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Reliability at Complex Interfaces


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

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50.64.72.B7614 Boulder, CO

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Name E-mail Phone
DelRio, Frank William 303.497.3081


In many new and emerging applications ranging from opto- and microelectronics to biotechnology, components incorporate increasingly complex interfaces that dictate device performance and reliability. New measurement methods are needed for probing the effects of such interfaces on mechanical behavior and defect evolution, as well as relating these properties to spatial variations in device performance. Proposals are sought that involve characterization of interface reliability issues and evaluation of related surface and sub-surface effects. Desired proposals will include new methods for characterizing complex interfaces, extension of existing tools for improved sensitivity and spatial resolution, and comprehensive characterization of specific materials and next-generation devices (e.g., photovoltaics, batteries, nanocomposites). Current research primarily involves techniques based on atomic force microscopy (AFM), but opportunities exist involving complementary tools such as instrumented (nano-) indentation, SEM, TEM, and optical methods.


AFM; Biomaterials; Composites; Defects; Interfaces; Mechanical properties; Mechanics; Multilayer devices; Nanotechnology;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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