, which combined with simultaneous soft shearing above, yields well-ordered BCP morphologies. In its first implementations, the utility of the SS-LZA method for macroscopic alignment has been limited thin layers of thermal conductors deposited on substrates with poor heat dissipation properties such as glass or quartz [1][2]. Here, we present a new approach, which allows us to align BCP thin films on conventional substrates, such as regular silicon wafers broadly used by researchers and industry. We believe that overcoming that technical difficulty could contribute to the broader use of the method. [1] Majewski, P.W., Yager, K.G., Millisecond Ordering of Block Copolymer Films via Photothermal Gradients, (2015) ACS Nano, 9 (4), pp. 3896-3906 [2] Jin, H.M., Lee, S.H., Kim, J.Y., Son, S.-W., Kim, B.H., Lee, H.K., Mun, J.H., Cha, S.K., Kim, J.S., Nealey, P.F., Lee, K.J., Kim, S.O., Laser Writing Block Copolymer Self-Assembly on Graphene Light-Absorbing Layer, (2016) ACS Nano, 10 (3), pp. 3435-3442

Authors : Karolina Korzeb, Esteban Bermúdez-Ureña, Ullrich Steiner, Ilja Gunkel
Affiliations : Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Resume : Bottom-up self-assembly fabrication processes allow for the fabrication of various functional nanostructures, e.g. optical metamaterials. These plasmonic materials, manufactured using gyroid terpolymer films as templates, are engineered to exhibit interesting optical properties including a depressed plasma frequency and linear dichroism. However, these optical properties can only be observed in nanostructured samples with long-range order. A convenient way to generate long-range order in block copolymer templates is to direct the polymer self-assembly in films by using lithographically patterned substrates. However, directed self-assembly (DSA) has been mostly shown for simple morphologies like spheres, cylinder or lamellae, whereas there are only very few examples of DSA of three-dimensional network structures like the gyroid. In this work, we are exploring the DSA of gyroid terpolymer films on patterned substrates in combination with well-controlled solvent vapor annealing experiments. The experiments employed a PI-b-PS-b-PGMA triblock terpolymer and silicon substrates with specific trench patterns. The effects of the polymer film thickness, trench dimensions and annealing conditions on the alignment and degree of order of the gyroid structures are analyzed based on an atomic force microscopy characterization of the polymer films on various substrate patterns.

Authors : Michele Perego (1), Gabriele Seguini (1), Elena Cianci (1), Esteve Amat (3), Marta Fernadez-Regulez (3), Steven Gottlieb (3), Francesc Perez-Murano (3) Ahmed Gharbi (2), Patricia Pimenta-Barros (2), Laurent Pain (2), Raluca Tiron (2)
Affiliations : (1) IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti, 2, Agrate Brianza, Italy (2) CEA-LETI, Minatec Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble cedex 9, France (3) IMB, CSIC, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain

Resume : Sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS) provides a successful route to grow inorganic materials into polymeric films through the penetration of of gaseous precursors into the polymer, both in order to enhance the functional properties of the polymer creating an organic-inorganic hybrid material, and to fabricate inorganic nanostructures when infiltrating in patterned polymer films or in self-assembled block copolymers (BCP). In this work we focus on the fabrication of sub-20 nm Al2O3 pillars by SIS in PMMA-cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA BCP. We optimize the process in PS-b-PMMA thin films deposited on un-patterned substrates and then we transfer the process in PS-b-PMMA BCP self assembled in topographically defined structures. In particular we investigate in detail the effects of the guiding structure that drives the block copolymer self-assembly process on the final morphology of the Al2O3 nanostructures. Finally Al2O3 pillars are used as hard mask to perform a pattern transfer into the underlying substrate and form high aspect ratio Si structures.

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Authors : S. Zimmermann, Yu Shao-Chi (Henry), Y. Lisunova, J. Brugger
Affiliations : Microsystems Laboratory Institute of Microengineering School of Engineering Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) 1015 Lausanne Switzerland

Resume : The field of process (nano-)engineering increasingly embraces new emerging fabrication methods. Besides relying on established techniques using charged particle lithography (electrons and ions) and thin film processing, we constantly explore new methods that are not harmful to sensitive functional material required for nanosystems, such as 2D systems or organic molecules. Three of such enabling methods are nanostenciling [1], thermal scanning probe lithography (t-SPL) and nanoparticle capillary assembly [2]. Here, I will focus mainly on t-SPL. Besides being an ultra rapid, closed feedback loop, direct nanowriting method, it excels mainly when applied to the local heating/cooling induced modification of functional materials. Our current research in this field focuses on improved 3D capabilities [3] using the t-SPL. Further, we explore the extremely reduced spatio-temporal control (nm-microsecond) of heat generation to induce phase changes in functional material systems. One interesting class of materials are supra-molecular glasses, which change fluorescence state when going through very fast heat/cool quenching cycles [4]. A second material we are exploring is silk, which is biocompatible and can switch water-solubility when exposed to heat [5]. These emerging methods do not use radiation, plasma and harsh etch chemistry, and thus can be applied to sensitive materials. In future, we may combine them into a comprehensive nano-toolbox allowing for hybrid mix-and-match fabrication also combined with conventional lithography. [1] O. Vazquez-Mena et al. Microelectronic Engineering (2015) [2] V. Flauraud et al. Nature Nanotechnology (2017) [3] Y. Lisunova et al. Microelectronic Engineering (2018) [4] S. Zimmermann et al. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2017) [5] S. Zimmermann et al. MNE 2017, Braga, Portugal

Authors : Quirina Ferreira
Affiliations : 1 Instituto de Telecomunicações, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

Resume : Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) is the elected technique by the scientists to visualize and manipulate matter at molecular/atomic scale. Namely, has been used to monitor in real-time the formation of self-assembled monolayers highly organized in which the molecules arrange themselves into packed 2D crystals and fully covering the surface[1,2]. Several high resolution STM images about self-assembly molecular systems formation have been reported revealing the parameters which are involved in the monolayers formation whether they are physical parameters (e.g. concentration of solutes, wettability, contact angles, superficial tension, temperature variations) or chemical parameters (e.g. molecule structure, orbital configuration). Recently, the STM has been used to build molecular systems with multicomponents, e.g., self-assembled monolayers with more than one molecular element, vertical supramolecular structures synthetized in-situ[3,4] and/or molecular switches[2]. This work reviews the methodology which is involved in the development of these systems revealing details on how to use the STM to monitor their fabrication[5]. References: [1] Q. Ferreira, A. M. Bragança, N. M. M. Moura, M. A. F. Faustino, L. Alcácer, J. Morgado, “Dynamics of porphyrin adsorption on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite monitored by scanning tunnelling microscopy at the liquid/solid interface”, Applied Surface Science, 273, 220, 2013. [2] J. Oliveira, A. M. Bragança, L. Alcácer, J. Morgado, Mário A. T. Figueiredo, J. Bioucas, Q. Ferreira, Sparse-coding denoising applied to reversible conformational switching of a porphyrin self-assembled monolayer induced by scanning tunnelling microscopy: IMAGE DENOISING ALGORITHMS FOR STM IMAGES, Journal of Microscopy, DOI: 10.1111/jmi.12699, 2018 [3] Q. Ferreira, A. M. Bragança, L. Alcácer, J. Morgado, “Conductance of well-defined porphyrin self-assembled molecular wires up to 14 nm in length”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118 (3), 7229 - 7234, 2014. [4] Q. Ferreira, L. Alcácer, J. Morgado, “Stepwise Preparation and Characterization of Molecular Wires made of Zinc octaethylporphyrin complexes bridged by 4,4’-bipyridine on HOPG”, Nanotechnology, 22, 435604, 2011 [5] C. Delfino, Q. Ferreira, Recent Advances in bottom-up self-assembled supramolecular structures builded by STM, Materials, 2018, accepted. Acknowledgements We thank FCT-Portugal, under the project UID/EEA/50008/2013 for financial support

Authors : Pascal Rusch, Marina Rosbrock, Nadja C. Bigall
Affiliations : Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Resume : Nanoparticles have a wide range of potential applications in catalysis, sensorics or electrochemistry [1]. For these applications it is often necessary to immobilize the particles and the assembly of nanoparticles into porous networks, called gels, is a promising approach to fulfill this need. The interesting properties of nanoparticles such as high surface to volume ratio as well as the unique nanoscopic optical properties can be retained throughout the gelation process. Additionally the gelation can even introduce new properties exclusive to the gel which neither exist in the nanoparticle nor the bulk material as our group showed earlier [2]. While gelation is an advantageous way for particle assembly up to now the mechanical stability of nanoparticle gels is mostly unsatisfactory. We see the use of silica networks – one of the longest known gel materials – as reinforcement for the nanoparticle gel as an approach to circumvent this problem. We show a novel approach to combine semiconductor nanoparticles and silica into one material all while retaining the initial properties of the particles. [1] Trindade, T.; O’Brien, P.; Pickett, N. L. Nanocrystalline Semiconductors: Synthesis, Properties, and Perspectives. Chemistry of Materials. 2001. [2] Sanchez-Paradinas, S.; Dorfs, D.; Friebe, S.; Freytag, A.; Wolf, A.; Bigall, N. C. Aerogels from CdSe/CdS Nanorods with Ultra-Long Exciton Lifetimes and High Fluorescence Quantum Yields. Adv. Mater.2015, 27 (40), 6152–6156.

Authors : Seong Soo Choi, Seh Joung Oh, Soo Bong Choi, Hyun Tae Kim
Affiliations : (1) SunMoon University, Ahsan, Chungnam 31460, South Korea (2) Inchon National University, Inchon City, South Korea

Resume : The ultrasmall portable size single molecule detection device by using an electrical detection technique has been recently manufactured by Oxford Nanopore Technology, which its relatively high error rate needs to be reduced significantly. It can be attributed to electric dipole layer formation inside the nanopore channel. Plasmonic sensing devices on ordered flow-through nanohole array with ~ 100 nm diameter for biomolecule sensing was fabricated, however, the optical nanopore device is yet to be fabricated. Considering the facts that the optical detection technique is being utilized for most biosensors including genome sequencing devices, optical detection nanopore slit array would be also an excellent candidate as a next generation bio sensor.

Authors : Adriana Pavinatto1,2, Luiza A. Mercante1,3, Murilo H.M. Facure1,4, Rafaella B. Pena1, Rafaela C. Sanfelice1,5, Daniel S. Correa1,4, Luiz H.C. Mattoso1,3
Affiliations : Adriana Pavinatto1,2, Luiza A. Mercante1,3, Murilo H.M. Facure1,4, Rafaella B. Pena1, Rafaela C. Sanfelice1,5, Daniel S. Correa1,4, Luiz H.C. Mattoso1,3 1Nanotechnology National Laboratory for Agriculture (LNNA), Embrapa Instrumentação, São Carlos, SP, Brazil; 2Scientific and Technological Institute of Brazil University, Universidade Brasil, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; 3PPG-CEM, Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP, Brazil; 4Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Technological and Exact Sciences – ICTE, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, MG, Brazil; 5PPGQ, Department of Chemistry, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar),São Carlos, SP, Brazil.

Resume : 17α-Ethinylestradiol (EE2) is a synthetic hormone with high estrogenic potency, widely used as the main component in oral contraceptives. we report a novel and efficient bioactive surface nanostructuration method using enzyme-based hybrid electrospun nanofibers for electrochemical detection of EE2. Polyvinylpyrrolidone/chitosan/reduced graphene oxide electrospun nanofibers (PVP/Chi/rGO NFs) were produced at the surface of fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode by electrospinning technique2 and then assembled with Laccase for the detection of EE2. The composite nanofibers were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical measurements. Enzyme activity was preserved and the obtained biosensor enabled successful detection of EE2 by amperometry. The PVP/Chi/rGO_Laccase modified electrode exhibited a good stability, a linear response in the range from 0.25 to 20.0 pmol L-1, and a very low limit of detection of 0.15 pmol L-1 (3.3 σ/S). In addition, the developed enzymatic biosensor showed good reproducibility with relative standard deviation (RSD) equal to 4.29% and 8.44% to intra- and inter-electrode, respectively, and no interference from several common interfering compounds. The results suggest the developed biosensor as a reliable and viable alternative for the analytical determination of EE2 in real sample and environmental analysis.

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Authors : D. Lehninger, D. Rafaja, V. Klemm, C. Röder, L. Khomenkova, F. Schneider, J. von Borany, and J. Heitmann
Affiliations : D. Lehninger; F. Schneider; J. Heitmann: Institute of Applied Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, D-09596 Freiberg, Germany D. Rafaja; V. Klemm: Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, D-09596 Freiberg, Germany C. Röder: Institute of Theoretical Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, D-09596 Freiberg, Germany L. Khomenkova: Institute of Semiconductor Physics, 45 Pr. Nauky, Kyiv 03028, Ukraine J. von Borany: Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, D-01314 Dresden, Germany

Resume : [Ge-TaZrOx/TaZrOx] superlattices were fabricated by confocal radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. After annealing the superlattices, spherically shaped Ge nanocrystals with well controlled size and spatial distribution have been formed as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Raman scattering showed that the crystallization of the Ge starts at 700 °C. In contrast, the TaZrOx matrix crystalizes at 770 °C via the formation of orthorhombic zirconium oxide and orthorhombic tantalum oxide as confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Thus, the material system allows the controlled formation of Ge nanocrystals in an amorphous ZrO2-based high-k matrix material. The size and size distribution of the nanocrystals depends strongly on the Ge-TaZrOx composite layer thickness. The size of the nanocrystals formed from 3 nm and 6 nm thick composite layers corresponds to the layer thickness. Composite layers of 9 nm and 12 nm thickness form two fractions of nanocrystals with different sizes. The size control is thus less suitable for composite layers larger than 6 nm. An additional SiO2 layer underneath the composite layer leads to the formation of larger and better separated Ge nanocrystals. The influence of the matrix material on the formation of the nanocrystals is discussed in detail.

Authors : K.-H. Heinig(1), J. von Borany(1), T. Prüfer(1), X. Xu(1), W. Möller(1), A. Gharbi(2), R. Tiron(2), G. Hlawacek(1), L. Bischoff(1), H.-J. Engelmann(1), S. Facsko(1)
Affiliations : 1 Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden, Germany; 2 CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, F-38054 Grenoble, France;

Resume : Room temperature (RT) operation of Single Electron Transistors (SETs) is based on two conditions: (i) The Coulomb blockade energy of charging a dot must be smaller than kT, i.e. a Si quantum dot must be <5nm. (ii) The electron tunneling distance from the Si dot embedded in SiO2 to an electrode must be <1.5nm. Such dimensions are beyond the limits of top-down processes like Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) and Reactive Ion Etching (RIE). As we demonstrate by atomistic computer simulations, a functional nanostructure for RT-SETs can be achieved by bottom-up processes, i.e. self-organization and self-alignment: Phase separation in a tiny volume ~(10nm)3 of metastable SiOx results in the formation of a single Si precipitate in SiO2 . And, if this SiOx volume is bordered at two sides by a Si/SiOx interface, the Si dot becomes self-aligned (isolated) by a SiO2 layer (SiOx denuted by excess Si). The tiny SiOx volume has been formed by top-down processes: From a bulk Si/7nm SiO2/a-Si layer stack nanopillars of <20nm diameter have been fabricated by EBL and RIE. Then, the SiO2 layer embedded in the nanopillar was transformed into SiOx by 50keV Si ion irradiation. During subsequent annealing the single Si dot is expected to form. Two nanoscale phenomena not observed so far have to be overcome to get a reliable RT-SET fabrication. This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688072.

Authors : Leslie Schlag, Nishchay A. Isaac, Daniela Kapp, Helene Nahrstedt, Johannes Reiprich, Thomas Stauden, Jörg Pezoldt, Heiko O.Jacobs
Affiliations : Technische Universität Ilmenau FG Nanotechnologie Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 1 98693 Ilmenau

Resume : This talk will present the method of self-aligning gas phase electrodeposition and will address applications such as nano interconnects, vias or gas sensors. Recently, new trends have emerged in the area of interconnects and vias for semiconductor components. The semiconductor industry is now looking for ways to integrate new non-copper-based materials such as ruthenium or new self-aligned technologies into existing production processes. In contrary to conventional metallization, ruthenium has a better conductivity in the nano range than copper or aluminium. Another interesting feature is the possibility of electrically connecting arbitrary points on the chip. The method of gas phase electrodeposition for self-aligned growth and the fabrication of metallic nanobridges has been reported [1]. In addition, metal electrodes growing vertically upwards were also produced with the gas phase electrodeposition [2] for photovoltaic applications. The concept becomes particularly interesting when one considers the upcoming idea of nanoscale interlayer vias (ILV). These are necessary if connections between individual thin chips will be enabled in the next chip generation, so that the computing power can be processed massively in parallel. In addition to the general technological trends for optimizing computing power and upstream production processes, the aspects of materials management and environmental compatibility are becoming increasingly important. Processes with the highest possible material yield are of particular interest. In recent years, gas phase electrodeposition has established itself as a very material-saving method. It enables the locally produced nanomaterial to be selectively captured on the substrate by selective transport in photoresist openings. This achieves a high material yield, which means that expensive materials such as ruthenium or gold, are used economically and efficiently. References [1] Fang, J.; Schlag, L.; Park, S. C.; Stauden, T.; Pezoldt, J.; Schaaf, P.; Jacobs, H. O., Approaching Gas Phase Electrodeposition: Process and Optimization to Enable the Self-Aligned Growth of 3D Nanobridge-Based Interconnects, Adv. Mater. 2016, 28 (9), 1770–1779. [2] Lin, E. C.; Cole, J. J.; Jacobs, H. O., Gas Phase Electrodeposition: A Programmable Multimaterial Deposition Method for Combinatorial Nanostructured Device Discovery, Nano Lett. 2010, 10 (11), 4494–4500. (Note: The presentation shows recent research results which will be published in the second half of 2018.)

Authors : F. Ehre1, C. Labbé1, C. Dufour1, X. Portier1, C. Frilay1, P. Marie1, J. Cardin1, H. Rinnert 2, D. Lagarde 3, X. Marie3, W. M. Jadwisienczak4, D. C. Ingram5, F. Gourbilleau1
Affiliations : 1 CIMAP, CNRS/CEA/ENSICAEN/Unicaen, 14050 Caen, Cedex 4, France; 2 Université de Lorraine, Institut Jean Lamour, UMR7198, Nancy F-54011, France; 3 LPCNO, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INSA, UPS, 135 avenue de Rangueil, 31077; Toulouse, France 4 School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ohio University, Stocker; Center, Athens, OH 45701, USA 5 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA;

Resume : One promising solution to increase the solar cells efficiency consists in developing down-converter layers compatible with the silicon industry which absorb UV photons and convert them into IR ones. To achieve such a goal, rare earth ions doped silicon nitride-based thin films have been deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering. This nitride host matrix allows a high RE ions incorporation while avoiding the clustering effect observed in silicon oxide matrices. Moreover, it has been used as an efficient antireflective layer contributing also to a better efficiency of the Si solar cells. Two different co-doping with RE ions have been chosen i.e. Tb3 -Yb3 and Ce3 -Yb3 . The first step of this work is focused on achieving an intense emission of Tb3 or Ce3 ions by optimizing the deposition parameters. In the case of Tb3 ions, the goal is to enhance the coupling between sensitizers and Tb3 ion activator, whereas in the case of Ce3 ions, the optimized 4f-5d transitions allow achieving a direct efficient excitation of the RE ions. A comparison between the excitation efficiency of each co-doped system will be presented. The second step consists in the incorporation of Yb3 ions with an increasing content to optimize the Tb3 /Ce3 -Yb3 ions coupling with the aim at obtaining an intense emission at 980 nm just above the Si fundamental band gap. The excitation mechanisms of Tb3 and Yb3 ions will be discussed. Furthermore, the IR quantum cutting efficiency will be determined by photoluminescence decay time measurements (above 180%). At last, simulations have been performed to find, with help of Bragg mirror, the best density of UV photons trapped in DC layer for a better quantum cutting effect. The additional efficiency has been then calculated.

Authors : Daniel Hiller
Affiliations : Research School of Engineering, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia

Resume : Si nanocrystals (Si NCs) with narrow size distributions and mean sizes of 2 to 5 nm are studied to investigate P- and B-doping of ultra-small Si nanostructures. Atom probe tomography (APT) shows that P-atoms are quite efficiently incorporated in Si NCs [1], while B-atoms are less efficiently incorporated [2]. Using photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), transient transmission (TT) [3] and current-voltage measurements (I-V) it is shown that no free carriers can be detected in P- or B-containing Si NCs. We explain this observation by (i) the significantly increased substitutional formation energy, which incorporates a vast majority of dopant atoms on interstitial lattice sites rather than on Si-lattice sites and (ii) by a significantly increased dopant ionization energy (compared to dopants in bulk-Si) due to quantum and dielectric confinement effects [1-3]. Hence, thermal energy at room temperature is not sufficient for dopant ionization in Si NCs. On the other hand, density functional theory (DFT) suggests that P-/B-impurities on interstitial lattice sites or on the NC-surface give rise to defect states in the energy gap of the Si NCs [1,2], which explains the commonly observed PL-quenching by dopants. [1] D. Hiller, J. López-Vidrier, S. Gutsch, M. Zacharias, K. Nomoto, D. König, Sci. Rep. 7, 863 (2017) [2] D. Hiller, J. López-Vidrier, S. Gutsch, M. Zacharias, M. Wahl, W. Bock, A. Brodyanski, M. Kopnarski, K. Nomoto, J. Valenta, D. König, Sci. Rep. 7, 8337 (2017) [3] D. Hiller, J. López-Vidrier, K. Nomoto, M. Wahl, W. Bock, T. Chlouba, F. Trojánek, S. Gutsch, M. Zacharias, D. König, P. Malý, M. Kopnarski, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 9, 1501 (2018)

Authors : Fabrizio Moro, Alistair J. Fielding, Lyudmila Turyanska, Amalia Patanè.
Affiliations : School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK; Department of Physics, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden; School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, L3 3AF, UK; School of Chemistry, University of Lincoln, LN6 7DL, UK.

Resume : The implementation of quantum algorithms in quantum dots (QDs) requires the ma- nipulation of several two-level systems.[1] This can be realized by exchange-coupled spin-qubits in QDs which remains a challenging task.[2,3] An alternative approach is offered by a qudit, i.e. a d-dimensional extension of a qubit, which provides a multi-dimensional Hilbert space (d > 2) for encoding several bits per unit.[4] Of particular interest are the quantum states of transition metal (TM) and rare earth (RE) ions because they offer a natural qudit-system.[5] Here, we report on a qudit made of electron-nuclear spin states of a single Mn2+ ion con ned in PbS QDs.[6] We exploit electron double resonance techniques to detect Mn2+ nuclear magnetic resonances (EDNMR) and to drive Rabi oscillations implementing NOT and SWAP universal quantum gates (Fig. 1).[7] Thus, we show that Mn2+ ions in QDs represent a model qudit-system beyond traditional spin-qubits in QDs. References [1] D. Loss and D. P. DiVincenzo, Phys. Rev. A 57, 120 (1998). [2] J. R. Petta, A. C. Johnson et al., Science 309, 2180 (2005). [3] M. Veldhorst, C. H. Yang et al., Nature 526, 410 (2015). [4] D. P. O'Leary, G. K. Brennen et al., Phys. Rev. A 74, 032334 (2006). [5] R. Hanson, L. P. Kouwenhoven et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 79, 1217 (2007). [6] a) F. Moro, et al., Sci. Rep. 5, 10855 (2015). b) F. Moro, et al., Phys. Rev. B. 90, 205428 (2014). [7] F. Moro, A.J. Fielding et al. under review (2018).

10:30 Coffee Break    
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Authors : J. C. McCallum, A. M. Jakob, V. Mourik, B. C. Johnson, V. Schmitt, F. Hudson, M. Stuiber, S. G. Robson, C. Lew, D. L. Creedon, L. H. Willems van Beveren, A. Morello, D. N. Jamieson
Affiliations : School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010 Australia Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology National Measurement Institute, PO Box 264, Lindfield NSW 2070, Australia

Resume : Si-based nanoscale devices that exhibit quantum functionalities in their operational characteristics offer new prospects for developments in quantum technologies with areas of application including quantum computing and communications, quantum sensing and metrology. We have developed considerable experience in design, fabrication and measurement of quantum devices in which ion implantation has been a central part of the fabrication protocol. We have demonstrated single donor addressability, spin initialisation and single shot readout for Si devices implanted with one or a few 31P donors. Experiments on devices formed in isotopically-pure 28Si epilayers have shown nuclear spin coherence times for 31P donor qubits in excess of 30 s [1,2]. The challenge for the next generation of devices is to develop fabrication and measurement protocols that allow scale-up to small ensembles of coupled qubits. The recently proposed flip-flop qubit architecture offers the prospect of being able to couple donor qubits over relatively large distances of a few hundred nanometres and with donor placement tolerances that are compatible with ion implantation limitations [3]. To meet the challenge of building devices based on this architecture we have upgraded our deterministic ion implantation method to operate at room temperature. This has required considerable redesign of the on-chip ion impact detection electrode arrangement and development of a device layout that allows for multiple independently targetable construction sites on the one chip to be processed in parallel. Our progress towards meeting this goal will be presented in this talk. At the other implantation fluence extreme we have made devices with nanoscale ring structures that are degenerately doped with either As donors or B acceptors and we have observed novel magneto-transport characteristics at temperatures below the superconducting transition of the aluminium contacts. We will present details of the characteristics of these devices and our understanding of the magneto-transport features. [1] J. J. Pla, K. Y. Tan, J. P. Dehollain, W. H. Lim, J. J. L. Morton, D. N. Jamieson, A. S. Dzurak and A. Morello, A single-atom electron spin qubit in silicon, Nature 489, 541(2012). [2] J. T. Muhonen , J. P. Dehollain, A. Laucht, F. E. Hudson, R. Kalra, T. Sekiguchi, K. M. Itoh, D. N. Jamieson, J. C. McCallum, A. S. Dzurak and A. Morello, Storing quantum information for 30 seconds in a nanoelectronic device, Nat. Nanotech. 9, 986, (2014). [3] G. Tosi, F. A. Mohiyaddin, V. Schmitt, S. Tenberg, R. Rahman, G. Klimeck and A. Morello, Silicon quantum processor with robust long-distance qubit couplings, Nature Comm. 8, 450 (2017).

Authors : Y. Berencén1,a), S. Prucnal1, M. Wang1, R. Hübner1, W. Möller1, T. Schönherr1, M. Bilal Khan1, M. Glaser2, Y. M. Georgiev1, A. Erbe1, A. Lugstein2, L. Rebohle1, M. Helm1 and S. Zhou1
Affiliations : 1 Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, 01314 Dresden, Germany 2 Institute for Solid State Electronics, Vienna University of Technology, Floragasse 7, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

Resume : Semiconducting nanowires (NWs) hold promises for functional nanoscale devices [1]. Although several applications have been demonstrated in the areas of electronics, photonics and sensing, the doping of NWs remains challenging. Ion implantation is a standard doping method in top-down semiconductor industry, which offers precise control over the areal dose and depth profile as well as allows for the doping of all elements of the periodic table even beyond their equilibrium solid solubility [2]. Yet its major disadvantage is the concurrent material damage. A subsequent annealing process is commonly used for the healing of implant damage and the electrical activation of dopants. This step, however, might lead to the out-diffusion of dopants and eventually the degradation of NWs because of the low thermal stability caused by the large surface–area-to-volume ratio. In this work, we report on non-equilibrium processing for controlled doping of drop-casted Si/SiO2 core/shell NWs with shallow- and deep-level dopants below and above their equilibrium solid solubility. The approach lies on the implantation of either shallow-level dopants, such as B and P, or deep-level dopants like Se followed by millisecond flash lamp annealing. In case of amorphization upon high-fluence implantation, recrystallization takes place via a bottom-up template-assisted solid phase epitaxy. Non-equilibrium Se concentrations lead to intermediate-band Si/SiO2 core/shell NWs that have room-temperature sub-band gap photoresponse when configured as a photoconductor device [3]. Alternatively, the formation of a cross-sectional p-n junction is demonstrated by co-implanting P and B in individual NWs at different depth along the NW core. [1] Peidong Yang, Ruoxue Yan, and Melissa Fardy, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 1529–1536 [2] Michiro Sugitani, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2014, 85, 02C315 [3] Y. Berencén, et al. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 1800101 a)Corresponding author:

Authors : Mallet N.1, Pezard J.1, Lecestre A.1, Scheid E.1, Cristiano F.1, Martin M.2, Baron T.2, Fanciulli M.3, Larrieu G.1
Affiliations : 1. LAAS CNRS Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France; 2. CNRS, LTM, Grenoble, France; 3. University of Milano – Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Resume : Since few years transistors improvement reached a milestone : innovations in the field of architectures and materials are needed to pursue the downscaling. According to ITRS, Gate-all-Around transistors on vertical nanowires are the most promising candidate for the sub-5nm node. Our aim is to combine the benefits of this architecture with the introduction of a high-mobility channel, namely GaAs, leading to low power, higher performance devices. This innovation induces several challenges toward the integration of a transistor on vertical GaAs nanowires : Fabrication of high density vertical III-V nanowires array on Si as well as the introduction of gate high-k dielectric with low interface defects and low resistive CMOS-compatible source/drain contacts on these 3D nanostructures. Here we will present: - Top-Down approach to pattern high-density arrays of vertical GaAs nanowires on Si with controlled dimensions and localization. - Thin Al2O3 layer by ALD with sulfur passivation, in situ cleaning and annealing exhibiting low value of Dit. HRTEM characterizations coupled EDX quantifications show a perfect uniformity along the nanowires without metallic segregations. - Low resistive CMOS compatible contacts made using Ni-(GaAs) alloy, allowing symmetrical contacts on the top and bottom parts of the nanowires. - All these advances have been integrated in a CMOS compatible process on a conventional Si(100) substrate leading to the realization of new generation of transistors.

Authors : Michele Perego (1), Gabriele Seguini (1), Elisa Arduca(1,2), Andrea Nomellini (3), Francesco Caruso (3)Katia Sparnacci (2), Diego Antonioli (2), Valentina Gianotti (2), Michele Laus (2)
Affiliations : (1) Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20846 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy (2) Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Viale T. Michel 11, Università del Piemonte Orientale A. Avogadro, INSTM, Alessandria 15121, Italy (3) Università degli Studi di Milano, Via G. Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano, Italy

Resume : A simple and efficient bottom-up technology for precisely controlling the amount of dopant atoms tethered on silicon substrates is presented. Polystyrene and poly-(methyl methacrylate) polymers with narrow molecular weight distribution and end-terminated with a P-containing moiety were synthesized with different molar mass. The polymers were spin coated and subsequently end-grafted onto nondeglazed silicon substrates. P atoms were bonded to the surface during the grafting reaction, and their surface density was set by the polymer molar mass, according to the self-limiting nature of the “grafting to” reaction. Polymeric material was removed by O2 plasma hashing without affecting the tethered P-containing moieties on the surface.Repeated cycles of polymer grafting followed by plasma hashing led to a cumulative increase, at constant steps, in the dose of P atoms grafted to the silicon surface. P injection in the silicon substrate was promoted and precisely controlled by high- temperature thermal treatments. Sheet resistance and Hall demonstrated effective doping of silicon substrate and were used to determine the effective activation of the injected P impurities.

12:20 Lunch Break    
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Authors : Kevin G. Yager
Affiliations : Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Resume : I will present emerging strategies for constructing three-dimensional nanostructures whose shapes and symmetries go beyond those of the bulk equilibrium diblock copolymer phase diagram. Photo-thermal methods are used to control block copolymer ordering; ordered layers can be stacked to yield new lattice symmetries. This multi-layered strategy can also be performed in a responsive mode, where each self-assembled layer templates the ones that follow. Finally, I describe how blending allows the self-assembling film morphology itself to be responsive to underlying guide patterns. Taken together, these new motifs represent a toolbox for constructing 3D nanostructures with symmetries and complexity beyond conventional self-assembled morphologies.

Authors : André Beyer
Affiliations : Physics of Supramolecular Systems and Surfaces, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Resume : The helium ion microscope (HIM) is a charged particle microscope employing helium ions for probing the sample. In the low dose regime, the HIM operates as microscope, high doses enable material modification and sputtering. Compared to conventional focussed ion beams (FIB) using metal ions like gallium, the HIM offers a very small focal spot size down to 0.35 nm and a strongly localized sputter interaction with the material. In this talk, I will present examples of imaging and local milling of two-dimensional nanostructures with helium ion microscopy. In particular, carbon nanomembranes (CNMs) and graphene will be discussed. CNMs are made by a combination of molecular self-assembly, radiation-induced cross-linking and the detachment of the cross-linked monolayer from its substrate. I will demonstrate that the HIM is particularly well suited for imaging such insulating membranes due to its efficient charge compensation tool. Effects of sample charging, imaging of multilayers and imaging artefacts for CNMs as a model system will be discussed. Furthermore, it will be shown that the focused helium ion beam of the HIM can be utilized to create nanopores in insulating as well as conducting membranes. In CNMs, pore diameters were realized down to 1.3 nm. An analysis of the nanopore growth behaviour allows determination of the profile of the helium ion beam.

Authors : F. Ferrarese Lupi,1 T. J. Giammaria,2,3 A. Miti,4 G. Zuccheri,4 S. Carignano,5 L. Boarino,1 N. De Leo,1 K. Sparnacci,3 G. Seguini,2 M. Perego,2 M. Laus3
Affiliations : 1 Nanoscience and Materials Division, Istituto Nazionale Ricerca Metrologica, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino, Italy 2 CNR-IMM, Unit of Agrate Brianza, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy 3 Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale ‘‘A. Avogadro’’, Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy 4 Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie e Istituto di Nanoscienze del CNR (S3-Modena), Via Irnerio, 48 , 40126 Bologna, Italy 5 LNGS–INFN, Via G. Acitelli, 22, 67100 Assergi,Italy

Resume : The dewetting process of ultra-thin homopolymeric films has been widely studied in the past years for its potential technological application in coatings for corrosion protection or functional surfaces In this perspective, the possibility to associate the nano-scale pattern typical of the self-assembly (SA) of Block Copolymer (BCP) films to the micro-scale dewetting allows to conceive a new class of materials with improved capabilities and potential application in fields like biological sensing or photonics. In this work the effect of the dewetting process on the SA characteristics (i.e. domain ordering and orientation) of cylinder forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methylacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) BCP films was analyzed. The dewetting of BCP films with thickness between 2 nm and 15 nm was found to be strongly different when induced on Random Copolymers (RCP) systems with different thickness. In particular we considered RCPs having grafting thickness between 2 and 10 nm. When BCP dewets on thin RCPs the ordering of the nanometric cylinders considerably increases, far exceeding the correlation length values obtained in thick continuous BCP films. As a result, circular micrometric droplets composed by a single and defectless grain are generated and randomly distributed on the substrate. The control over the position of the droplets was achieved resorting to large-scale chemical patterns obtained by laser lithography and plasma etching. By properly adjusting the periodicity of the chemical pattern and the substrate wettability it was possible to tune and select the shape of the dewetted droplets in terms of maximum thickness, contact angle and diameter, thus creating highly ordered hierarchical patterns at nanometric scale.

Authors : K. Brassat, D. Kool, J. K. N. Lindner
Affiliations : Nanostructuring, Nanoanalysis and Photonic Materials group, Dept. of Physics, Paderborn University, Germany; Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn CeOPP, Paderborn, Germany

Resume : The self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) into ordered nanostructures is a highly attractive bottom-up technique for the creation of arrays of regular nanofeatures on large surface areas. Applying BCP lithography on pre-patterned surfaces makes this technique even more versatile as the directed self-assembly allows for more complex and hierarchical nanopatterns. In this contribution, we present a combination of BCP lithography with nanosphere lithography (NSL). The combination of these two self-assembly techniques will be shown to allow for the creation of ordered hierarchical nanostructures, while maintaining the advantages of low-cost, large-area surface nanopatterning. Applying SEM, AFM, surface energy investigations and TEM, we present the creation of either arrays of hierarchical nanopores or hierarchical concentric nanorings by steering the BCP-surface interactions during self-assembly. The hierarchical nanopores consist of sub-20 nm nanopores site-selectively formed inside arrays of 400 nm-diameter nanohole arrays in different material thin films. Tuning the self-assembly process can be used to generate concentric polymer nanorings inside the circular nanoholes. These tunable hierarchical nanostructures are suitable for advanced lithographical surface patterning or can act as templates for nanoobject positioning.

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Authors : Dmitry Zagorskiy 1, Kiril Frolov 1, Sergey Bedin 1, Ilia Doludenko 1,2, Andrey Lomov 1
Affiliations : 1 Center of Crystallography and Photonics of RAS, Moscow, Russia; 2 National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Resume : Synthesis.Different types of nanowires (NWs) were obtained by template synthesis technique using different polymer matrixes. Metals were deposited using galvanic technique. Cu and Ag were deposited in pure state, while for Fe, Co and Ni different types of deposition were used for obtaining pure, alloys and layered NWs. Emission. Samples of Cu and Ag NWs were used as substrates for deposition of probes in mass-spectrometer. Such structures could be effectively used for desorption and emission of biological molecules-due to small radius of curvature. The dependences of emission intensity on laser intensity and surface density of NWs were investigated. (The last one was found to be non-linear- due to saturation effect). Microscopy and X-ray analysis . It was found that the composition of Two-components-NWs is different from the composition of electrolyte, the effect of “anomalous co-deposition” took place; X-ray demonstrated dependence of crystallinity and defects on deposition. Mossbauer spectra of Fe NWs: it was found that spectra depend on pores diameter. For thick NWs the spectra were the same as for bulk material. For thin NWs the intensity ratio of sextet was different from 3:2:1:1:2:3 due to orientation and presence of defects Magnetic measurements were carried out - all samples are ferromagnetic. For example, Fe-Co samples have “hard magnetic” properties: coercetivity 1100 Oe. Acknowledgements.Work was supported by the FASO (agr. No.007-GB/ChZ363/26).

Authors : Arezo Behroudj, Steffen Strehle
Affiliations : Ulm University, Institute of Electron Devices and Circuits, Albert-Einstein-Allee 45, 89081 Ulm, Germany

Resume : Bottom-up grown silicon nanowires are targeted to be applied as nanoscale transducers or building blocks for advanced sensors and devices exploiting their electrical, mechanical and optical properties. Hence, controlled and well-ordered synthesis of silicon nanowires as well as the elucidation of the relevant growth mechanisms is highly relevant and in the focus of research already since the last two decades. So far, well-controlled epitaxial bottom-up synthesis of silicon nanowires by the vapor-liquid-solid synthesis using nanoscale metal catalysts was only realizable on pristine silicon crystal surfaces requiring native oxide removal, e.g. by hydrofluoric acid treatment. In our approach, we achieve well-controlled epitaxial growth of silicon nanowires directly on native oxide covered silicon substrates by using an Al/Au alloy catalyst rather than a pure metal. The catalyst consists initially of an Al/Au film stack (e.g. 5 nm/10 nm) deposited by thermal evaporation onto the silicon-based substrates. The basic idea is here that aluminum will disintegrate first the native silicon oxide by forming Al-O compounds while simultaneously forming an AlAu2 liquid alloy droplet that precipitates the Si nanowire in epitaxial relation with the silicon substrate. The Al/Au-catalyzed silicon nanowires were successfully grown in an epitaxial manner by using SiH4 as precursor gas within a temperature range of 550 °C and 600 °C, which is above the eutectic temperature of the AlAu2 alloy of about 487°C. The crystallinity of the silicon nanowires as well as the catalyst composition were examined by scanning electron and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The nanowires are single-crystalline and grow in <111> direction similarly to Au- and Al-catalyzed silicon nanowires as reported elsewhere. The Al/Au ratio of catalyst, present at the nanowire tip, fits to the AlAu2 phase. By utilizing this growth strategy, well-ordered silicon nanowire arrangements were created on silicon <111> and <100> substrates. Notably these nanowires show also a high degree of perpendicular branching and self-welding. This might enable new strategies for the assembly of unique nanostructured materials and 3D nanowire electronic systems.

Authors : A.D. Dashtestani, A. Moeinian, J. Biskupek, and S. Strehle
Affiliations : Ulm University, Insitute of Electron Devices and Circuits, Ulm, Germany

Resume : The bottom-up synthesis of crystalline silicon nanowires (SiNWs) by using a variety of metal catalysts (Au, Ag and Pt) was extensively studied during the past decades. Here, SiNWs were frequently discussed as nanoscale building blocks for various applications, ranging from electronics to sensing and even to photonics. However, silicon contamination by the metal catalyst is an omnipresent issue because already minute concentrations of metal atoms in silicon can degrade the electronic and optical properties by the generation of deep trap states. Hence, alternative synthesis methods are required but must be established. Here, we present a metal catalyst-free approach to reproducibly grow SiNWs in an in-house built gas phase reactor system at about 680°C using SiH4 and H2 as precursors. The process is expected to be triggered by reactive-oxide as per the so-called oxide-assisted growth mechanism, which was proposed elsewhere. Based on our experiments we will discuss that SiOₓ clusters or nanoparticles act as effective trigger points for a crystalline SiNW growth. Silicon nanoparticles are consistently embedded in the nanowire tip and already present during the SiNW nucleation. We show that plain KOH treatment of silicon can be utilized to generate reliably these trigger points in dependence on the KOH concentration and Si substrate crystal orientation. Consequently, local KOH substrate pre-treatment allowed to confine the nanowire growth to these areas only.

Authors : Beata Kalska-Szostko1*, Urszula Klekotka1, Dariusz Satuła2
Affiliations : 1University of Białystok, Institute of Chemistry, Ciołkowskiego 1K 1, 15-245, Białystok, Poland 2University of Białystok, Faculty of Physics, Ciołkowskiego 1L, 15-245 Białystok, Poland

Resume : Among many different types of nanostructures, magnetic nanoparticles are probably the most widely used one. For many applications, thermal stability of magnetic nanoparticles, is very important subject. This is especially crucial when they are considered to be applied in magnetic hyperthermia treatment, for example. It was observed that thermal evolution is influenced by the fabrication process. Therefore, series of core-shell ferrite nanoparticles obtained by thermal decomposition of iron (III) acetylacetonate were doped with a various amount of Co2+, Mn2+, or Ni2+ ions. This way prepared nanoparticles were thermally treated at 450 or 500 °C for 24h, to see doping effect on the oxidation process of magnetite/maghemite crystalline structure. Nanoparticles before and after thermal treatment were measured by transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, X-ray diffraction, and Mössbauer spectroscopy to get reference and evolution stage. Conducted studies show that doping of different 3d element prevents the oxidation process of ferrite nanoparticles what, therefore, gives new possibilities of their application. The range of restriction depends on the element and its amount. The work was partially financed by EU funds via project with contract numbers POPW.01.03.00-20-034/09-00, POPW.01.03.00-20-004/11-00 and by NCN found, project number 2014/13/N/ST5/00568.

Authors : Janusz Sadowski, Anna Kaleta, Boguslawa Kurowska, Maciej Sawicki, Slawomir Kret
Affiliations : Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Aleja Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : The unrecognized segregation of metallic ferromagnetic nanocrystals in dilute ferromagnetic semiconductors (DFS) is an important issue which, if not recognized, can lead to misleading conclusions. (Ga,Mn)As – a canonical DFS material is an excellent model system to study the intentionally induced phase segregation of magnetic, Mn-rich nanocrystals inside the GaAs semiconductor matrix. Even moderate thermal annealing (300 – 400 C) causes decomposition of (Ga,Mn)As solid solution into ensemble of MnAs nano-inclusions randomly dispersed in the GaAs lattice. Dimensions of such MnAs nanocrystals (NCs) depend on the annealing procedure details and are in the range of 5 – 50 nm. NCs can occur either in hexagonal phase, typical for MnAs bulk (larger nanocrystals), or in the cubic phase imposed by the surrounding zinc-blende matrix (smaller nanocrystals). We focus on annealing induced phase segregation in wurtzite (Ga,Mn)As crystallized by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) as thin shells of wurtzite (In,Ga)As nanowires. Here both MnAs and wurtzite GaAs share hexagonal structure hence only hexagonal MnAs nanocrystals occur. Moreover nanowire geometry allows for controlling the distribution of nanocrystals both in radial and axial direction. In parallel to the samples annealed directly after the MBE growth we have also performed in-situ annealing experiments in the transmission electron microscope, enabling recognition of the beginnings of the MnAs phase segregation process. This work has been supported by the National Science Centre (Poland) through the projects No: 2014/13/B/ST3/04489, 2016/21/B/ST5/03411 and 2017/25/N/ST5/02942.

Authors : Sergio Lentijo Mozo (1), Davide Deiana (2), Alberto Casu (1), Andrea Falqui (1)
Affiliations : (1) King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division, NABLA Lab, 23955-6900 Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; (2) Centre Interdisciplinaire de Microscopie Electronique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne CH-1015, Switzerland.

Resume : Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are a well-known and attractive class of materials, with applications in different fields, going from catalysis to biomedical applications. Core/shell NPs represent a popular choice among the different compositions and morphologies under constant development and improvement, since they combine the properties of the core (inner material) and those of the external shell (outer material). Here, we show the preparation of different colloidal bi-magnetic core-shell systems, followed by a cation exchange (CE) procedure to focus on the role of the host NPs crystal structure. To achieve this goal, we performed in-depth morphological, structural, spatially resolved chemical and magnetic behavior analyses of the initial and cation-exchanged NPs. We compared spherical magnetite and wüstite NPs with the same diameter. Then, we performed the doping with Co or Mn by a post-synthetic CE protocol to obtain a mixed Fe/Mn or Fe/Co shell, without affecting the shape and size of the original NPs. Then, the crystal structure of the two phases (non-defective for magnetite, defective for wüstite) was the only variable among the NPs populations that affected the CE, leading to higher percentage of the doping cation (Co or Mn) for wüstite. In turn, this gave rise to dramatic effects in terms of magnetic behavior of the final NPs.

Authors : Alina Matei [1], Vasilica Ţucureanu [1,2], Marian Cãtalin Popescu [1], Cosmin Romanițan [1,3], Cãtalin Valentin Mãrculescu [1], Bianca Cãtãlina Ţîncu [1,4], Andrei Avram [1], Tiberiu Alecu Burinaru [1,5], Marioara Avram [1]
Affiliations : [1] National Institute for Research and Development in Microtehnologies IMT-Bucharest, 126A, ErouIancuNicolae Street, 077190 Bucharest, Romania [2] Transilvania University of Brasov, Department of Materials Science, 29 Eroilor Blvd, 500036 Brasov, Romania [3] Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, 405 Atomistilor Street, 077125 Magurele, Romania [4] University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, 1-7 Polizu, 011061 Bucharest, Romania [5] University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Anatomic Pathology Department, 105 Splaiul Independentei, 050097 Bucharest, Romania

Resume : Nanocomposites are considered the most propulsion materials with extraordinary potential for functional applications in top-level domains from the biomedical, optoelectronic to the aerospace industry. This paper present the main steps for ex-situ synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials based on a PMMA matrix and an inorganic oxide (Y2O3) at different concentrations in the matrix and in the presence of solvent associated with the matrix. The influence of the content of Y2O3 particles on the morphological properties and structural of synthesized nanocomposite materials was study by field emission scanning electron microscopy FE-SEM, FTIR spectrometry and X-ray diffraction. The SEM images of the Y2O3 nanoparticles tend to form aggregates, but by proposed method for embedding in the PMMA matrix it has been found a good dispersion, with the formation of small agglomerates depending on the Y2O3 particle content. The FTIR spectra for all samples confirm bands below 600 cm-1 characteristic metal-oxygen (Y-O), but also the absorption bands characteristic of the polymer matrix. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) show the phase types, diffraction patterns and the average crystallites dimension ranging between 20-90 nm. Compared to nanoparticles, the XRD of nanocomposites does not reveal any structural change. Following the obtained results were created premises for applications of the nanocomposite materials in the aerospace and other related fields.

Authors : Ozlem Yavas, Mikael Svedendahl, Srdjan Acimovic, Paulina Dobosz, Johann Berthelot, Jose Garcia Guirado, Vanesa Sanz Beltrán, Romain Quidant,
Affiliations : ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain; ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, 08870 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain ICREA-Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Resume : Optical nanoresonators, both dielectric and metallic, offer great opportunities for highly sensitive, compact and low-cost diagnostic devices. Although a diversity of nano-optical sensors with outstanding sensitivities has been introduced in the last two decades, analytical devices that are clinically relevant are yet to be developed. In this context, we present our latest advances in the optical, label-free detection of different biomarkers based on gold and silicon nanoantennas integrated into a state-of-the-art microfluidic setting. First, we demonstrate the capability of gold nanoantennas to detect clinically relevant concentrations of protein cancer markers in human serum with low unspecific binding and high reproducibility [1]. Furthermore, we present a novel multiplexed platform which enables the simultaneous quantification of four breast cancer markers in human serum [2]. Next, we discuss how the unique optical properties of all-dielectric nano-resonators can contribute to molecular biosensing. We present biosensing results employing silicon nanostructures and compare them with their metallic counterparts [3]. Finally, we demonstrate mode engineering in silicon nanoresonators featuring Fano resonances enabling improved biosensing performances. REFERENCES: 1. S. S. Acimovic et al, LSPR Chip for Parallel, Rapid, and Sensitive Detection of Cancer Markers in Serum, Nano Letters. 14, 2636?2641 (2014) 2. O. Yavas et al, Self-calibrating on-a-chip LSPR sensing for quantitative and multiplexed detection of cancer markers in human serum, submitted (2018) 3. O. Yavas et al, On-a-chip Biosensing Based on All-Dielectric Nanoresonators, Nano Letters. 17 (7), 4421-4426 (2017)

Authors : Young A Lee1,2,3, Seok Chung2,3, Myoung-Woon Moon1
Affiliations : 1Materials and Life Science Research Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea ; 2Biomicro System Technology (Biomicrosystem Technology), Korea University, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea; 3Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea

Resume : A self-oil cleaning surface in-air and underwater was presented on hygroscopic fabrics having the high aspect-ratio (AR) nano-hairy patterns. The nanopatterns with a wide range of ARs, defined as the ratio of the height over the width, were formed on the cellulose fabric by selective plasma etching with the different gas flow rate and treatment duration. Pristine fabrics show low adhesion for low viscous crude oil, but very high for high viscous Bunker C oil in water. However, the nanostructured cellulose fabrics with high AR of more than 1.4 showed the significant decrease of adhesion for bunker C oil due to low solid fraction, showing easy oil cleaning underwater and at the air-water interface due to faster hydroscopic nature. Performed by a cross-sectional analysis under cryo condition, it was found that unlike the oil residues strongly adhered on the pristine, an oil residue on nanostructured cellulose fibers were found to have high wetting angle and low adhesional contact on water film coated nanostructures. Self-oil cleaning test was also performed in-air, revealing that the continuous flow of water droplets lift oil up and easily cleaned the oil-contaminated surface with nano-hary. As worked in-air and underwater, the hygroscopic sieve with the self-oil cleaning surface showed the high efficiency and robust in oil recovery capacity from oil-water mixture over time.

Authors : B. Hadžić, M. Gilić, M. Ćurčić, I. Kuryliszyn-Kudelska, W. Dobrowolski, M. Romčević, N. Romčević
Affiliations : Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11 080 Belgrade, Serbia; Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11 080 Belgrade, Serbia; Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11 080 Belgrade, Serbia; Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science, al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warszawa, Poland; Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science, al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warszawa, Poland; Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11 080 Belgrade, Serbia; Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11 080 Belgrade, Serbia;

Resume : The aim of this work is to study the phase changes of MnO nanoparticles under laser induced heating. Polycrystalline MnO sample powder was of >99.9% purity, purchased from Sigma-Aldrich Co. and for more convenient use was pressed into a pellet. This sample has been investigated by XRD and AFM measurements before and after laser irradiation. In situ investigation of laser induced heating influence on sample characteristics were performed by micro-Raman spectroscopy. Semiconductor laser operating on 532 nm laser line was used as excitation source. The spectra were taken using eight different laser powers whose intensity in front of the microscope was from 3 mW to 24 mW with 3mW step. Here we report the experimental spectra of non-resonant Raman scattering in the range between 100 cm–1 and 1600 cm–1. Intensity of registered peaks increase with increase of laser power and change in phase compositions is continuous. Crucial laser power in phase transformation is 15 mW in which major part of MnO bonds are destroyed and followed by strong recombination and formation of new phases. That is confirmed with persistence of Mn2+ phase in sample after the treatment. Beside this phase in sample has been formed phases of MnO2, Mn3O4, MnOOH and even Mn5O8 phase. Temperature on sample surface due to laser induced heating didn’t exceed 1000 K. These phase changes has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction and AFM measurements.

Authors : Hiroki OHSHIRO [1] and Yoshikazu SUZUKI [1],[2]
Affiliations : [1] Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573, Japan [2] Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573, Japan

Resume : TiO2 has three naturally occurring polymorphs, i.e., rutile, anatase and brookite. The synthesis of pure brookite is generally much more difficult than that of pure anatase or rutile. Our group investigated conditions of Mg2TiO4 preparation and hydrothermal conversion to brookite. Kozawa et al. reported hydrothermal conversion of Mg2TiO4 into brookite TiO2 under mild condition. Machida et al. reported facile synthesis of >99% phase-pure brookite TiO2 by hydrothermal conversion from Mg2TiO4. Size and shape of particles affect material properties. Here, we intend to control the size and shape of brookite nanopowders. Brookite TiO2 powders were synthesized by the hydrothermal conversion method using Mg2TiO4 as a precursor. MgCO3 (basic) and TiO2 powders were wet ball-milled at stoichimetric 2:1 ratio in ethanol for 2 h, and then, the mixed slurries were vacuum dried and the powders were placed in an oven at 80°C for 1 h. After that, the powders were calcination at 1270°C for 2 h in air. This precursor powders and HCl aq. solution were put into an autoclave, and hydrothermal conversion was conducted. Microstructure, particle size, and specific surface area were evaluated. Additional ball-milling effect was also studied.

Authors : Yeong Hwa Kim, Sangmin Lee, Dong Jae Kim, and Shin-Hyun Kim
Affiliations : Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 34141, South Korea

Resume : Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) provides dramatically intensified Raman signals for the molecules near metal nanostructures. However, the surface of the metal nanostructure is prone to contamination by adhesive proteins for most biological samples, which restricts the use of SERS. The aim of this study is to design SERS-active microgels with molecular selectivity and signal reproducibility by embedding highly-concentrated gold nanoparticles in the matrix of hydrogel microspheres. With a capillary microfluidic device, water-in-oil-in-water double-emulsion drops were prepared, of which water core contains gold nanoparticles and hydrogel precursors. To concentrate gold nanoparticles, water was pumped out through the oil shell by imposing positive osmotic pressure. The concentration of nanoparticles increases in a factor of 10-50 in the absence of aggregation. Finally, microgels containing highly-concentrated gold nanoparticles were suspended in water after polymerizing hydrogel precursors and rupturing the oil shell. As the homogeneous hydrogel matrix allows diffusion of molecules smaller than mesh size, gold nanoparticles were free from protein contamination. At the same time, microgels also provided high reproducibility of Raman intensity as nanogap-forming gold nanoparticles were evenly embedded in the whole volume of microgels. Therefore, the microgels are useful for direct detection of small molecules dissolved in complex biological fluids such as blood and urine.

Authors : Frank Güell, Paulina R. Martínez-Alanis, Adolf Canillas, Michel Vergnat, Hervé Rinnert, Blas Garrido
Affiliations : Departament d?Enginyeria Electrònica i Biomèdica, Enphocamat Group, IN2UB, Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain Departament de Química Inorgànica i Orgànica, secció de Química Inorgànica, Enphocamat Group, IN2UB, Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain Departament de Física Aplicada, Enphocamat Group, IN2UB, Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, CNRS UMR 7198, 54011 Nancy, France

Resume : Vanadium dioxide undergoes a reversible metal-insulator phase change near 68°C. This is close to room temperature and around working temperature of many electronic devices. Thus, it is possible to modulate the transition by some energy transfer by external electric, magnetic or optical means. This transition is often recognized for the change of several orders of magnitude of the conductance and the optical absorption. Consequently, VO2 can be used for electric, optical or electromagnetic switches. Other applications can exploit the optical properties within this transition region to control and tune the refractive index between its insulating and metallic states. Additionally, electron beam evaporation is attractive as a large area, cost-effective and low temperature method of deposition. Phase transitions undergone by VO2 thin films deposited by electron beam on a (100) boron-doped Si substrates when heated from room temperature (RT) up to 500ºC in air are investigated by Photoluminescence (PL), Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results show that the films undergo several intermediate phase transitions between the initial VO2 monoclinic phase at RT and the final V2O5 phase at 500ºC. Peak frequencies, full-width half-maxima, binding energies and oxidation states from the PL, Raman and XPS experiments are reported and analyzed for all the phases encountered in the VO2 thin films.

Authors : S.Ravandi, T.Zenger, L.Bouvot A.W. Hassel, A.I. Mardare
Affiliations : -Johannes Kepler University(Institute of Chemical Technology Inorganic Materials) -Competence Center for Electrochemical Surface Technology GmbH (CEST) -EVG EV Group E.Thallner GmbH

Resume : Electromigration is one of the main reason for failure of conducting paths (i.e., interconnects) in microelectronics. A high electron flux passing through interconnects lead to displacement of the conducting material at atomic scale. Voids and hillocks form at the cathodic and anodic sides, respectively. Temperature plays a crucial role in the mass transport leading to device failure. A new hot topic on developing 2.5D integrated circuits using through-silicon vias has been investigated by different groups. The current study focuses on a systematic investigation of base vias materials such as Al and Cu. Statistic measurements obtained on predefined 2D wires are used as background for development of new materials. The crystallographic particularities of the conducting paths are analyzed and the initial phase of the electromigration mechanism is described as depending on the grain boundary stress induced evolution. The blocking effect of anodic oxide growth has been studied on void formation and pinning on the conductor surface. A combinatorial approach is used for fabrication of Al-Cu thin film alloys by sputtering co-deposition. A wide compositional range is screened and electromigration resistance is assessed along the compositional gradient. The effect of surface oxide on the conductor performance at high current densities is compositionally studied. Additionally, the effect of temperature is studied on the mass transport and the best Al-Cu vias alloys are identified.

Authors : G. L. Whitworth(1), J. Jaramillo-Fernandez(1), N. Kehagias(1), D. Gracia(1), C. López(2), C. M. Sotomayor-Torres(1)(3)
Affiliations : (1) Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain; (2) Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco 28049,Madrid, Spain ; (3) ICREA, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Resume : Passive cooling technologies are of great interest in the current climate to address the problem of the growing global energy consumption, 15% of which is accounted for by modern cooling systems [1]. Radiative cooling based upon optimising thermal emissivity of a surface in the atmospheric transparent region of the electromagnetic spectrum is one such technology which has great potential. One method for increasing the emissivity of a device is to out-couple surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs), which exist in polar dielectric materials such as SiO2, via means of diffraction from a surface periodic structure. Diffracted SPhPs can out-couple into free space as infrared radiation; a mechanism which evacuates thermal energy [2]. Self-assembled opals present an easy method to create large area and scalable 2D nano/micro-structured surfaces. Here we present a theoretical study using an in-house developed rigorous-coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) code in order to predict the optimal opal structure which will maximise the emissivity in the atmospheric transparency window for the greatest range of angles. We investigate the effect of creating both opal and inverse-opal structures as well as ways to maximise the material properties in order to predict broadband thermal emitters with high cooling power. [1] Y. Joshi, & P. Kumar, Energy efficient thermal management of data centers. (Springer Science & Business Media, 2012). [2] A. R. Gentle & G. B. Smith, Radiative heat pumping from the Earth using surface phonon resonant nanoparticles. Nano Lett. 10, 373–379 (2010).

Authors : Gyurim Park,1 Hyungchae Kim,2 Kyung Ryoul Park,2 Changsoon Kim,2 and Youngmin You1*
Affiliations : 1.Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03760, Republic of Korea; 2.Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, and Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea

Resume : Circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) refers to differential emission of left- and right-handed circularly polarized lights. CPL finds increasing photonic utility, including imaging applications such as 3D optical displays, enantioselective sensing, and quantum informatics. Despite the promising utility in 3D electroluminescence, reports on molecules showing circularly polarized phosphorescence (CPP) remain sparse in the literature, and the majority of reported compounds suffered from low values of dissymmetric factors (|glum|) and photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) for CPP emission. We have demonstrated the sergeants-and-soldiers strategy for amplification of both |glum| and PLQY values. A pairs of enantiomers of homochiral Pt(II) complexes having the Masamune Box ligands (denoted as (R)- and (S)-PtBox) served as the sergeants, and an achiral Pt(II) complex having 4,4?-bis(nonyl)-2,2?-bipyridine (denoted as PtN) was employed as a soldier. Spontaneous formation of co-assemblies of the sergeant and soldier was observed, upon drop casting of a solution containing PtBox and PtN (2:5, w/w). The co-assemblies exhibited Cotton effects at the metal?metal-to-ligand charge-transfer absorption band of PtN (|gabs| = 0.02), suggesting exciton coupling to be responsible for the chiroptical effect. Finally, strong CPP was observed from the co-assemblies with amplification in both PLQY (0.006 (PtN assembly) ? 0.01 (PtBox:PtN co-assemblies)) and |glum| (< 10?3 (PtBox) ? 0.05 (PtBox:PtN co-assemblies)). Spectroscopic studies suggested that such enhancements were ascribed to chiral amplification and intra-assembly energy transfer of PtBox.

Authors : Shuang Yang, Qiubo Fu, Xiujuan Sun

Resume : Exploding foil Initiators (EFIs) or chip slapper detonators offer superior timing and safety performance compared to other means of initiating detonation in high explosives. EFIs consist of a thin conductive foil that is heated and vaporized by a high-voltage, high-amperage electric current. This vaporizing metal accelerates a thin plastic flyer to several km/s across a small (~100 um) gap. This flyer then strikes, and shock initiates an explosive. The exploding foil is the key unit in the energy conversion process, and the common material used is copper. However, the conversion rate is low. Due to the complete solubility across the phase diagram without any intermetallic phases or amorphous formation region of Cu/Ni multilayers, this work outlines a way to improve the energy conversion rate by tuning the electrical exploding properties of multilayered Cu/Ni composites with controlled bilayer thickness. The burst current-voltage curves of the Cu/Ni multilayer with a unique bilayer thickness under different loading voltages are obtained. And a model is built to analyze the electric explosion process. Finally, the velocity of the flyer driven respectively by Cu/Ni multilayer, Cu foil and Ni foil is measured with DISAR.

Authors : Yukyung Moon, Sonam Kim, Sinheui Kim, Seung Yeon Yi, and Youngmin You*
Affiliations : Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03760, Republic of Korea.

Resume : Phosphorescent Pt(II) complexes constitute an important class of dopants for organic light-emitting devices. We investigated influences of electronic control on the tetradentate ligands in a series of cyclometalated Pt(II) complexes. Our synthetic control involved stabilization of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of Pt(II) complexes through employing a methylene linkage in a tetradentate ligand. In addition, electron-donating methyl substituents were introduced in the ligand for destabilization of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO). Three Pt(II) complexes having di(3-(pyrazol-1-yl)phenyl)methide (PtSN1), di(3-(3-methylpyrazol-1-yl)phenyl)methide (PtSN2), and di(3-(4-methylpyrazol-1-yl)phenyl)methide (PtSN3) tetradentate ligands were synthesized and characterized. PtSN1 displayed blue phosphorescence emission with an emission peak wavelength of 440 nm and a quantum yield of 0.32. Unexpectedly, PtSN2 and PtSN3 having methyl substituents in their tetradentate ligands showed dual emission (PtSN2, peak wavelengths = 382 nm and 437 nm, quantum yield = 0.06; PtSN3, peak wavelengths = 384 nm and 442 nm, quantum yield = 0.09). Photoluminescence lifetimes of the dual emission were in the nanosecond and submicrosecond ranges, indicating emergence of fluorescence and phosphorescence from a single molecule. The results present that the structural control has profound influence on the phosphorescence behaviors.

Authors : Mohamed Jouini,(a) Annette Delices,(a) Marie-Pierre Santoni,(a) Chang-Zhi Dong,(a) Sebastien Bellynck,(a) Samir Farhat,(b) Thierry Pauporté,(c)
Affiliations : (a) Université Paris Diderot, SPC, ITODYS UMR 7086 CNRS, 75205 ? Paris Cedex 13, France; (b) LSPM - PEMA, Université Paris 13; (c) IRCP - MPOE, Chimie ParisTech

Resume : The surface of a nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO, instead of TiO2) layer deposited on FTO supporting material and sensitized by a novel metal-free organic dye is used as photoanode to deposit for the first time by in situ electro-assisted photopolymerization (PEP) a conducting polymer (CP) which constitutes a solid state hole transporting material (HTM). The as obtained photoanode constitutes a solid state dye sensitized solar cell (ssDSSC) after the deposition on the HTM of a gold thin layer as counter electrode. The obtained ssDSSCs show relatively high efficiencies (? = 0.66 %) with respect to ZnO based sDSSCs produced until now (0.13% reported by Lee et al. [1] and using casted Poly 3-hexylthiophene as HTM) and knowing that the maximum efficiency is 1.7% obtained for ssDSSCSs based on CuSCN used as HTM. [2] Moreover, our ZnO based ssDSSCs show long term stability (more than 2 years) when used under diffuse light conditions. The improvement of these preliminary results will be also presented and discussed. 1- Lee, T.-H.; Sue, H.-J.; Cheng, X. Nanoscale Res. Lett. 2011, 6 (1), 517. 2- Desai, U. V.; Xu, C.; Wu, J.; Gao, D. Nanotechnology 2012, 23 (20), 205401.

Authors : Jimin Lee, Jaeyeon Kim, Yoogeun Han and Hyunchul Sohn.
Affiliations : Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University,

Resume : Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) is considered as a promising candidate for next generation non-volatile memory. However, selector devices are required to suppress the sneak current in the cross-point array. Oxides with metal?insulator transition (MIT), such as NbO2 is widely investigated for selector devices but the mechanism is not fully understood. Also Nb2O5 was reported to show ReRAM switching property. It was reported that 1S1R(Selector+Memory) device can be fabricated by using Niobium oxide bi-layer (NbO2/Nb2O5) structure. In our study, we deposited a single 30 NbOx films by reactive DC magnetron sputtering in order to fabricate the Pt/ NbOx/TiN (MIM) device. For detailed information, we measured chemical composition of the NbOx film by the XPS with depth profiling. For the electric characterization of devices, the compliance current during the forming process was set to 1 mA to prevent film from hard-breakdown. During the subsequent switching process, the compliance current was changed from 1 mA to 10 mA. In the low current region (~1 mA), devices showed threshold switching characteristics. However, when compliance current was set as 10 mA, the switching behavior was changed into the bipolar resistive switching. In the certain compliance current range, the devices exhibit 1S1R switching characteristic. We conclude that operation characteristics of MIT affects by current and 1S1R devices could be fabricated with a single Niobium oxide layer.

Authors : Elif PEKSU, Hakan KARAA?AÇ
Affiliations : Istanbul Technical University, Department of Physics, Maslak, 34469, Istanbul, Turkey

Resume : One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures (nanowires (NWs), nanorods (NRs), and nanotubes (NTs)) provide countless advantages in various opto-electronic device applications owing to their unique properties such as light trapping function, low reflection, large junction area and effective charge collection. Recent studies has shown that Si NWs can be employed for a wide range of electronic and opto-electronic device applications. Results have revealed that Si NWs with several tens of micrometers length not only show the excellent light trapping properties but also an efficient charge transport in their device applications. It is a well-known fact that the synthesis of Si nanostructures in a controlled fashion is a prerequisite for many device applications. Several top-down and bottom-up methods have been developed so far for the synthesis of Si NWs. Among them, electroless etching (EE) ( a solution-based route) has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years due to many advantages it offers. This technique, for instance, allow us to fabricate large area single crystalline well-oriented Si NWs in a simple and cost-effective manner. It is known that by adjusting some growth parameters such as growth time, growth temperature and precursor concentration it is possible to produce Si NWs with different morphology and aspect ratios. In this study, therefore, the effect of growth parameters on the quality of the synthesized Si nanowires (NWs) was investigated in detail. It was clearly observed that the lengths of the Si nanowires increase with the increasing of etching time. The lengths of the Si NWs etched at 50oC for 10 min and 30 min were found to be ~1.62 ?m and ~3.48?m, respectively. The growth temperature of the etching solution is another parameter that has a direct influence on nanowire length and density, since it changes the kinetics of the reduction oxidation reactions. It was found that the length of the Si NWs is linearly proportional to the solution temperature. In addition to these, it was also revealed that with increasing AgNO3 concentration there is a systemeatic increase in the length of grown nanowires as wel as a significant modification in the morphology of Si nanowires. The only drawback of this technique is that the fabricated NWs are randomly distributed over the Si-wafer. To eliminate this and make the fabrication of the well-ordered Si-NWs possible a pattarned metalic layer (in a desired geometry) is required to initiate a selective etching. We have applied the polysytrene nanosphere lithography for the transfer of a metalic pattern on Si-wafer via deposition of Ag by thermal evaporation technique to achive the aforamentioned goal. Therefore, in this study, the optimization parameter for transfering of well-ordered monolayer nanospheres on Si-wafer for the construction of well-ordered Si NWs was also discussed in detail.

Authors : P. Calta, P. ?utta, R. Medlín, M. Netrvalová
Affiliations : University of West Bohemia, New Technologies - Research Centre, Univerzitní 8, 306 14 Plze?, Czech Republic

Resume : In recent years, silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) embedded in dielectric matrix have attracted much attention for the applications in fields such as data storages or optoelectronics (Si-based light emitters and next generation all-Si based solar cells). In this work we performed a detailed comparative study of the structural, optical and photoluminescent properties of Si-QDs formed in annealed Si/SiNx and Si/SiO2 multilayers. Samples consisting of up to 121 alternating sublayers of silicon and silicon nitride or silicon oxide as dielectric barrier sublayers have been grown by means of PECVD with a substrate temperature of 250°C using silane, nitrogen and nitrous oxide as precursor gases and post-annealed between 600-1100°C. TEM, XRD, Raman, FT-IR, UV-Vis and PL techniques were used to characterize the prepared superlattices. The dependences of the photoluminescence, structural and chemical bonding characteristics of Si-QDs on the dielectric barrier material and thickness were investigated. The cross-section TEM, XRD and Raman measurements confirms the formation of Si-QD in the range 3-20 nm. Raman spectra show the presence of peak at the position around 517cm-1 corresponding to Si-QDs. FT-IR measurements indicate the disappearance of hydrogen bonds at the temperature of 600°C. It was found that the size of the formed Si-QDs was dependent on the annealing temperature as well as the sublayer thickness. Columnar growth and evolution of wavy interface morphology was discussed.

Authors : Sebastian M. J. Beer, Stefan Cwik, Anjana Devi
Affiliations : Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany

Resume : Rare-earth sulfides (RES) are gaining significant attention in the research community as they are highly interesting for a broad field of applications such as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics or spintronics owing to their interesting functional properties. Reports on research related to RES in thin film form have been limited and especially their growth via vapor phase deposition such as metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) has hardly been explored although this technique has a huge potential for large scale applications. The lack of suitable RE precursors has been the main cause for the slow progress made in this field. Our focus was to develop an MOCVD process for Nd2S3 which is a highly interesting material system possessing a band gap between 1.9 eV and 2.5 eV for ? and ?-Nd2S3 phases, respectively. For photovoltaics, ?-Nd2S3 is considered as an alternative and promising photoabsorber material for novel lead/cadmium free solar cells. For the first time we were able to establish a novel MOCVD process for neodymium sesquisulfide (Nd2S3) thin films in the range of 400 °C to 600 °C. The film characteristics were investigated via X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry/nuclear reaction analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, UV/Vis and photoluminescence measurements were performed and the results demonstrated the potential of Nd2S3 in optoelectronics.

Authors : Sitkiewicz A.*, Majewski P.W.
Affiliations : Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteur 1 Street, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Self-assembled soft materials such as block copolymers (BCPs) thanks to their extraordinary ability to assemble into ordered periodic structures are excellent templates for synthesis of ordered nanomaterials. In our research, we combine an ultra-fast method of BCPs directed self-assembly called Laser Zone Annealing (LZA) with layer-by-layer processing to obtain diverse morphologies, where nanoscale order can be tuned by a choice of block copolymers and by processing conditions. The resulting novel BCPs architectures can be used as templates for the conversion to multi-layered organic nanostructures with precise spatial control over their chemical composition; optimized for the targeted function. It is possible to create multi-functional layers where one of them composed of metallic NWs is a current conductor responsible for heating or voltage-biasing and another could be an active semiconducting sensor. In particular, we are investigating a synthetic strategy towards the BCPs-derived chemical sensors and multi-functional catalytic arrays. The synthetized NW arrays were investigated by several techniques, including Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Authors : Pawel W. Majewski, Ewa Gorecka
Affiliations : University of Warsaw, Department of Chemistry, Zwirki i Wigury 101, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Two important classes of soft materials - liquid crystals (LCs) and block copolymers (BCPs) share a fascinating ability to self-assemble into complex supramolecular structures. However, the size of characteristic motifs or domains formed in these two systems is quite different. While BCPs in general are forming larger domains composed of multiple polymeric chains the assemblies in LCs form on molecular level and thus are much more prone to rearrange in response to external stimuli. Our approach relies on hierarchical combination of the two materials. Larger scale (20-100 nm) BCP periodic nanostructures serve as a structural scaffold and for the orientation and growth of small-molecule LC domains. Due to the structural rigidity of the BCP films below their glass transition temperature, they can be used as robust mechanical support for much softer LC phases and guide their alignment. Conversely, the fluidity of the LC phase resulting from the mobility of the mesogenic molecules grants the hybrid material with an ability to quickly respond to the external biases. We demonstrate how, after the annealing and orientation in a process called Laser Zone Annealing (Nature Commun., 2015, 6), the surface of the BCP film can be chemically modified to promote the interactions with the nanotubules derived from B4 phase LCs (Chem. Commun. 2013, 49 (30), 3119?3121) either by graphoepitaxial or chemoepitaxial mechanism. In the latter case, nanowires obtained after the conversion of the block copolymer are acting as a scaffold to nucleate the growth of the nanotubes. In the former case, the NWs can be additionally grafted with adhesion-facilitating molecular layer which provides the proper boundary condition for the growth of the nanotubes.

Authors : Ilia Doludenko 1,2, Olga Zhigalina 2, Dmitry Hmelenin 2, Alexander Shatalov 1, Dmitry Cherkasov 1, Vladimir Artemov 2, Sergey Bedin 2, Genagiy Bondarenko 1, Dmitry Zagorskiy 2
Affiliations : 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; 2 Center of Crystallography and Photonics of RAS, Moscow, Russia

Resume : Among nanomaterials are layered nanowires (NWs), (consisted of alternating layers of magnetic and nonmagnetic metals) are of great interest ?due to some effect- for example the "giant magnetic resistance" (GMR). New technique of obtaining of layered NWs was proposed. Generally the method of obtaining heterostructural nanowires is based on template synthesis techniques, using the difference between the equilibrium potentials of Ni and Cu electrodeposition. In this research porous template - nuclear track membrane was used; the dependence of the deposited substance on the potential was investigated and optimal regimes for layer-by-layer deposition was proposed. So, the Cu/Ni nanowires with different geometry and composition parameters were obtained. NWs were examined by TEM: Map of elements demonstrated the existence of layers of Cu (almost pure) and alloy Ni-based alloy (83%Ni and 17%Cu). New approach - the passed-charge measurements- was proposed for control the thickness of layers. The X-ray method was used: it was found that crystallinity of both types of layer depend on pores diameter and deposition voltage. The correlation between cell-parameter, elemental composition and deposition voltage was investigated. The TEM-technique was used for testing the interfaces between Cu and Ni layers. Acknowledgements. Synthesis of NWs and SEM (in part)- the state task FNIC "Crystallography and Photonics" of RAS - supported by the FASO (agr. No.007-GB/ChZ363/26), RFBR grant No.18-32-01066.

Authors : Dmitry Cherkasov 1, Ilia Doludenko 1,2, Sergey Khecumyan 2, Vladimir Artemov 2, Genagiy Bondarenko 1, Dmitry Zagorskiy 2
Affiliations : 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; 2 Center of Crystallography and Photonics of RAS, Moscow, Russia

Resume : New type of magnetic nanomaterial ? ?layered? and ?alloys? nanowires (NWs) seems promising due to variable magnetic properties and wide orange f potential applications: sensors, nanomagnets, units for magnetic field measurements (based on GMR-effect). The method of obtaining homogeneous and heterostructural NWs is galvanic deposition. In this work layered Cu/Ni nanowires and alloyed Fe-Ni were grown. The deposition curves were obtained, X-rays and SEM were done. The optimal conditions for obtaining of NWs were found. The effect of the external magnetic field (MF, 0.25 T), applied during the deposition of magnetic metal (applied to growing sample by different poles)-was investigated. Layered Cu/Ni NWs- Electrodeposition of NWs with alternating metals in the "standard mode" was studied. The optimal potentials for the deposition were found: for Cu-0.8V and for Ni-1.8V. Then the external magnetic field (MF,0.25T) was applied to growing sample by different poles. It was shown that MF accelerate the galvanic process and leads to formation of the ?cavities? in Ni layers. Alloyed Fe-Ni. The external MF leads to acceleration of deposition; the applying of south pole leads to more pronounce effect. MF (north poles) leads to formation of NWs with crystallographic texture with 111 preferred direction. Acknowledgements. Synthesis of NWs and SEM (in part)- the state task FNIC "Crystallography and Photonics" of RAS - supported by the FASO (agr. No. 007-GB/ChZ363/26).

Authors : Yu.M. Makogon, S.I. Sidorenko, R.A. Shkarban
Affiliations : National Technical University of Ukraine ?Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute?, 37 Peremohy Ave., UA-03056 Kyiv, Ukraine

Resume : The work is devoted to ascertainment of the regularities for thermostimu-lated formation of the phase composition and structure of CoSb3-scutterudite-based films deposited by the vacuum condensation method, as well as the effect of the nanoscale factor on their thermoelectric properties. It is determined that the change in the substrate temperature during the deposition of nanoscale Co-Sb films in the concentration range of (65?81) at.% Sb allows to regulate the structural state. During the deposition on substrates at a room temperature, an X-ray amorphous state with an extended region for existence of the CoSb3 (75?80) at.% Sb phase after crystallization and further heating is formed. When the substrate temperature increases up to 200?C, a crystalline state forms and regulari-ties of phase composition formation in Co-Sb films are characterized by a sequence which is analogous to the phase equilibrium diagram for the bulk state of the Co-Sb system with the CoSb3 phase formation at 75 at.% Sb. It was determined that the presence of the nanoscale factor (the single-phase crystalline structure of CoSb3 scutterudite with an extended area of existence in the film with increased structural defect due to the sublimation of antimony and reduction in the grain size) causes an increase in the thermoelectric efficiency coefficient of Co-Sb films in 8 times as compared to the bulk material. This has a practical importance when these materials are used for providing the autonomous power supply for low-power electronic devices and creating film coolers in the elemental base of the nanoscale range for computer equipment and infrared sensors.

Authors : Pula P. *1 2, Sitkiewicz A. 2, Leniart A. 2, Majewski P.W. 2
Affiliations : 1 Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Pasteur 1 Street, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland 2 Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteur 5 Street, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Among self-assembled soft materials, block copolymers (BCPs) are perfect candidates to fabricate nanomaterials with tailored structure, because of their ability to form a variety of periodic morphologies. Moreover, periodic inorganic structures with various size, composition and functionality can be obtained, by selecting and tuning the composition of a BCP and, subsequently, a method of chemical conversion of the polymer template. One of the most efficient methods of ordering BCP thin films is Laser Zone Annealing (LZA), which combines two major practical advantages ? very short time of a processing and high quality of structural order in produced BCP templates. In this report, we focus on cylinder-forming BCPs which are uniaxially aligned by LZA. In our experiment, we have successfully obtained heterostructures of two aligned layers of BCP on silicon, crossed at different angles. Each layer was further converted, either to a noble metal or an oxide nanostructured replica. Afterwards, parameters of such heterostructures were investigated by several techniques, including Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. These nanostructures may serve as a very efficient miniaturized chemical sensor with several advantages compared to their conventional counterparts such as high sensitivity, fast response and low power consumption.

Authors : Alexander Shatalov 1, Ilia Doludenko 1,2, Sergey Chigarew 3, Genagiy Bondarenko 1, Dmitry Panov, Dmitry Zagorskiy 2
Affiliations : 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; 2 Center of Crystallography and Photonics of RAS, Moscow, Russia; 3 Institute of radio engineering and electronics. V. A. Kotelnikov of RAS, Fryazino, Russia;

Resume : Ensembles of ?two-parts? nanowires (NWs) arrays were obtained by electrodeposition of two metals into the pores of track matrices (TM: PET, pore diameter 50 - 500 nm and density 10**8). Two metals (of iron group -Fe, Co, Ni) were subsequently deposited from two electrolyts, using ?two-bath? method. Before and after the deposition of metals into the pores, the ?flat? contacts at the surface of the sample (polymer film) were deposited (At least one of these contact must be transparent for electromagnetic (EM) irradiation). It is known that electromagnet waves of THz frequency could be generated when high-density current passes through the contact of two metals with different magnetic properties. In our case it was the contact between two parts of each NW in ensemble. We found that THz radiation could be generated when current passing through such samples. A sinusoidal current with a fixed voltage of 1, 2 and 3 V was applied to the sample, after which the change in background of generated radiation was recorded using Goley?s cell. The best results were obtained for current passed from Fe to Ni parts in ensemble. Thus, the presented results confirm the possibility of constructing spin-injection generators on the base of the nano-structures- considered NWs, formed in polymer track matrix.

Authors : Kurelchuk U.N., Vasilyev O.S., Porisyuk P. V.
Affiliations : National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) Kashirskoe shosse, 31, Moscow, Russia, 31115409

Resume : Modelling of thermoelectric properties of noble d-metallic nanoclustered materials was carried out. Semiclassical thermoelectric transport coefficients had been obtained from DFT band structure calculation. ?onsiderable increasing of Seebeck coefficient had been received numerically, principally coinciding with experimentally observed trends of nanoclusters properties. In order to develop highly efficient thermoelectric materials relationship of structural, electronic and thermoelectric properties of d-metallic nanoclusters and nanostructures is discussed.

Authors : Aleksej Smirnov1, Rada Savkina1, Iurii Naseka1, Iraida Demchenko2
Affiliations : 1 V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductors Physics, NAS of Ukraine, Nauky av.41, Kyiv 03028, UKRAINE 2 Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science, al. Lotników 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw, POLAND

Resume : Composite structure p - (Ag2O - Hg1- xCdxTe (x ~ 0.223)) fabricated by Ag+ ion bombardment of the semiconductor target with oblique-incidence geometry (angle of incidence ? = 30°, 45°) are presented. The penetration of the Ag+ ions in the HgCdTe stimulates the formation of nanostructured surface. Analysis of the chemical compounds of Ag inclusions in Hg1-xCdxTe (x ~ 0.223) was studied using XPS spectroscopy and Raman scattering. It was found that in the range of nanoscale, arrays of holes and mounds on Hg0.777Cd0.223Te (111) surface as well as the polycrystalline Hg1?xCdxTe cubic phase with alternative compound (x~0.20) has been fabricated using 100 keV ion beam irradiation of the basic material. Charge transport investigation with non-stationary impedance spectroscopy method has shown that a nanostructured surface of HgCdTe has passive inductive properties. It is assumed that nanostructured surface with silver inclusions plays the role of nanoantennas with Non-Foster impedance matching. Composites that integrate the nanostructured ternary compound (HgCdTe) with metal-oxide (Ag2O) inclusions produced by ion implantation extend the spectral sensitivity region of the basic semiconductor of infrared technology to the MM range.

Authors : E. Bortchagovsky, R. Kenaz, R. Rapaport, F. Dai, M. Fleischer, P.-M. Adam
Affiliations : Institute of Semiconductor Physics of NAS of Ukraine, pr.Nauki 41, Kyiv 03028, Ukraine; The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem 9190401, Israel; Institute for Applied Physics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 10, D - 72076 Tübingen, Germany; LNIO, Institut Charles Delaunay, Université de Technologie de Troyes, rue Marie Curie 12, CS 42060 - 10004 Troyes CEDEX, France

Resume : Ordered arrays of plasmonic nanostructures separated by a dielectric spacer from a metallic layer supporting propagating plasmons demonstrate a rich tunable spectrum of interacting electromagnetic excitations. The material, lateral size and height of the nanoparticles, the type and pitch of the lattice as well as the spacer thickness are parameters allowing to manage the spectral positions of excitations, their overlapping and interactions in such metal-dielectric-metal (MIM) systems over a wide spectral range. This allows for engineering the desired behavior and response of such MIM structures. However, electron beam lithography is usually used for the preparation of ordered plasmonic nanostructures, which restricts the size of the lattices to few tens of microns in most cases. Therefore, the investigation of such structures demands devices with high spatial resolution of devices applied for. A Patent-Pending, home-build fast ellipsometer with spatial resolution of only few microns was used in our investigations. Spectra of ellipsometric angle "psi" clearly displays distinct features, which can be prescribed to the Bragg mode of the lattice, a dispersionless mode coupled with the plasmonic layer that manifests in a wave-like structure and areas where possibly, coupled modes split. More detailed analysis as well as investigation of the influence of different system dimensions will be discussed in this contribution.

Authors : Catarina Delfino1, Ángela Sastre2, Jorge Follana-Berná2, Luís Alcácer1, Jorge Morgado1,3, Quirina Ferreira1
Affiliations : 1 Instituto de Telecomunicações, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal 2 Área de Química Orgánica, Instituto de Bioingeniería, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Edificio Vinalopó, Avda. Universidad s/n, Elche, E-03202, Spain 3 Department of Bioengineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, P-1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

Resume : Self-assembled phthalocyanines (Pcs) monolayers have been studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) due to the organized 2D arrays that they form with potential applications in functional organic devices. The metal central region gives them important electronic, optical and optoelectronic properties and the possibility to extend the 2D monolayer into three dimensions through vertical reaction chemistry [1,2]. Synthetized metal Pcs [3,4] were assembled in graphite and followed by STM. High resolution images were obtained during the formation of the monolayer using a method previously applied in porphyrin monolayers [1,2,5,6]. The molecules were added to graphite trough an interface with tetradecane and the monolayer formation was followed in real time using molecular resolution images obtained by STM. Differential functional theory simulations were made to support the STM results. . [1] Q. Ferreira et al, J. Phys. Chem C, 2014 [2] Q. Ferreira et al, Nanot., 2011 [3] A. Sastre et al, Sust. Energy Fuels, 2017 [4] A. Sastre et al, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016 [5] Q. Ferreira et al, Applied Surface Science, 273, 220, 2013 [6] Q. Ferreira et al, J. of Microscopy, 2018 Acknowledgements We thank FCT-Portugal, under the project UID/EEA/50008/2013 for financial support

Authors : Ivan Karbovnyk (1), Dmytro Chalyy (2), Dmytro Lykashevych (2), Ihor Olenych (1), Halyna Klym (3)
Affiliations : (1) Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 107 Tarnavskogo Str., Lviv, 79017, Ukraine (2) Lviv State University of Life Safety, 35 Kleparivska Str., Lviv, 79000, Ukraine (3) Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 Bandera Str., Lviv, 79013 Ukraine

Resume : The aim of this work is fabrication of PEDOT-PSS polymer composites reinforced with single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes and their electrical investigation on the temperature range of 50-200 K. Hybrid composite films were prepared starting from 1% water suspension of poly-3,4,-ethyldioxitiophen from Sigma Aldrich (USA) stabilized with surface active anion substance (polystyrene sulfonic acid). Two types of nanofiller were used: purified (90 wt%) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with average diameter of 1 nm and lengths within the range of 5 to 30 µm and purified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (95 wt%) with average outside diameter of 65 nm, average inside diameter of 10 nm and lengths within 10-20 µm (MWCNTs). Both SWCNTs and MWNTs were supplied by US Research Nanomaterials. Electrical tests were carried out exploiting E7-20 RLC Meter capable of measuring impedances in the range of 10?5 to 109 Ohms using 1 V excitation signal from 40 mV to 1 V at frequencies ranging from 25 Hz up to 1 MHz. Temperature experiments were performed utilizing custom cryostat equipped with a DE-202A closed cycle cryocooler (Advanced Research Systems). Temperature control functions were performed by Cryocon 32 (Cryogenic Control Systems Inc.) temperature regulator. It is established that composite films with multi-walled nanotubes loading show lower resistances as compared to their single-walled counterpart.

Authors : W. M. Jadwisienczak, T. E. Wickramasinghe, Weiqiang Yuan,
Affiliations : School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA

Resume : Recent studies have shown the feasibility of developing direct current (dc) driven III-nitride deep ultra-violet (UV) photonic devices through band gap engineering of epitaxially grown hetero-structures. Alternatively, one can consider developing deep ultraviolet (UV-C) light sources operating on the principles of hot electron impact excitation processes in a boron nitride (BN) phosphor. It was shown that high quality BN nanosheets (BNNSs) generate excitonic emission at 225 nm under electron excitation and thus can be considered for developing alternating current driven thick electroluminescence (ACTEL) devices. In this work we have explored experimentally and theoretically, BN wide band gap semiconductor for achieving deep UV-C emission under energetic electron excitation. Temporal and spatial cathodoluminescence (CL) of BN materials having different morphologies (i.e. nano-sheets, nano-rods and nano-particles) synthesized by physical or chemical methods were explored for deep UV-C generation. It was found that CL of the BNNSs synthesized by pulse laser-deposition generate the strongest free exciton emission at 215 nm. Next, a theoretical approach based on the Bringuier model for generating luminescence in the UV-C region from hexagonal BNNS (h-BNNS) through impact excitation under a high electric field was explored. We have also considered the theoretical efficiency of electroluminescence (EL) in h-BNNS phosphor used for an ACTEL device by using the impact excitation rate theory developed for II-VI devices. Finally, we have simulated the deep UV-C ACTEL device?s efficiency by considering different active h-BNNS layer thickness and the applied electric field in order to optimize the luminescence yield.

Authors : E. Cianci, D. Nazzari, G. Seguini, F.E. Caligiore, M. Perego, K. Sparnacci, V. Gianotti, M. Laus
Affiliations : E. Cianci, G. Seguini, M. Perego, IMM-CNR, Agrate Brianza Unit, via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy; D. Nazzari, IMM-CNR, Agrate Brianza Unit, via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy and Department of Physics, Università Statale di Milano, Via G. Celoria 16, 20133, Milano (Mi), Italy; F.E. Caligiore, IMM-CNR, Agrate Brianza Unit, via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy and Department of Material Science, Università di Milano Bicocca, Via R. Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano, Italy; K. Sparnacci, V. Gianotti, M. Laus, Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro" Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy

Resume : Selective growth of inorganic materials in one of the domains of block?copolymer (BCP) thin films can be used for enhancing polymer etch resistance for pattern transfer to the substrate. Selective sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS) of self-assembled PS-b-PMMA thin films has been proposed to convert PMMA nanostructures in inorganic Al2O3 using trimethylaluminum (TMA) in combination with H2O as precursors. Perpendicular orientation of the nanodomains with respect to the substrate in PS-b-PMMA films requires the introduction of a grafted random copolymer (RCP) film with tailored composition to neutralize the preferential wettability of PS with respect to the PMMA on the SiO2 surface. However, the RCP film contains MMA monomeric units and consequently is infiltrated during SIS process, with the formation of an Al2O3 continuous layer at the interface between the BCP film and the substrate. A breakthrough process with a specific dry etching chemistry is required to remove this layer a nd expose the Si substrate. Therefore, detailed knowledge of the infiltration process in this RCP layer is mandatory for the effective exploitation of the infiltrated Al2O3 nanostructures as hard mask for lithographic applications. In this work, we present a detailed investigation of the infiltration of Al2O3 in P(S-r-MMA) thin films with thickness ranging from 8 to 100 nm and variable styrene content ranging from 0 to 100% by means of in situ and ex-situ analysis.

Authors : Tommaso J. Giammaria (1,2), Gabriele Seguini (1), Michele Perego (1), Christopher K. Ober (3), Katia Sparnacci (2), Diego Antonioli (2), Valentina Gianotti (2), Michele Laus (2)
Affiliations : (1) Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20846 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy (2) Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Viale T. Michel 11, Università del Piemonte Orientale A. Avogadro, INSTM, Alessandria 15121, Italy (3) Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Bard Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Resume : Block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly (SA) leading to thin films with periodic ordered nanostructures featuring different morphologies has been exploited in a number of technological applications. Among them, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) containing BCPs have attracted a great interest because of the possibility to generate high-resolution nanostructures with dimension below 10 nm. The SA of the PDMS-containing BCPs in periodic nanostructures can be achieved by different approaches, but thermal annealing would be highly desirable for easy integration in a product process flow. In this work, we report a systematic study on the SA kinetic and morphological evolution of a cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(dimethylsiloxane-random-vinylmethylsiloxane) PS-b-P(DMS-r-VMS) thin film (Mn = 22 kg/mol). BCP films were deposited on PS or PMMA brushes by spin casting from various solvents. A simple thermal treatment at high temperature was used to promote the formation of PDMS cylinders embedded in a PS matrix and parallel oriented with respect to the substrate. Grain coarsening kinetic of the system was studied considering the time evolution of correlation lenght (L). In most of the cases a power law dependence of L ~ t^G with G = 0.21 was obtained irrespective of the combination of brush layer and solvent. For some specific combinations, conversion from parallel cylinders to dots was observed highlighting the important role of residual solvent on the SA process.

Authors : E. Cianci (1), D. Nazzari (1,2), G. Seguini (1), M. Perego (1)
Affiliations : (1) IMM-CNR, Agrate Brianza Unit, via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy; (2) Department of Physics, Università Statale di Milano, Via G. Celoria 16, 20133, Milano (Mi), Italy

Resume : Challenges for sub-10 nm patterning can be addressed by the direct self-assembling of block copolymers (BCP) in combination with a volume selective sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS). Selective growth of inorganic materials in one of the BCP domains can be used for enhancing polymer etch resistance for pattern transfer to the substrate. In order to get a deeper understanding of the SIS process, we investigated the infiltration of trimethylaluminum (TMA) in combination with H2O for the synthesis of Al2O3 into polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polysterene (PS) films by means of dynamic in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry. Swelling of the polymer films is probed during SIS cycle, and observed to be affected by SIS process parameters as TMA dosing and purging. PS film swelling is almost negligible during TMA exposure reflecting the inertness of PS to TMA molecules. However upon several SIS cycle process, progressive swelling is observed and some Al2O3 growth is observed also in PS films. This is attributed to defects in the film, leading to loss of infiltration selectivity. Conversely significant swelling is observed in PMMA films during TMA exposure. Investigating the swelling of fresh PMMA films during TMA infiltration at 90°C, the diffusion coefficient of TMA in PMMA was extracted and shown to be dependent on polymer molecular weight but not on the film thickness, indicating a Fickian behavior for diffusion of TMA in PMMA films.

Affiliations : 1 Department of Science e Innovazione Tecnologica, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, V. Teresa Michel 11, 15121, Alessandria, Italy E-mail 2 Department of Chemistry, Sapienza Università di Roma, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy

Resume : Protein phosphorylation investigation currently represents an important field of method development. Direct analysis of phosphopeptides in a complex mixture is not feasible, due to the low abundance of phosphopeptides and the suppression caused by the more abundant non-phosphorylated peptides during the MS analysis. Accordingly suitable enrichment and selective systems is highly required. In this frame, IMAC (Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography) still represents the most frequently used technique to enrich phosphopeptides. Positively charged metal ions can be immobilized by different chelators, such as the traditional chelating agents nitrilotriacetic acid and iminodiacetic acid (IDA), among others. In this context, a new functional multishell magnetic material for IMAC enrichment of phosphopeptides was produced by a multistep procedure (Fig. 1) employing the ?grafting from? approach by the activator regenerated by electron transfer?atom transfer radical polymerization (ARGET-ATRP) technique, to obtain Fe3O4@silica@GMA nanoparticles. The prepared material was extensively characterized both from the structural point of view by SEM analysis and for the compositional point of view by thermogravimetry alone and coupled with a gas chromatographic separation and a mass spectrometric detection (TGA-GC-MS). Classical techniques require the detachment from the substrate of the organic part causing major structural modifications. On the contrary, by TGA-GC-MS each step of the organic decoration of the silica particles was characterized directly on the sample without any pre-treatment of detachment from the substrate. Fe3O4@silica@GMA nanoparticles were successfully tested for the enrichment of a bovine serum albumin in mixture with casein.

Authors : Valentina Gianotti a), Katia Sparnacci a), Diego Antonioli a),Tommaso Jacopo Gianmaria a), Gabriele Seguini b), Michele Perego b), Michele Laus a)
Affiliations : a) Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, INSTM, UdR Alessandria, Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy b) Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy

Resume : Hydroxyl-terminated P(S-r-MMA) random copolymers with molecular weight ranging from 1.7 to 69 kg/mol and a styrene unit fraction of 61% were grafted onto a silicon oxide surface and subsequently used to study the orientation of domains with respect to the substrate, in cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA block copolymer thin films. When the thickness (H) of the grafted layer
is greater than 5−6 nm, a perpendicular orientation is always
observed because of the efficient decoupling of the BCP film
from the polar SiO2 surface. Conversely, if H is less than 5 nm,
the critical thickness of the grafted layer, which allows the
neutralization of the substrate and promotion of the
perpendicular orientation of the nanodomains in the BCP film, is found to depend on the Mn of the RCP. In particular, the critical thickness necessary to promote the perpendicular orientation of the cylinders in the BCP thin film changes as a function of the molecular weight of the RCP. An effective neutralization is observed for a specific Mn value when thickness nears 2Rg. For this thickness value, the configuration of the grafted RCP molecules closely resembles the random coil and the diffusion of the BCP into the grafted layer is counteracted by the entropy loss associated with the stretching of the grafted chains necessary to accommodate the BCP molecules. Within this regime, 2 nm thick films of RCPs with an Mn of 1700 (2Rg = 2.1 nm) are sufficient to promote the perpendicular orientation of the PMMA cylinders in the PS-b -PMMA BCP film. From a technological point of view, minimization of the thickness of the RCP allows optimization of pattern transfer fidelity.

Authors : 1 Cristiano Aliberti, Diego Antonioli, Katia Sparnacci, Valentina Gianotti, Michele Laus, 2 Giovanni Paleari, Elisa Arduca, Gabriele Seguini, Michele Perego
Affiliations : 1 Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, INSTM, UdR Alessandria, Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy 2 Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy

Resume : Boron-terminated polystyrene with molecular weight ranging from 1800 to 18000 g/mol were synthesized for p-type doping of silicon substrates through spin-on technique. Several polymers were prepared using the ARGET-ATRP method using tert-butyl 2-bromoisobutyrate as initiator, changing monomer to initiator ratio and the reaction time. After polymerization, polystyrene samples were functionalized in order to end-cap the chains with a boron-containing molecule. Various polymers were characterized by SEC, to estimate Mn, Mw and PDI, by NMR (1H and 13C) in order to investigate the correct structure of the molecules and by TGA-GC-MS for knowing the thermal behavior and the amount of boron into the polymers.

Authors : 1) Riccardo Chiarcos, Diego Antonioli, Valentina Gianotti, Katia Sparnacci, Michele Laus 2) Gabriele Seguini, Fabio Zanenga and Michele Perego
Affiliations : 1) Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT), Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, INSTM, UdR Alessandria, Viale T. Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy 2) Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy

Resume : The aim of this work is to obtain block copolymer brushes by a combined grafting to and grafting from approach. A new strategy was employed in which the second block re-growths starting from a homopolymer brush layer obtained by the grafting to approach. In detail, polystyrene samples with molecular weight ranging from 2.5 to 13 kg/mol and narrow molar mass distribution were synthesized by nitroxide-mediated-polymerization (NMP) using N-tert-butyl-N-[1-diethylphosphono(2,2-dimetylpropyl)] nitroxide (SG1/DEPN) as polymerization controller. Such polymers were grafted onto a silicon oxide surface by Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) at different temperatures. As thermolabile groups deriving from the terminal SG1 are located at the silica surface, they could allow a synthesis of block copolymers via the grafting from approach by surface initiated NMP. Preliminary experiments of regrowth from surface were conducted with deuterated styrene and 4-vinylpyridine. The corresponding block copolymer brushes were obtained and their characteristics discussed as a function of the relevant reaction parameter.

Authors : Katia Sparnacci(1), Michele Perego(2), Gabriele Seguini(2), Diego Antonioli(1), Valentina Gianotti(1), Michele Laus(1).
Affiliations : (1) Università del Piemonte Orientale ‘‘A. Avogadro’’, DISIT, Viale T. Michel 11, I-15121 Alessandria, Italy (2) Laboratorio MDM, IMM-CNR, Via C. Olivetti 2, I-20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy

Resume : The capability to control dopant incorporation within semiconductor materials with atomic accuracy represents a major challenge toward further scaling of electronic devices. A promising strategy is the monolayer doping (MLD), which consists in the creation of a well-ordered monolayer of dopant-containing molecules bonded to the surface of the substrate. In this work, we extended this approach by studying the self-assembly of phosphorous-containing end-functional polymers. Monodisperse polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) polymers with different molar masses, end-terminated with a phosphate containing moiety were prepared. These polymers were grafted to an activated silica surface by thermal annealing in a Rapid Thermal Processing apparatus. Subsequent removal of the organic layer by oxygen plasma and capping with SiO2 leads to the formation of a P δ-layer embedded in a SiO2 matrix. Taking advantage of the self-limiting nature of the “grafting to” process, precise control of the areal dose and spatial distribution of dopants can be achieved by tuning the polymer molar mass. Repeated cycles of polymer grafting followed by plasma hashing led to a stepwise increase in the dose of P atoms grafted to the silica surface. P injection in the silicon substrate was promoted by high temperature thermal treatments. Finally, the combination of this approach with block copolymer lithography allows to control at the nanoscale the lateral confinement of the dopant atoms.

Authors : Md Mohiuddin
Affiliations : RMIT University

Resume : Conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy and vice versa in piezoelectric materials have a wide range of applications in energy harvester, sensors, and actuators. Antiparallel stacking sequence in semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) bulk crystal makes it centrosymmetric thus nonpiezoelectric. Contrary, piezoelectricity in mono or odd layers arises from broken inversion symmetry in many two-dimensional (2D) TMDs can be utilized for efficient exfoliation processes. Owing to distinctive physical properties and emerging applications, 2D tungsten disulfide (WS2) has become one of the most extensively studied TMDs in the recent years. Here we demonstrate an experimental process to improve exfoliation efficiency of WS2 using an external electric field. We successfully able to thin down and enhance the exfoliation efficiency by exploiting the intrinsic piezoelectric nature of WS2. The nanosheets produced in the liquid phase by our developed method are relatively small in size and free from any apparent defects. The developed approach can lead to new possibilities of large-scale production of non-centrosymmetry 2D layered materials for the applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting devices.

Authors : I. Murillo-Borbonio, R. A. Escalona-Villalpando, J. Ledesma – García, M.P. Gurrola, L.G. Arriaga.
Affiliations : Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Electroquímica, División de Investigación y Posgrado, Facultad de Ingeniería - Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.

Resume : Copper (Cu) is used in non-enzymatic systems due to its excellent selectivity and organic molecules oxidative capacity, for this reason its use for the cholesterol oxidation is considered. Therefore, in this work we present the optimization of synthesis Cu nanoparticle, presented by Maya et al for to reduce their size nanoparticles as a principal objective. In these sense, the particle size obtained was characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), while the morphology by the scanning electron microscope (SEM). For another hand, the composition by energy dispersive spectroscopy X-ray (EDS) and X-rays photoelectrons emitted spectroscopy by (XPS), crystallographic analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The electrochemical response of the Cu-NPs was examined using cyclic voltammetry. The physicochemical characterization demonstrated a particle size reduction of 98%, indicating an excellent process optimization for reduce de nanoparticles size. Additional, this optimization did not significantly alter the crystallographic properties of the material. Through the corresponding analyzes, it was observed that the material is composed of 79% metallic Cu, while only 21% is carried to copper oxides. On the other hand, the electrochemical response indicates an excellent performance of Cu-NPs in basic medium. In addition, according the results, the Cu-NPs synthetized have an excellent catalytic response in the cholesterol presence, which, it is possible to appreciate from the first cholesterol addition (0.1 mM). Therefore, the material synthesized in this work is possible to be used in systems such as an electrochemical sensor or for use in energy generation systems as fuel microcells.

Authors : Parvathy, Asha R. Pai, Bipin Nair
Affiliations : Dept. of Physics, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam – 690525; Dept. of Physics, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam – 690525; Amrita School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam – 690525

Resume : Core shell nanoparticles comprise of two or more materials, such as metals and biomolecules, wherein one of them forms the core at the centre, while the other material/ materials that were located around the central core develops a shell. The plant mediated has become an emerging field of sustainable nanotechnology. Though several biological resources have been exploited for the synthesis of core-shell nanoparticles, but plant based materials appear to be ideal candidates for large scale green synthesis of core-shell nanoparticles. In our study we have used Fresh leaf extract of Gracinia cambogia Linn. as the reducing and capping agent for the synthesis of ZnO:Ag core shell nanoparticles. UV-Visible spectroscopy confirmed the formation of ZnO:Ag NPs as the absorbance peak was found at 267 nm and the SPR band at 410 nm corresponding to Ag shell structure. This was reconfirmed by the XPS analysis. The two peaks at binding energies of 1021.6 eV and 1044.6 eV in the XPS spectra of Zn 2p correspond to the Zn 2 2p 3/2 and Zn 2 2p 1/2 , respectively. The presence of binding energies peaks at 367.6 eV corresponds to Ag 3d5/2 and 531.6 eV corresponds to oxygen O1s.

Authors : J. Jaramillo-Fernandez, G. Whitworth, D. P, Garcia, C. López, C. M. Sotomayor-Torres
Affiliations : a Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain b Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madridc/Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3, 28049 Madrid, Spain c ICREA, Passeig Lluis Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Resume : Today, temperature regulation at the macro and microscale is one of the major contributors to the energy demand of our society [1]. Indeed, modern cooling systems account for 15% of the global energy consumption and 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, a tenfold growth in the demand of cooling technologies is expected in the next 30 years, mainly due to global warming [2]. In this work, a self-assembled opal-based thermal blackbody is proposed to achieve improved thermal performance of devices that undergo critical heating during operation. The working principle of the cooling device is based on the interaction of the transverse optical phonons and equally polarized electromagnetic waves, which results in an intense evanescent field confined at the surface of a polar-dielectric interface, the so called surface phonon polariton (SPhP). Such surface excitations have the ability to enhance thermal energy conduction [3], [4] and, in the presence of a grating, they can be diffracted as infrared thermal energy. Using these two concepts we demonstrate experimentally radiative cooling of a surface with a cooling power of 21W/m2. The monolayer opal emits longwave infrared radiation through the atmospheric window and in a large range of wavelengths, thus providing effective radiative cooling by using the outer space at 3K as a heat sink. A significant temperature decrease of a hot surface is achieved using the proposed radiative cooler. [1] Y. Joshi and P. Kumar, Energy efficient thermal management of data centers. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, 2012. [2] E. A. Goldstein, A. P. Raman, and S. Fan, ?Sub-ambient non-evaporative fluid cooling with the sky?, Nat. Energy, vol. 2, p. 17143, Sep. 2017. [3] Chen, D.-Z. A., Narayanaswamy, A. & Chen, G. Enhancement of in-plane thermal conductivity of thin films via surface phonon-polaritons. ASME 2005 Int. Mech. Eng. Congr. Expo. 1, 841?846 (2005). [4] Tervo, E. J., Adewuyi, O. S., Hammonds, J. S. & Cola, B. A. High thermal conductivity in polaritonic SiO 2 nanoparticle beds. Mater. Horiz. 3, 434?441 (2016).

Authors : Ewa Gorecka(1), Jaonna Matrszek, Pawel Majewski(1), Damian Pociecha(1), Neha Topnani (1), Viera Hamplova (2), Vladka Novotna (2), Natasa Vaupotic (3,4)
Affiliations : 1 Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw ul. Zwirki i Wigury 101, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland 2.Department of Dielectrics, Institute of Physics, Prague 8, Czech Republic 3 Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Koroška 160, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia 4.Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Resume : Organic molecules can self-assemble into diverse aggregate morphologies like nonotubes, nanowires and nonoribbons, depending on the molecular interactions such as amphiphilic, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals forces, and π-π stacking. Also molecular shape and other conditions are paying role as well. We show that quite conventional mesogenic molecules (rod-like or bent-core) my form nanotubes or nanoribbons. We will discuss the chiral segregation effect, origin of optical activity for these materials and the shape transition induced by additives that adsorb to the membranes forming the nano-objects.

Authors : Jan Paczesny
Affiliations : Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Detection of bacteria is important aspect of science and goal of numerous studies. Bacterial infections concerns many fields, such as hospital care (90 000 deaths during hospitalization every year) or food industry (76 million illnesses annually). There is a constant need of development of new sensors for fast and sensitive bacteria detection. One of the envisioned design is based on bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria. Despite some attempts in the field of phage-based sensors, sensitivity and repeatability issues still need to be addressed. Main goal of presented research was to create fast, sensitive and reliable sensor for bacteria detection based on bacteriophages. Only specific orientation of phages allows for effective bacteria capture. Ordered layers of bacteriophages properly oriented in the electric field were able to detect bacteria in a fast and efficient way. Application of constant electric field enabled to partially orient phages and resulted in 4 times higher sensitivity. In further research, we utilized alternating electric field. Second approach combined with chemical modification allowed for 64-fold increase in sensitivity and a limit of detection as low as 100 bacteria/ml. Properties, such as density of phages, selectivity and response in real samples, were analyzed and well characterized. Obtained sensing elements can be applied for selective, sensitive, and fast (15 min) bacteria detection.

Authors : Imen Ammar1, Anis Akkari1, Fabien Delpech2, Souad Ammar 3 and Najoua Turki-Kamoun1
Affiliations : 1Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis El Manar, Tunisie 2092, Tunisia 2 INSA, UPS, CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-Objets (LPCNO), Université de Toulouse, 31077 Toulouse cedex 9, France 3Sorbonne Paris Cité, ITODYS, CNRS, UMR-7086, Université Paris Diderot, 75013 Paris, France

Resume : Tin sulfide (SnS) thin films were obtained by chemical bath deposition by using two surfactants: anionic sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) and cationic Benzethonium chloride. The influence of the surfactants on the thin films properties was investigated and was correlated with their photocatalytic efficiency for methylene blue (MB) dye degradation under sun light irradiation. The structural, morphological, chemical composition and optical properties of samples were analyzed by using XRD, MEB, EDX and spectrophotometer. The results indicate the use of SDS gives thin films with higher photocatalytic activity compared to SnS free SDS surfactant. In fact, SnS grown with SDS surfactant has a dye degradation of nearly 88% during 4h exposition to sun light. Whereas SnS film degrades only 65% of dye molecules in the same time interval. Key words SnS, CBD, thin film, surfactant, photocatalytic activity

Authors : Baligh Touatia*, Abdelaziz Gassoumia,b and Najoua Kamoun Turkia
Affiliations : aUniversité Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, LR99ES13 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée (LPMC), 2092 Tunis, Tunisia. bKing Khalid University, College of Science, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 9004, Abha 61413, Saudi Arabia.

Resume : The indium doped lead sulfide (In:PbS) thin films were synthesized by the simple chemical bath deposition (CBD) method and the photovoltaic performances of In doped PbS derived absorber layers are studied. All the films are polycrystalline in nature with face centered cubic structure. The doping of In significantly altered the morphology of PbS from pyramidal to quadratic shape by the arrangement of small nanoparticles. A change in preferential orientation from the (111) direction to the (200) direction as well as surface smoothing and roughness decreasing of the films were observed with In content. The layers grown with (2 at%) In content had a strong (200) preferred orientation, well-defined quadratic grain shapes, minimal resistivity of 0.76×10-1 Ωcm with an optical energy band gap (Eg) of 1.45 eV. Using the optimised conditions, we used 2 at% In:PbS as an active layer in FTO/Sn:ZnO/In:PbS/Al solar cell structure with conversion efficiency of 1.02%. As an added advantage of the low band gap PbS (Eg = 0.72 eV) stacked over a wide gap 2 at% In:PbS (FTO/Sn:ZnO/In:PbS/PbS/Al), the device operate as a solar cell robustly with power conversion efficiency of 2.65%. Keywords: Chemical bath deposition; PbS thin films; In3+ content; Preferential orientation; Optoelectronic properties; Solar cells

Authors : Rihab Ben Ayed*, MejdaAjili* and NajouaKamounTurki *
Affiliations : Université Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, LR99ES13 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée (LPMC), 2092 Tunis, Tunisia

Resume : Iron oxide (Fe2O3) thin films were deposited on ordinary glass substrate by chemical spray pyrolysis technique with different volumes (V= 50, 75, 100 and 125 ml). Structural and optical properties were studied by X-ray diffraction and spectrophotometer. The XRD analysis of the layers showed that they were α-Fe2O3with (104) as a prefferred orientation. A degradation of crystallinity followed by a change in plan orientation from (104) to (110) was observed when sprayed solution volume rised to 125 ml. The best cristallinity is obtained for V = 100 ml. In fact, the dislocation density seems to be reduced to the value 0.65x 1014 lines. m-2. The optical study revealed that for all volumes the as deposited films absorbed the UV and most of the visible. Fe2O3 thin films displayed an average band gap around 2.15 eV for direct transition and 2 eV for indirect transition. Moreover, the obtained measurement result of gas sensing prove that α-Fe2O3 thin film based sensor is very promising semi-conductor for fabricating gas sensor with great performance thanks to its good sensitivity and stabilityeven at an ethanol gas concentration of 5 ppm. Key words:Chemical spray pyrolysis, Iron oxide, Structural and optical properties, Gas sensor.

Authors : Samar Dabbabi1, Tarek Ben Nasr1, Souad Ammar2, Najoua Kamoun1
Affiliations : 1. Université Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, LR99ES13 Laboratoirede Physique de la Matière Condensée (LPMC), 2092 Tunis, Tunisia 2. ITODYS, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CNRS UMR-7086, Paris, France Corresponding author:

Resume : Mixed oxides (ZnO, SnO2) thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis method on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis technique. The mixed oxides were prepared in the range of 25 at.% to 60 at.% by altering the Zn/(Sn+Zn) atomic ratio in the starting solution. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the grow films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectrophotometry. XRD analysis indicate the coexistence of both tetragonal casseterite structure of SnO2 and hexagonal wurtzite phase of ZnO for all mixed thins films. Microstructural parameters such as micro-strain and crystallite size suggest the good crystallinity of mixed thin film at 60 at.%. Optical analysis by means of transmittance T ( and reflectance R ( measurements allowed us to determine the optical constants for single and mixed oxides. High average transmittance and low reflectance properties make the films good materials for anti-reflection coatings and for solar thermal applications in flat-plate collectors, etc. Keywords: Zinc oxide; Tin oxide; Mixed oxides; Spray pyrolysis; Optical properties.

Authors : Maher Tlili, Neila Jebbari and NajouaKamoun
Affiliations : Université Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, LR99ES13 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée (LPMC), 2092 Tunis, Tunisia. /

Resume : The MgO magnesium oxide thin films are synthesized by the chemical spraying technique "SPRAY" using different precursors of magnesium with 0.2M concentration and the bi-distilled water as the solvent. Structural, optical and morphological analysis are performed by XRD, FTIR, spectrophotometry and AFM. They respectively confirm the crystallization of magnesium oxide in the CFC cubic face-centered structure and his gap energy is of the order of magnitude 4 eV. Under solar irradiation, these layers have a photocatalytic activity: the absorbance of methylene blue is observed for the wavelength 665 nm, which corresponds to the total degradation of methylene blue dye. Keywords:Thin films, Magnesium oxide, Photocatalysis

Authors : Chayma Nefzi 1, Mehdi Souli1 and Najoua Kamoun-Turki1
Affiliations : 1Université de Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière condensée,2092, Tunisia

Resume : Multi-layers Cu2FeSnS4 (CFTS) thin films were elaborated by spray pyrolysis technique on glass substrates by different deposition runs (1, 2, 3 and 4) using methanolic solution. Structural and optical properties of each run were investigated respectively by X-ray diffraction and spectrophotometer in the wavelength range of [250–2500] nm. All runs show that Cu2FeSnS4 thin films are preferentially oriented along (112) plan located at 2θ=28,61°. The good crystalline quality with narrowest diffraction peak and highest grain size has been obtained after three deposition runs. Optical transmission and reflectance have revealed that after three deposition runs, band gap energy is about 1,48 eV and the absorption coefficient is equal to 9,6 104 cm-1 which is considered as the best values compared to other runs. Refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (k), the real (ε1) and imaginary (ε2) parts of the dielectric constant were also determined. These experimental results have shown that optimum multi-layer CFTS thin film is obtained at three deposition runs. All obtained results permit to use CFTS material as an absorber layer in solar cell devices. Keywords: CFTS, Spray pyrolysis, multi-layers, structural, optical propertie; solar cells.

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Authors : Christian Schlickriede, Basudeb Sain, Thomas Zentgraf
Affiliations : University of Paderborn Department of Physics Warburger Str. 100 33098 Paderborn Germany

Resume : We design and experimentally investigate an artificial sheet material fabricated by electron beam lithography, subsequent deposition of 30 nm gold and lift-off procedure. This so called plasmonic metasurface is able to work as a lens for imaging on very small length scales with simultaneous frequency conversion for the incident near-infrared light. With our approach, we take advantage of the nonlinear geometric phase originating from the arrangement of plasmonic nanostructures with specific rotational symmetry. Depending on the incident circular polarization of light, the phase profile for the nonlinear harmonic generation process can be switched between convex and concave. In our experiments, we determine the formation of real and virtual focal planes for illumination with femtosecond laser pulses and we demonstrate nonlinear imaging abilities that give rise to real and virtual images of real objects at visible wavelengths. These considerations are expanded on nonlinear dielectric metasurfaces with higher efficiencies. Therefore, imaging with even higher harmonic generation processes can be obtained and most importantly, we found that the nonlinear image evolution is not governed by the traditional lens equation but by a generalized version of it. This work paves new ways for nonlinear metasurface devices in the field of nano-optoelectronics or quantum communication technologies.

Authors : E. Verhagen
Affiliations : Center for Nanophotonics, AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Resume : In optomechanical systems, co-localizing light and mechanical oscillations at the nanoscale can lead to strong interaction between photons and phonons. Such optomechanical coupling enables on the one hand extremely sensitive detection of nanoscale motion, that allow exploring the fundamentals of quantum measurement as well as novel sensing technologies. On the other hand, it leads to large optical forces that allow new ways to control mechanical motion and transport. We study sliced photonic crystal nanobeam systems in which photons and phonons are coupled with extreme strength. We demonstrate sensitive optical displacement detection in such systems. Owing to the large optomechanical coupling strength, these measurements can be both strongly nonlinear and fast - i.e. reaching near-quantum-level precision within times much shorter than a mechanical period. This provides new paths to evading the standard quantum limit and creating and characterizing nonclassical states of motion through measurement. Moreover, we show that the optical forces in such systems can mediate phononic signal transport between different nanomechanical modes. We show that light can imprint an effective gauge field on such transport, mimicking the Aharonov-Bohm effect with sound. This can be used to create topologically protected states in nanomechanical systems.

Authors : Mirela Malekovic, Esteban Bermúdez-Ureña, Bodo D. Wilts, Ullrich Steiner
Affiliations : Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Resume : Most vivid colours in nature originate from the interference of light with nanostructured materials. In many cases, the nanostructure is not perfect and introducing disorder results in additional optical effects that might change the reflection properties. Our current research is broadly focused on two questions: (i) how are optical properties influenced by disorder? and (ii) can we replicate natural photonic structures with a controlled degree of disorder? For this, we systematically investigate the colour change of distributed Bragg reflectors in relation to its key parameters, i.e. the total numbers of layers, the refractive index contrast and their thickness. Here, we have manufactured distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) using different techniques. Using spin coating, we deposit several layers of alternating porous materials where each layer has a controlled thickness and refractive index. We show that a reflector constructed of three repeating series of six layers gives optical properties that are a result of the disorder. In this case, the disorder is not fully random, but small deviations in the structure have a large influence on the colour and still produce a narrowband response. Alternatively, we show a different proof-of-concept solution using lithographically produced multi-layered patterns that readily assemble into a variety of Bragg reflectors with a different number of layers. We discuss the influence of disorder and the use of these materials in novel optical applications.

Authors : Jeremie Maire (1), Nestor E. Capuj (2)(3), Martin F. Colombano (1)(4), Guillermo Arregui(1), Amadeu Griol(5), Alejandro Martinez(5), Clivia M. Sotomayor-Torres(1)(6), Daniel Navarro-Urrios(7)
Affiliations : (1) Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain. (2) Depto. Física, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain. (3) Instituto Universitario de Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. (4) Depto. Física, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain. (5) Nanophotonics Technology Center, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain. (6) Catalan Institute for Research and Advances Studies ICREA, 08010 Barcelona, Spain. (7) MIND-IN2UB, Departament d'Electrònica, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Resume : Optomechanical structures are potential building blocks for phononic circuits and quantum computing, and a huge focus is put on non-linear applications due to several potentially huge impact features such as phonon lasing, chaos and high sensitivity readout. Phononic circuits, in which the information is carried by phonons, will require a complete set of components. Optomechanical structures can already be used to create coherent phonon sources and detectors, and recently a phonon memory has been achieved. However, other functions, especially more complex, remain challenging. Here, we use our silicon optomechanical cavities displaying phonon lasing to propose and demonstrate a way to modulate the coherent phonon emission properties by photothermal effect induced by an external laser. Thus, we effectively create a phonon switch working at ambient conditions of pressure and temperature with a switching power as low as 130 μW. The working speed of our switch is only limited by the build-up time of the mechanical motion of the optomechanical structure and solving the equations of the system shows good agreement with our experimental results. We additionally demonstrate other modulation schemes in which the coherent emission is maintained, including harmonics modulation, where different harmonics of the optical force are used, and modulation to- and from a chaotic regime. Furthermore, with this scheme we are able to selectively modulate the emission of any single cavity without affecting its surroundings, which is an important step towards future circuits with networks of optomechanical phonon emitters.

15:30 Coffee Break    
S10 : TBD
Authors : Karolina Korzeb 1, Cédric Kilchoer 1, Narjes Abdollahi 1, Ulrich Wiesner 2, Ullrich Steiner 1, Bodo Wilts 1, Ilja Gunkel 1
Affiliations : 1: Adolphe Merkle Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland; 2: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA;

Resume : Optical metamaterials are artificially structured materials whose interaction with light is determined by their structure rather than by their chemical composition. Their fabrication remains technologically challenging, as it requires structures with nanoscale features over macroscopic areas. Such a structure would be prohibitively expensive to fabricate by top-down lithographic processes. Alternatively, 3D optical metamaterials can be fabricated from the bottom up by replicating continuous network structures of self-assembled block copolymers. Creating the desired functionality in “self-assembled” optical metamaterials requires precise three-dimensional structural control of the polymer template used for their fabrication. In this talk, we will present recent results showing that polymer films with well-ordered structures in three dimensions can be generated by controlled solvent vapor annealing in combination with in situ structural characterization by means of x-ray scattering. We show that using these templates 3D optical metamaterials with interesting optical properties can be fabricated by electrodeposition of plasmonic metals into voided polymer templates.

Authors : Christina Krywka, Anton Davydok
Affiliations : Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute for Materials Research, D-21502 Geesthacht. Germany

Resume : Scanning X-ray nanodiffraction is an excellent tool for materials science related in situ studies. It readily serves structural information with sub-µm spatial resolution from crystalline and semi-crystalline materials (metals, biomaterials, synthetic compounds). That way grain orientation, residual stress profiles, crystal structure or texture can be obtained in a non-destructive analysis. Because of the long focal distance focusing, the wide X-ray energy range and a flexible sample positioning system, high resolution nanodiffraction experiments can be performed even under demanding conditions e.g. on strongly absorbing metallic samples or in extended sample environments. The Nanofocus Endstation of beamline P03 (PETRA III, Hamburg) is part of the German Engineering Materials Science Center (GEMS) and is operated jointly by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the University of Kiel. It is one of only few places in the world where the experimental conditions for scanning X-ray nanodiffraction are provided and it offers a sub-micron sized, hard X-ray beam. The strong focus on materials science at P03 is demonstrated by the wide range of experiments already performed with in situ sample environments: pressure, indentation force, tensile stress, fluid shear, magnetic fields - all of these parameters were successfully modified in situ and combined with the high spatial resolution provided by nanofocused beam. This contribution will provide a comprehensive introduction to the experimental facilities at P03 and showcase a compilation of past experiments where in situ applications have been combined with X-ray nanodiffraction.

Authors : Diane Eichert, Werner Jark
Affiliations : Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste, S.S. 14 Km163.5 in Area Science Park, 34149 Basovizza, Trieste, Italy

Resume : As novel nanomaterial devices, e.g. semiconductors, energy related-, electronic or optical components become increasingly smaller, the need to study the properties of their layers and interfaces at the nanometer scale increase. Proven methods of characterisation must be used in order to understand how atoms are arranged within ultra-thin-nano and/or multilayered films or structures, how structures are assembled and interconnect, as how they are evolving with time. Indeed, the characteristics of such devices, and their related performance are often influenced by layer parameters such as film thickness, density or surface/interface roughness and elemental impurities. X-ray techniques conducted in grazing incidence conditions allows to probe large areas, and thus to extrapolate accurately the device performance and characteristics. By combining angularly resolved Grazing Incidence X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (GIXRF) and X-ray reflectivity (XRR), one has access to the sample’s depth composition, given by the angularly resolved fluorescence contributions of the materials’ elements and to its optical parameters, respectively. A quantitative analysis is obtained after fitting a theoretical curve to as measurement by refining the parameters to reconstruct appropriately the structure. We will illustrate the potential of these techniques in the metrology of devices of industrial relevance such as optical components, opto-electronics and semiconductor devices, and nanoparticles.

Authors : Philipp Hönicke (a), Victor Soltwisch (a), Yves Kayser (a), Burkhard Beckhoff (a), Frank Scholze (a), Thomas Weimann (b), Markus Krämer (c)
Affiliations : (a): Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Abbestr. 2-12, 10587 Berlin, Germany (b): Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Bundesallee 100, 38116 Braunschweig, Germany (c): AXO DRESDEN GmbH, Gasanstaltstr. 8b, 01237 Dresden, Germany

Resume : In most cases, bulk-type reference-materials do not provide optimal calibration schemes for the analysis of nanomaterials as e.g. surface and interface contributions may differ from bulk. Also, spatial inhomogeneities may exist at the nanoscale or the response of the analytical method may not be linear when going from bulk to the nanoscale. Thus, the availability of suited nanoscale reference materials is drastically lower than the current demand. The reference-free X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique of PTB can address this disparity as it enables an SI traceable quantitative characterization of nanomaterials without the need for reference or calibration standards. This opens a route for the XRF based qualification of calibration samples. As a first example, we use physical vapor deposition techniques for the development of layer-like reference samples with very low mass depositions. Different reference samples were fabricated for application in XRF and total-reflection XRF analysis. They were quantitatively characterized using synchrotron radiation employing PTB´s reference-free XRF approach. In a second example, we work on the development of nanostructures as calibration samples. Several lithographic 2D and 3D nanostructures have been fabricated at PTB using e-beam lithography and were characterized using the reference-free grazing incidence XRF methodology of PTB. Here, an advanced and novel calculation scheme for the intensity distributions within the X-ray standing wave field (XSW) is required. In addition to the traceable quantification of elemental mass depositions, this allows for a determination of in-depth elemental distributions and the dimensional properties of the nanostructures.

Authors : Eleonora Cara1, Federico Ferrarese Lupi1, Philipp Hönicke2, Yves Kayser2, Samuele Porro3, Fabrizio Pirri3, Burkhard Beckhoff2, Natascia De Leo1, Luca Boarino1
Affiliations : 1 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica INRiM, Strada delle Cacce 91, Torino, Italy 2 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB, Abbestraße 2-12, Berlin, Germany 3 Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy

Resume : The sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS) process, which is derived from atomic layer deposition (ALD), is based on the cyclic infiltration of a polymer with inorganic materials through sequential and self-limiting exposures to gas-phase. SIS is often used to harden lithographic resists [1], to produce inorganic nanostructures within block copolymer (BCP) templates [2] or to obtain conformal coatings with low refractive indexes [3]. Despite the development of a large number of applications, the mechanism behind this synthesis process is still incomplete [4]. The most studied inorganic oxide in ALD is Al2O3 which can be grown by cyclic reactions of trimethyl-aluminum (TMA) and water precursors. The TMA has been demonstrated to react preferentially with PMMA in PS-b-PMMA BCP systems. However the role of polystyrene (PS) as a diffusion channel for the gaseous precursor is still discussed. A better understanding of this mechanism can be achieved by means of grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence (GIXRF) analysis that can address the open questions regarding the infiltration mechanism through a depth-dependent determination of the infiltrated oxide in the polymer matrix. The X-ray standing wave (XSW) field, arising at the flat sample surface, presents in-depth intensity variations occurring with angular dependence. Such field is modeled to obtain information on the infiltration profile inside the polymer. Moreover, the employment of calibrated instrumentation allows for reference-free GIXRF [5,6] and thus for a quantification of the elemental mass deposition of the inorganic material. GIXRF analysis was performed on PMMA, PS-r-PMMA and PS-b-PMMA layers treated with 1 to 10 cycles of Al2O3 ALD using TMA and H2O precursors. Si/SiO2 substrates were treated in the same conditions and used as a reference for the quantitative determination of the Al2O3 growth rate. The non-destructive analytical technique allows to discern the difference in the infiltration process between PS and PMMA. [1] Y. C. Tseng, et al., J. Mater. Chem, 21, 2011, 11722. [2] J. Kamcev, et al., ACS Nano, 7, 2012, 339. [3] D. Berman, et al., ACS Nano, 11 (3), 2017, 2521. [4] M. Biswas, et al., J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 2015, 14585. [5] P. Hönicke, et al., Phys. Status Solidi A, 212 (3), 2015, 523. [6] M. Müller, et al., Materials, 7(4), 2014, 3147.

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Authors : Thomas Cossuet,1 Estelle Appert,1 Jean-Luc Thomassin,2 Fabrice Donatini,3 Alex M. Lord,4 Julien Pernot,3,5 and Vincent Consonni.1
Affiliations : 1 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, LMGP, F-38000 Grenoble, France 2 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CEA-Grenoble, INAC-PHELIQS-LATEQS, F-38000 Grenoble, France 3 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Institut NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble, France 4 Centre for Nanohealth, College of Engineering, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP, UK 5 Institut Universitaire de France, 103 Boulevard Saint-Michel, F-75005 Paris, France

Resume : Polarity is known to affect the growth and properties of ZnO single crystals and films [1], but its effects are mostly unknown in nanorods (NRs). While ZnO NRs grown by vapor phase techniques are Zn-polar, they can be of either O- or Zn-polarity when grown by chemical bath deposition [2]. In this context, we address the issue of the polarity-dependent growth and properties of ZnO NRs following the selective area growth using electron beam lithography [3,4]. To leave polarity as the only varying parameter, well-ordered O- and Zn-polar ZnO NR arrays with high structural uniformity are grown by CBD under identical conditions. Zn-polar ZnO NRs are found to exhibit larger growth rates than O-polar ZnO NRs [3]. This is explained in the framework of the surface reaction- / diffusive transport-limited elongation regime analysis. Four-point probe resistivity measurements in metal contact and multi-probe scanning tunneling microscopy configurations show the high electrical conductivity of O- and Zn-polar ZnO NRs as well as its polarity dependence [4]. This is attributed to the massive incorporation of hydrogen as shown by Raman scattering and cathodoluminescence. These findings show the relevance of considering polarity as an important quantity to be controlled for nanoscale devices. [1] J. Zúñiga-Pérez, V. Consonni et al., Applied Physics Reviews 3, 041303 (2016). [2] V. Consonni et al., ACS Nano 8, 4761 (2014). [3] T. Cossuet et al., Langmuir 33, 6269 (2017). [4] T.Cossuet at al., submitted (2018).

Authors : Anisha Gokarna, Hind Kadiri, Agnieszka Gwiazda, Junze Zhou, Komla Nomenyo, and Gilles Lerondel
Affiliations : L2n, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS UMR 6281, University of Technology of Troyes, 12 Rue Marie Curie, CS 42060, 10004 Troyes, Cedex, France

Resume : ZnO nanostructures have attracted a great deal of research interest over the past few years due to their unique properties and exciting potential applications. Growth of well-ordered, large scale, periodic arrays of ZnO nanowires (NWs) using solution based processes are essential for enhancing the performance of the device and for advanced light-matter interaction control i.e. absorption and emission enhancement. The objective of this study is to demonstrate that by using chemical technique, one can synthesize different forms of nanostructures of ZnO. Selective growth of ZnO using templates fabricated by bottom-up and top-down approach has been achieved. The bottom-up approach involves fabrication of self-organized templates of functionalized polystyrene beads for two purposes, namely, as masks for patterning silicon and for fabrication of urchin-like ZnO structures [1]. In the top-down approach, different kinds of silicon patterns in the form of cones or pillars can be obtained using Laser Interference Lithography technique. ZnO NWs are grown on these patterns (pine-tree like structures) [2,3]. The structural and optical properties of these patterned ZnO NW structures will be presented. These patterned samples will be further used for device applications. [1]A. Gokarna, et al. RSC Adv, 4, 47234, 2014. [2]A. Gokarna, et al. Phys. Stat. Sol. C 13, 421, 2016. [3]A. Gwiazda, et al. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2,1700107, 2017.

Authors : Frank Güell and Paulina R Martínez-Alanis
Affiliations : Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Resume : The optical properties of ZnO nanowires, grown by the vapor-transport method using Au as catalyst over quartz and SiO2/Si substrates, have been characterized as a function of the growth parameters such as growth temperature, growth time and the thickness of the Au film used as catalyst. The diameter and the length of the nanowires range from 40 to 200 nm and 0.2 to 2 μm, respectively. Room-temperature absorption spectra show a well-defined exciton peak in the ultraviolet. Photoluminescence measurements show two emission bands at room-temperature, the exciton emission peak in the ultraviolet, and a very broad emission band in the visible range from 420 to 800 nm, which exhibits three distinct peak-like contributions in the Green, Yellow and Red at around 520, 590 and 720 nm (2.38, 2.10 and 1.72 eV), respectively. We show that the intensity of the broad emission band in the visible increases relative to that of the exciton emission as the ZnO nanowire diameter decreases due to a surface effect. Moreover, the intensities of the emission bands in the visible change as a function of the ZnO nanowire growth parameters, which correspond to different defect-related recombination processes. This work shows that the growth parameters influence the quantity and type of defects present in the material, which will be useful in the future applications of ZnO for optoelectronics.

Authors : Clemens Kunz, Tobias N. Büttner, Björn Naumann, Anne V. Boehm, Enrico Gnecco, Jörn Bonse, Christof Neumann, Andrey Turchanin, Frank A. Müller, Stephan Gräf
Affiliations : Clemens Kunz; Tobias N. Büttner; Björn Naumann; Anne V. Boehm; Enrico Gnecco; Frank A. Müller; Stephan Gräf; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM), Löbdergraben 32, 07743 Jena, Germany Jörn Bonse; Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin, Germany Christof Neumann; Andrey Turchanin; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Lessingstraße 10, 07743 Jena, Germany Andrey Turchanin; Frank A. Müller; Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC), Philosophenweg 7, 07743 Jena, Germany

Resume : Due to their outstanding anisotropic mechanical properties along the fiber axis, carbon fibers are used to reinforce polymers (CFRP) or concrete (ECC). In this context, the interface between the fiber and the surrounding matrix material plays a key role for the reinforcement mechanism. Different methods including plasma oxidation, chemical or electrolytic etching and chemical vapor deposition have been investigated in order to increase the bonding strength. The present study deals with a laser-based approach to functionalize carbon fibers. For this purpose, a fs-laser (λ = 1025 nm, τ = 300 fs, frep = 100 kHz) was used to structure large surface areas of carbon fibers with laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS).The formation process of high-spatial frequency LIPSS (HSFL) with spatial periods Λ ≈ 170 nm and low-spatial period LIPSS (LSFL) with periods Λ ≈ 940 nm was investigated in dependence on the laser peak fluence and the number of laser pulses. For the first time, hybrid structures were demonstrated based on a superposition of LSFL and HSFL. The surface morphologies were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fast-Fourier Transformation (FFT). The chemical modification was analyzed with Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Mechanical tests were performed in order to evaluate the impact of the fs-laser irradiation on the mechanical properties of the carbon fibers.

Authors : Jongseong Park, Seung-Pyo Hong, Swetha S. M. Bhat, Tae Hyung Lee, Sol A Lee, Kootak Hong, Mohammadreza Shokouhimehr*, Ho Won Jang*
Affiliations : Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea.

Resume : TiO2, which shows great chemical resistance and thermodynamic stability, is widely applied in many applications including photoelectrode for photoelectrochemical cell. And the hydrothermal process is well-known as a facile route for the synthesis of nanostructured TiO2. However, it requires accurate process optimizations and adjustments to prevent the products with undesirable morphology. Herein, systematically controlled experimental studies were carried out under thermodynamic and kinetic considerations to understand the formation of the well-aligned TiO2 nanorods during the hydrothermal reaction. TiO2 nanorods were synthesized on various type of substrates, including single crystals, seed mediated and thin film deposited for clarifying the preferential growth of TiO2 nanorods. Various growth parameters were studied to confirm the effects on the morphological evolution of the TiO2 nanorods. Based on the crystallographic analyses of the TiO2 nanorods and extensive monitoring on entire growth processes, the stable morphology formed by surface energy of the TiO2 nanorods was confirmed. The results demonstrate the impact of precipitation controlled by HCl concentration of the solution and what morphology can be synthesized by homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation with hydrothermal method.

Authors : Noopur Jain, N. Ravishankar
Affiliations : Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Resume : There have been multiple reports on TiO2-derived nanotubes prepared by hydrothermal synthesis method in extreme basic conditions (aq. NaOH). The hydrothermal method employed has been reported to produce a variety of compounds such as Na2Ti3O7, Na2Ti4O9.H2O, Na2Ti6O13, etc. Naturally, it generates contradictions with respect to the proposed crystal structure, composition and formation mechanism of the nanotubes. This work focuses on the preparation of titania nanotubes using microwave-synthesized TiO2 and TiO2 (P25) as precursor. The hydrothermal conditions are varied (100-180 oC; 3h-48h) and the changes in microstructure of the Na-contained tubes as well as partially ion-exchanged tubes have been analyzed thoroughly. Another quick and efficient microwave technique has been employed to prepare Na-contained titania products. It was seen that the morphology of the product was different, but the synthesis duration could be reduced to 5-10 min. Detailed electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) is performed to explore the morphology of the products and SAED patterns are used to explain the phase and crystal structures. It is observed that the leaching of Na+ ion from the structure and its replacement with H+ ion tends to affect the crystallinity and stability of the product, keeping its morphology intact. Detailed X-ray Diffraction and Thermogravimetric Analysis was done to study the effect of Na+ in the system. A rigorous analysis of the surface is provided with the help of XPS and TPR/TPD techniques. Noble metals (Au, Pt) are decorated on the surface of the nanostructures to enhance their activities as catalysts for CO oxidation. The NaTNT-Pt hybrid that shows the best activity shows a full-conversion temperature of 140 oC. The rate of reactions and activation energies are compared for the catalysts.

10:30 Coffee Break    
S12 : TBD
Authors : Sébastien Pecqueur, David Guérin, Dominique Vuillaume, Fabien Alibart
Affiliations : IEMN-CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; IEMN-CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; IEMN-CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; IEMN-CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France and LN2-CNRS, Sherbrooke, France

Resume : Biological computing systems are very inspirational objects, from their structure, organization and up to there computing principles for the development of new computing paradigms. Emulating some of these basic concepts in hardware could potentially revolutionize our way of processing information. This approach needs to consider the neuromorphic computing paradigm in its globality, from the basic sensors level to the data analysis one. In this presentation, we will put the emphasis on organic materials as a promising platform for future neurmorphic engineering solutions. In particular, we will present an innovative approach that relies on both intrinsic micro-sensors’ physics and neuromorphic computing concepts to show pattern classification out of a 12-unit bio-sensing array. We adapt the proposition of reservoir computing to demonstrate that relevant computing can be realized based on the ionic dynamics in 400-nm channel-length organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) and the key concept of learning. Furthermore, we show that this approach can deal efficiently with the high level of variability obtained by bottom-up electro-polymerized OECT. We discuss the effect of the array size and variability on the performances for a simple real-time classification task paving the way to new sensing and processing approaches.

Authors : Marie-Pierre Santoni,(a) Mohamed Jouini,(a) Annette Delices,(a) Zijun Xu,(a) Chang-Zhi Dong,(a) Sebastien Bellynck,(a) Iwona Rutkowska,(b) Pawel Kulesza,(b) Samir Farhat,(c) Thierry Pauporté,(d)
Affiliations : (a) Université Paris Diderot, SPC, ITODYS UMR 7086 CNRS, 75205 – Paris Cedex 13, France;(b) Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, PL-02-093 Warsaw;(c) LSPM - PEMA, Université Paris 13; (d) IRCP - MPOE, Chimie ParisTech

Resume : Adequate matching of properties of multi-component hybrid molecular material can lead to tunable and functional systems that feature the combined intrinsic properties of each component and, possibly, new properties. These hybrids can be further integrated into mesoscopic architectures and lead to optimized devices or new applications. We focus our interest on the efficiency of one direction charge transfer and transport processes in hybrid molecular material for applications in solar energy through photovoltaic conversion (solid-state Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, ss-DSCs) and through photocatalysis application (PhotoElectrosynthesis Cells, DSPECs). In order to improve the charge transfer between active units (e.g. the dye and the Hole-Transport Material HTM), we introduce a covalent bond between these molecular units, thus making covalent arrays or conjugates (A. Delices et al. Electrochim. Acta (2018) 269, 163). Using in situ electro-assisted PhotoElectroPolymerization (PEP), this strategy allows the controlled deposition of a conducting polymer (CP) covalently linked to the photoactive moiety with removal of any interface between components. This approach, based on energy level matching and covalently bounded units, allows the targeting of both n- and p-type photoelectrode materials for the two above-mentioned applications. We used such obtained material in low-temperature CO2-conversion processes based on electrocatalytic and photoelectrochemical approaches.

Authors : Elisa Fresta, Cintia Ezquerro, Elena Serrano, Elena Lalinde, Javier García-Martínez,Jesús R. Berenguer, and Rubén D. Costa
Affiliations : Elisa Fresta, Rubén D. Costa:.IMDEA Materials Institute, Calle Eric Kandel 2, E-28906 Getafe, Madrid (Spain). Cintia Ezquerro, Elena Lalinde, Jesús R. Berenguer: Departamento de Química-Centro de Investigación en Síntesis Química (CISQ), Universidad de La Rioja, Madre de Dios, 53, E-26006, Logroño, La Rioja (Spain). Elena Serrano, Javier García-Martínez: Laboratorio de Nanotecnología Molecular, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Alicante, Ctra. Alicante-S. Vicente s/n, E-03080 Alicante (Spain).

Resume : Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) represent one of the most important technological progress of the 20th century, as it allowed us to obtain light as primary product of their working mechanism, with efficiencies as high as 80%. They are based on inorganic semiconductor materials coated with a color down-converting phosphor. However, commercial inorganic phosphors rely on rare earth materials, which leads to high production cost and uncertain availability for the future. Additionally, their bad color quality is considered a health concern.[1] This led to the rise of hybrid organic-inorganic LEDs, which feature an organic phosphor.[2] There are two major challenges in the hybrid white LED (HWLED) field. Firstly, there is the need to develop new color down-converting coatings with enhanced photo- stabilities and thermal management. Secondly, there is a strong need of white-emitting single-component down-converting coatings, to circumvent problems related to self-absorption, phase separation, and color instability caused by mixing two or more different emitters. Herein, we provide a pioneering synthesis method demonstrating the first example of single-component white-emitting hybrid organometallo-silica nanoparticles using a new synthetic approach. In short, the latter is based on the kinetic control of the initial formation of emissive organometallic dots of about 5 nm of diameter, via the condensation of three emitting iridium(III) complexes bearing terminal alkoxysilane groups, prior to the growth of the mesoporous silica nanoparticles.[3] These novel nanoparticles show one of the highest photoluminescence quantum yields for white emission (20%), that is remarkably stable under different irradiation and temperature stress scenarios. This finding encouraged us to employ the white-emitting hybrid silica nanoparticles as color down-converting coatings and/or packagings for HWLEDs. The latter featured an excellent color quality, which closely matches the sunlight spectrum, spherical light distribution, and stability over thousands of hours (<2% decrease for >1500h under continuous operation conditions). As a matter of fact, both color quality and stability of our WHLEDs are the best reported up to date. We believe that the versatility and simplicity of our new synthesis approach, as well as the excellent optical properties and stability of our hybrid nanoparticles and devices may open new and exciting opportunities for the design and fabrication of new single component white emitters and HWLEDs. [1] K.M. Zielinska-Dabkowska, Make Lighting Healthier, Nature. 553 (2018) 274–276. [2] E. Fresta, V.F. Luna, P.B. Coto, R.D. Costa, Merging Biology and Solid-State Lighting: Recent Advances in Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Biological Materials, Adv. Funct. Mater. (2018) DOI:10.1002/adfm.201707011. [3] C. Ezquerro, E. Fresta, E. Serrano, E. Lalinde, J. Garcia-Martinez, J.R. Berenguer, R.D. Costa, Three-in-one: White-emitting organometallo-silica nanoparticles for single-component hybrid light-emitting diodes, Mater. Horiz. (2018) (Submitted.)

Authors : Toshihiko Tanaka (presenter) [1,2,3] ,Masamitsu Ishitobi [2], Tetsuya Aoyama [3], Hirohito Umezawa [1]
Affiliations : [1] National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan; [2] ASET Sumitomo Chemical Laboratory, Tsukuba Research Laboratory ,Sumitomo Chemical Co.Ltd.; [3] Elements Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR)

Resume : The presenter was fascinated by the discovery of the oriented growth on an aligned poly(tetrafluoroethylene) [PTFE] layer and has been keeping the first interest for over two decades. It is a promising method for preparing ordered molecular films because of its remarkable orienting ability together with the versatility for a wide range of materials. There have been no such kinds of substrates for orienting molecules. In spite of the non-sticking and poor wetting properties of PTFE, what happens between PTFE and the materials? Then we have recently concluded that this is due to negatively charged atomic grooves of an aligned PTFE surface. This atomic groove epitaxy was first discovered by a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation [3] and furthermore some modification of the F charge recently demonstrated the significant contribution of its negative charge, which is crucial for high orientational degrees of two linear conjugated molecules[2]. In the model, the grooves between adjacent PTFE chains trap the molecules, thus accounting for the high degrees (~0.95 of order pamameter) in theirexperimentally deposited thin films on the layers. Hence, such an orientation is only possible with PTFE. This work is supported by JSPS-KAKENHI(JP17K4996). [1] J. C. Wittmann, P.Smith., Nature, 352, 414 (1991); [2] T. Tanaka, M. Ishitobi, J. Phys. Chem. B, 106, 564 (2002); [3] T. Tanaka, M. Ishitobi, Chem. Lett., 47(1), 55 (2018).

Authors : K. Łempicka1,2, M. Król1, A. Leniart2, B. Piętka1, J. Szczytko1, P.W. Majewski2
Affiliations : 1. Institute of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland 2. Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Resume : Over the last years, magneto-optically active organic compounds have been studied in great detail. They exhibit numerous applications in spintronics such as waveguides, optical magnetometers and magnetic field sensors. One of the commonly investigated magneto-optical phenomenon is the Faraday rotation, typically observed in inorganic compounds with permanent spin moments, i.e. unpaired electrons. Recent studies have been reported in the field of organic semiconductors, where organic polymers with high carrier mobility are used as the active materials while their sensitivity to magnetic field has not been explained yet. As a part of an ongoing research concerning efficient magneto-optical materials, several of conjugated polymers and liquid crystals were tested for their Faraday rotation responses. For thin organic materials at room temperature the value of Verdet constant is giant and approaches 104–105 °/Tm – which is about 1–2 orders of magnitude larger than for inorganic compounds. Using their extraordinary ability to self-assemble, which help in obtaining highly ordered structures, it is possible to improve magneto-optical rotation. By controlling the thickness of pi-conjugated polymer layers (e.g. P3HT) in the range of 50–350 nm, it is possible to increase the Verdet constant in visible spectral range. Here, for the first time, we report an observation of a giant Faraday rotation was observed for liquid crystal with copper thin film in crystalline form. The main challenge of this work is to optimize the preparation of well-oriented samples. This new approach towards organic-spintronics opens the way to develop magneto-optical phenomena in self-assembling organic structures.

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Authors : Bartlomiej Graczykowski [1,2], Marianna Sledzinska [3], Francesc Alzina [3], George Fytas [1] and Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres [3,4]
Affiliations : [1] Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55218 Mainz, Germany [2] NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Umultowska 85, 61614 Poznan, Poland; [3] Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain; [4] ICREA - Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Resume : Progress in the last few decades in nano-scale thermal transport has enabled a significant degree of control over heat and sound propagation by lattice vibrations - phonons. The latest investigations on the thermal properties of silicon, the most common material in electronics, micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and photonics, have pointed to nanostructuring as a highly efficient approach to acoustic phonon engineering [1-3]. Heat conduction in silicon can be effectively engineered by means of sub-micrometer porous thin free-standing membranes [1,4]. Tunable thermal properties make these structures good candidates for integrated heat management units such as waste heat recovery, rectification or efficient heat dissipation. However, possible applications require detailed thermal characterization at high temperatures which, up to now, has been an experimental challenge. In this work we use the contactless two-laser Raman thermometry to study heat dissipation in periodic porous membranes at high temperatures via lattice conduction and air-mediated losses [4,5]. We find the reduction of the thermal conductivity and its temperature dependence closely correlated with the structure feature size. Based on two-phonon Raman spectra, we attribute this behavior to diffuse (incoherent) phonon-boundary scattering. Furthermore, we investigate and quantify the heat dissipation via natural air-mediated cooling, which can be tuned by engineering the porosity. References: 1. M. Maldovan, Nature 503, 209 (2013). 2. M.R. Wagner, B. Graczykowski, J.R. Reparaz et al., Nanoletters 16(9), 5661–5668 (2016). 3. B. Graczykowski, M. Sledzinska, F. Alzina et al., Physical Review B 91, 075414 (2015). 4. B. Graczykowski, A. El Sachat, J.R. Reparaz et al. Nature Communications 8, 415 (2017). 5. J. Reparaz, E. Chavez-Angel, M. Wagner et al., Review of Scientific Instruments 85, 034901 (2014).

Authors : Elisa Pinna[1], Mehran Merhabanian[1], Eugenio Redolfi Riva[1][2], Mariavitalia Tiddia[1], Eleonora Cara[3], Giulia Aprile[3], Natascia De Leo[3], Luca Boarino[3], Guido Mula[1]
Affiliations : [1] PoroSiLab, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria, I-09042 Monserrato (CA), Italy (Italy); [2] Istituto Officina dei Materiali (CNR-IOM), Unità di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria, I-09042 Monserrato (CA), Italy; [3] Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, INRiM, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135, Torino, Italy

Resume : Nanolithography of semiconductors below about 100 nm length scale is below the optical diffraction limits of optical lithography and is significantly time consuming and expensive for large surface patterning when using ion-beam or electron lithography. We propose here a method that is cost effective, simple and scalable to large surfaces, made by using a simple electrochemical approach[1]. In our method, the formation of a sacrificial porous double layer allows to control the density and distribution ordering of the surface patterning, that can then be used as a template for the formation of a new porous layer with the desired electrochemical parameters. The electrochemical porosification of semiconductors starts where there is the presence of surface irregularities that, by modifying the local electric field, become the starting point of new pores. With our method, the distribution these seeds for new pores can be controlled by the sacrificial double layer. The first layer of the sacrificial double layer is used to control the density and the second to control the ordering. Experimental results with porous silicon will be presented. [1] G. Mula, E. Pinna, M. Mehrabanian, E. Redolfi Riva, E. Cara, IT Patent application n. 102018000003427 (2018)

Authors : Zeinab Chehadi 1, Cédric Boissière1, Corinne Chanéac1 and Marco Faustini 1
Affiliations : 1Sorbonne Université, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Collège de France, Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, 75005 Paris, France.

Resume : Recently, mesoporous thin films with highly controlled pore systems has a significant technological value because it has emerging applications in sensing, thermoelectric energy conversion, thermal isolation, microfluidics and solar cells. Most of these application require a complete optical and thermal characterization [1]. In this work, we propose to studying the sorption, optical and thermoplamsonics properties of mesoporous films in which local heating is induced by plasmon of nanorods of gold (GNRs). Indeed, recent investigations have shown that GNRs can serve as a local source of heat [2]. Particularly, the basic system consists to fabricate a nanocomposite optical thin films composed by GNRs surrounded by mesoporous silica. The functioning of the device is based on thermo-optical properties of GNRs. In this context, we developed and optimized synthesis method that allowed us to obtain a hybrid nanostructures containing gold nanoparticles coated with silica . Mesoporous silica is grown on CTAB stabilized GNRs, silica shell can be grown in one step using the GNRs as a nucleation sites, since the capping surfactant (CTAB) is also used as a template for the formation of the porous silica. After synthesis, the colloidal particles were deposited using capillary/evaporation regime during dip coating procedure. The nanocomposite system was characterized by SEM, TEM and by in-situ ellipsometric analysis. The evolution of LSPR of GNRs during capillary condensation and desorption of water and toluene is investigated as a function of Relative Humidity (%RH). The measurements are performed in an environmental chamber allowing control of (%RH). We have quantified a 40 nm red shift with our nanocomposite system in the empty porosity (n= 1.2) – full porosity (n= 1.45). Moreover, these measurements are investigated by exciting of LSPR of GNRs inducing thermal heating. The porous SiO2 coupled with nanorods could be used as a nanoprobes for measure local temperature for GNRs and a sensitive chemical sensor to detect a contaminant of air. [1] C. D. S. Brites, M. C. Fuertes, P. C. Angelomé, E. D. Martínez, P. P. Lima, G. J. A. A. Soler-Illia, and L. D. Carlos, Nano Lett. 17, 4746−4752 (2017). [2] G. Baffou, R. Quidant, Laser & Photonic Reviews 7, 171-187 (2013).

Authors : Marie-Christin Röpert, Christoph Weidmann, Rainer Ostermann
Affiliations : Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Resume : Bimodal pore systems feature high adsorption capacity due to micro- and mesoporosity combined with macropores for good transport properties. Therefore, such systems are of utmost importance for chromatography applications or as carrier for catalysts. The inorganic sol-gel-chemistry offers reliable routes to synthesize materials with tunable pore sizes, most prominently via phase separation during condensation and solidification of silica precursors [1]. This concept was successfully transferred from inorganic to organic polymers. In contrast to previous studies on radical polymerization [2], we extend this strategy to novel bicontinuous porous polymers, which form readily under mild conditions via the cyclotrimerization of inexpensive diisocyanates. In addition, the isocyanate chemistry allows using tailored prepolymers to optimize the properties (e.g. shrinkage) or functionalizing the resulting solvogels for adjusting polarity and incorporating catalysts. Furthermore, the crosslinked polyisocyanurate network is thermally and mechanically stable and therefore suitable for applications involving high pressure or temperature. We will present the considerations leading to systems of suitable solvents and polymers for controlled phase separation, focus on the parameters for synthesis and functionalization, as well as giving a first outlook on applications. [1] K. Nakanishi, J. Porous Mat. 1997, 4, p. 67 [2] K. Kanamori, K. Nakanishi, T. Hanada, Adv. Mater. 2006, 18, p. 2407

Authors : Marianna Sledzinska 1, Bartlomiej Graczykowski 2, 3, Marcel Placidi 4, Francesc Alzina 1 and Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres 1,5
Affiliations : 1 - Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Spain; 2 - Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz ,Germany; 3 - NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; 4 - Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Barcelona, Spain; 5 - ICREA Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats, Barcelona, Spain;

Resume : Recent advances in two-dimensional (2D) material science have shown the importance of structural features, such as grain boundaries, on the performance of future electronic devices. At the same time, understanding how the thermal conductivity and elastic properties of polycrystalline 2D materials scales with grain sizes has become a key information for engineering efficient and scalable materials towards applications. In this work we report a record low thermal conductivity in polycrystalline MoS2 obtained by varying grain sizes and orientations in ultrathin films. By optimizing the sulphurisation parameters of nanometre-thick Mo layer, we could grow MoS2 films with tuneable morphologies. The thermal conductivity was extracted from a Raman laser power-dependent study on suspended samples. The lowest value of thermal conductivity of 0.27 Wm-1K-1 was obtained in a polycrystalline sample formed by a combination of horizontally and vertically oriented grains, with respect to the bulk (001) monocrystal. These results open the possibility use of these thermally insulating films in the context of electronics and thermoelectricity, as various theoretical studies have already suggested efficient thermoelectric generation based on MoS2 which, together with progress in transition metal dichalcogenide doping, could lead to validation of these concepts in the near future. By means of micro-Brillouin light scattering we determined the mechanical properties of MoS2 membranes in a simple, contactless, nondestructive manner. The results show huge elastic softening compared to bulk MoS2, which is correlated with the sample morphology and the residual stress. References [1] M. Sledzinska et al. 2D Mater. 3 035016 (2016) [2] M. Sledzinska et al. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 9 37905 (2017) [3] B. Graczykowski, M. Sledzinska et al. Nano Lett., 17 7647 (2017)


Symposium organizers
Daniel NAVARRO-URRIOSCatalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Campus Bellaterra - Edifici ICN2 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
Gabriele SEGUINICNR-IMM, Laboratorio MDM

Via Carlo Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy

29 Rue J. Marvig 31055 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
Pawel W. MAJEWSKIUniversity of Warsaw

Department of Chemistry, 1 Pasteur St. Warsaw, Poland