Carl V. Thompson




Professor Thompson and his students carry out research on thin films and nanostructures for use in micro- and nano-systems, especially electronic, electromechanical and electrochemical systems. One area of special interest is structure evolution during film formation and during the post-patterning processing. For these studies, in-situ stress and structure characterization are combined to study kinetic processes that affect the properties of films and surfaces, both during and after deposition. Another major theme in Professor Thompson's research is the development of techniques for organizing large systems of nano-scale materials, including carbon nanotubes, semiconductor and metallic nano-wires, and metallic nano-crystals. In the latter case, templated solid-state dewetting has been a particular focus, because of the fundamental insight into curvature-driven evolution of solids that these studies provide, as well as the ability to make complex micro- and nanostructures using this approach. Applications of interest include sensing, energy storage/management, and water treatment.

Selected Publications

C.V. Thompson, Solid state dewettting of thin films, Ann. Rev. Of Materials Research 42, 299-334 (2012).

G.D. Nessim, A. Al-Obeidi, H. Grisaru, E.S. Polsen, C.R. Oliver, T. Zimrin, A.J. Hart, D. Aurbach and C.V. Thompson, Enhanced synthesis of verically aligned carbon nanotubes via in-situ generation of water vapor by preheating of added oxygen, Carbon 50, 4002 (2012).

L.Li, J. Joh, J.A. del. Alamo and C.V. Thompson, Spatial distribution of structural degradation under high-power stress in A1GaN/GaN HEMTs, Appl. Phys. Letts. 100, 172109 (2012).

P. Lianto, S. Yu, J. Wu, C.V. Thompson and W.K. Choi, Vertical etching with isolated catalysts in metal-assisted chemical etching of silicon, Nanoscale 4(23), 732-7539 (2012).

J. Ye and C.V. Thompson, Templated solid-state dewetting to controllably produce complex patterns, Advanced Materials 23, 1567 (2011).

J. Oh and C.V. Thompson, The role of electric field in pore formation during aluminum annodization, Electrochemica Acta 56, 4044 (2011).

R.R. Mitchell, B.M. Gallant, C.V. Thompson and Y. Shao-Horn, All-carbon-nanofiber electrodes for high-energy rechargeable Li-O2 batteries, Energy Environ,. Sci. 4 2952 (2011).




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