Nano-materials are potential sources of groundbreaking improvements in a wide number of technological areas, including biomedicine, and energy harvesting and storage. The ANFF Materials node brings together specific strengths in the fabrication of both hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.
The Materials node is based at the University of Newcastle (UoN) and the University of Wollongong’s (UoW) new $28m Innovation campus the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials. It combines the skills, facilities and expertise of the UoW Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), and the UoN’s Centre for Organic Electronics. Between them, these three partners offer extensive and unique capabilities in the design, development and fabrication of nanostructured electronic materials and devices.
The Materials node offer’s services for the production of commercial quantities of speciality nanostructured materials such as electronic polymers, macromolecules, oxides and metallic powders
Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) is most often used to produce thin films and nanostructures. In thermal CVD a heated substrate is exposed to one or more gas-phase precursors, which react and/or decompose at the surface to produce the required film.
This Atomate CVD system consists of a horizontal tube furnace through which precursor gases can be flowed, and is capable of both thermal and RF-plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD). The latter allows for decomposition of a wider variety of precursor molecules that can contribute to the growth of the nanostructures. The system is fully computer controlled and has several recipes already available, including the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanowires, graphene and ZnO films.
ANFF can provide consulting services to perform contract research or process engineering in the area of micro, nano and advanced materials fabrication to deliver prototypes or documented processes. Projects can be managed across each of the eight nodes of ANFF drawing on the resources of over 90 technical staff, 500 facilities and a network of academics.
Reel to reel (web) printing facility for organic electronics.
Allows the processing of many square meters of polymer electronics, in a semi-continuous manner. Production starts with a roll of flexible plastic foil onto which the device is built, layer by layer, using one of several printing or coating methods, and finally rolled up onto the coil again.
Ready-to-use units can then be cut and laminated from the roll. The whole process, from feedstock to finished product, is performed roll-to-roll, and this paves the way towards mass production and correspondingly low unit costs for devices such as organic solar cells.
Facilities for the large-scale (gram to kilograms) synthesis of synthetic organic materials such as: electroactive materials, conducting polymers, monomer systems, graphene, biopolymers or biodegradeable materials.
A range of 3D printing facilities are available capable of printing metals, plastics and biological materials.
The Angstrom Engineering polymer dual glovebox system for polymer electronics fabrication provides an inert atmosphere for spin coating, electrode or counter-electrode deposition and assembly of organic photovoltaic and other flexible electronic devices. Integrated into the glovebox system is a high vacuum chamber with mask transfer system for the thermal evaporative deposition of patterned electrodes and the ALD Savannah S100 system for counter electrode deposition.
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