The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University offers a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship suitable for an experimental physicist, material scientist or engineer. You will work in the iSMART facility (Innovations in Surfaces, Materials And Related Technologies) where you will gain expertise in leading-edge, thin film technology, laser processing and photonics, as well as experience in translating fundamental research into practical applications.
The aim of this research project is to investigate the full potential of laser annealing as an alternative to thermal annealing for the conversion of metalorganic precursors to inorganic thin films of high quality, for use in thin film transistors (TFTs). Our proprietary laser annealing technique has proven to be highly fruitful in inducing a photo-thermal chemical conversion for the fabrication of In2O3 thin films used as the active layer in TFTs. Laser annealing offers a highly localised thermal treatment, achieving high temperatures for ultra-short periods of time, and is compatible with large area processing (via surface scanning).