Carl V. Thompson
- Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
- Director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT
- SB, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 1976
- SM, Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1977
- PhD, Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1982
Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Energy Storage; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems); Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films
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. His group carries out basic research on structure evolution during deposition and post-deposition processing of thin films. The latter includes research on templated solid-state dewetting of thin films and nanostructures, for development of new patterning methods and for basic studies of capillary-driven morphological evolution. Prof. Thompson's group also carries out research on the mechanisms of carbon nanotube growth and metal-catalyzed etching for creation of semiconductor nanowire arrays. Carbon nanotubes are also used in research on metal-air batteries and capacitive desalination devices, and nanowires are used in research on solid state supercapacitors. Thin film Li-ion microbatteries and thermogalvanic energy harvesting devices for applications in autonomous microsystems are also under investigation.