Physics Department

Condensed Matter Research Group

Welcome to the Condensed Matter Research Group of the Department of Physics. Information about our group can be found in this website.

About Our Group and Research

The Condensed Matter Research Group focuses on the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of thin films, high Tc superconductors, and semiconductors. Areas of study include spin coating of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia for fuel cells using silicon, silica, silver, stainless steel and platinum as substrates; fabrication of Pb-doped BSCCO high Tc superconductors; fabrication of ZiSe for light emitting diodes; and photoluminescence and excitation of II-VI compounds for LEDs. The lab utilizes Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy for the characterization of the fabricated materials.

On-going Research

Morphological and Thickness Analyses of Spin-coated Nafion Films

Synthesis, Morphological Characterization and Investigations of the Transport Properties of Redox-Active Nafion Thin Films for Sensor Applications

Materials Science Laboratory (SJ 408)

Overview

The Condensed Matter Laboratory is a research laboratory to support the BS Physics with Specialization in Condensed Matter, the MS Physics, and the PhD Physics programs of the department. It is geared to do basic research in solid electrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell applications. The lab fabricates solid electrolytes like YSZ and Nafion thin films using spin coating, dip coating, and drop coating techniques. Morphological characterization is done by Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, EDX, and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Transport properties are measured by voltammetry method.