Division of Materials Physics
The Division of Materials Physics consists of the laboratories for semiconductors, thin films and molecular physics, and several researchers working independently, with a research staff of 21 and eight Ph.D. candidates. Research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of new and modified nanostructured semiconductors, dielectrics and metallic materials, as well as the investigation of their molecular properties. Our particular interest is in photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysts, and anticorrosive coatings.
The Division of Materials Physics is involved in the fundamental and application-oriented study of physical parameters and processes describing and connecting the nano/microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic properties of condensed matter and molecules.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the most active fields of research and development in the DMP. Various types of nanostructured materials are synthesized: amorphous or nanocrystalline thin films by non-equilibrium processing (magnetron sputtering, ion implantation), nanolaminates, nanocrystalline metals, nanometer-scale ceramics, nanocomposites and spatially ordered nanoparticle arrays in amorphous matrices. The structures of the prepared materials are examined by several methods: X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and others, while physical properties are determined by a plethora of methods: electrical and optical measurements, photoluminescence, electrochemical measurements etc.
The correlation between preparation parameters, structure and physical properties provides thorough insight into physical processes, leading to new physical phenomena and the optimization there of for eventual applications. A new nanospectroscopic instrument will provide a powerful additional impetus for such research. Some materials examined so far exhibit excellent properties as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysts and anticorrosive coatings.
Fundamental research involving the vibrational spectroscopy of molecular and condensed matter systems is being applied to materials differing according to their preparation methods and compositions: metals, semiconductors, ceramics, molecular crystals and biological substances. Intensive research on strongly nonlinear interaction of light with matter and spontaneous or self-organization processes in condensed systems complete the scope of research in the Division of Materials Physics.
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Our Lab was formed in March 2016. We explore the possibility of modifying the properties of thin films of metal oxides, primarily of ZnO and TiO2, by adjusting their nanostructures and activating their surfaces.more »
The laboratory has traditionally focused on studying on optical, structural and vibrational properties of nanostructural materials and molecules by vibrational spectroscopies (Raman and infrared).more »
Research in optical materials, thin film and electromagnetic structures.more »
The principal research activity of the Semiconductor lab is in the field of semiconductors.more »
The project addresses fundamental physics and chemistry, properties and application of hybrid silicon nanostructures prepared by electrochemical anodisation and low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD). The project proposal consists of four interrelated research tasks: silicon/hybrid nanostructures for gas sensing; low light infrared detection; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in food technology and spherical optical microresonators in low concentration molecular detection.more »
The Center’s research unit New Functional Materials (NFM) will be devoted to the synthesis, characterization, simulation and developing of new functional materials for support and implementation of high-tech industries in Croatia. One of the aims of the NFM is to assemble the efforts, integrate people and promote interdisciplinary research of the RBI laboratories in materials science, the sensor research group of the KONČAR – Institute for Electrotechnik, Institute of Physics and Department of Physics of Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb.more »