The PIN-group is led by Prof. Harold Zandvliet and the research field involves controlled preparation and understanding of interfaces, low-dimensional (nano)structures and nanomaterials. We focus on systems that (1) rely on state-of-the art applications or (2) can potentially lead to future applications.
Our research interest is driven by the fact that on a nanometer length scale the material properties depend on size, shape and dimensionality. A key challenge of our research activities is to obtain control over the properties in such a way that we are able to tailor the properties for (device) applications, ranging from nano/micro-electronics, nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) and wettability to sustainable energy related issues.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve studying and working with matter on an ultra-small scale. Advances in nanotechnology are mainly driven by new materials, new functionalities of known materials and novel device architectures. Many challenges, however, remain to be solved in order to fully exploit the functions of these nanoscale materials to enable robust technologies. Our research activities constitute an integral approach to addressing these challenges. Nanoscale materials have a much larger surface area to volume ratio than their bulk counterparts, thus their electrical, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties are dominated by surface or interface effects rather than bulk effects. In order to obtain a deeper insight into nanoscale systems we study their physical, chemical and especially electronic properties with high spatial and spectroscopic resolution techniques. With our background and long-standing expertise in interface/surface science we feel perfectly set for this challenging program.