Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"FILLED - Hierarchical nanostructures using plasma CVD growth of graphene petals"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Nanotechnology, materials science
Project Description:
Nanostructured materials have been used extensively in the last two decades to achieve improved thermal, electrical and chemical behavior. Carbon nanostructures (e.g. CNTs, graphene) in particular have attracted wide attention due to their excellent properties. Discovery of graphene in the last decade provided further impetus to research on carbon based nanostructures. While much work has been done in the direction growth and characterization of nanostructures themselves, integrating them together is an area which is yet to be addressed. Such integration will provide us with hierarchical structures which are of great interest due to several reasons. For example, such hierarchical structures can help us achieve synergistic effects wherein an extraordinary material characteristic is obtained due to the combined effect of two or more nanostructures. The project will involve growth of inorganic nanostructres (e.g. nanorods and nanowires of ZnO, Si) followed by their integration with carbon nanostructure. Growth of inorganic nanostructures will be carried out using wet and dry chemistry methods. Growth of carbon nanostructure will be carried out with the help of microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) at the Birck center.
Expected Student Contributions:
Work will be experimental in nature. The student would grow nanostructures using different chemical techniques.
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Desired Qualifications:
A good GPA > 3.5, Prior experience in working with chemicals and will be helpful.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Fisher, Timothy
mechanical engineering

Student Supervisor

Anurag Kumar

Cooperating Faculty

Prof. R. Reifenberger