Who: Paul Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles
Place: Donostia International Physics Center
Date: Friday, 24 May 2019, 12:00
The physical, electronic, mechanical, and chemical connections that materials make to one another and to the outside world are critical. Just as the properties and applications of conventional semiconductor devices depend on these contacts, so do nanomaterials, many nanoscale measurements, and devices of the future. We discuss the important roles that these contacts can play in preserving key transport and other properties via optimized transmission and robustness. Measurements of nanoscale connections from a number of perspectives guide the path to future opportunities and challenges, as well as the need for new nanoscale tools. Band alignment and minimally disruptive connections are both targets and can be characterized in both experiment and theory. Once targets are identified for both components and contacts, precursors can be designed to produce functional, connected materials.
Host: Nacho Pascual