We’re happy to welcome Maria back from Netherlands! Within the MOLESCO Marie Curie ITN, Maria spent 1 month in the group of Prof. Herre van der Zant at TU Delft working on low-temperature characterization of graphene nanojunctions.
On Oct. 25th, the Trend in Micro Nano event organized by the Swiss mnt network took place at the Innocampus in Bienne. Among other speakers reporting about applied research or applications, we reported there on our work with Silicon-based biochemical sensors and its potential for applications.
We systematically investigate the impact of granularity in CVD graphene films by performing Raman mapping and electrical characterization of single (SD) and multi domain (MD) graphene. In order to elucidate the quality of the graphene film, we study its regional variations using large area Raman mapping and compare the G and 2D peak positions of as-transferred Chemical Vapor Deposited (CVD) graphene on SiO2 substrate. We find a similar upshift in wavenumber in both SD and MD graphene in comparison to freshly exfoliated graphene. In our case, doping could play the dominant role behind the observation of such upshifts rather than the influence due to strain. Interestingly, the impact of the polymer assisted wet transfer process is the same in both the CVD graphene types. The electrical characterization shows that SD graphene exhibits a substantially higher (a factor 5) field-effect mobility when compared to MD graphene. We attribute the low sheet resistance and mobility enhancement to a decrease in charge carrier scattering thanks to a reduction of the number of grain boundaries and defects in SD graphene.
FigureLarge area Raman scans of D, G and 2D bands (a-c, g-i) and peak position-histograms of SD (d-f) and MD (j-l) graphene. The average peak positions are marked with black dotted lines for D, G and 2D bands. Features in the large area scans are marked using white arrows. Scale bars: 4 µm (SD) and 2 µm (MD)
Michel Calame, staff member at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, has accepted to lead a laboratory at the Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) with a new focus on “Nanoscale Transport Phenomena”, starting Oct. 1st, 2016. The activities of the group in Basel continue and will be progressively transferred to the Empa. The whole Nanoscale Hybrid Electronic Systems group will be integrated in the Empa lab and based in Dübendorf from August 2017 on.
Abendliche Tea Party mit Physik beim Spielzeugmuseum in Riehen.
Anlässlich der Finissage der Ausstellung „Merk- und merkerwürdig Im Wunderland”, fand am Sonntag 10. July eine grosse Tea-Party im Spielzeumuseum statt. Jüngere und ältere konnten sich da auch von physikalischen Experimenten verblüffen lassen.