Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology

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The Laboratory for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems & Nanometrology (LTFN) is established at the Physics Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). It has an experience of 25 years in Thin films Technology, Fabrication of nanostructured materials & nanoparticles, developing/deploying in-situ & real-time monitoring techniques, modeling and Nanometrology. LTFN programs strive to interact with Academia, Research Institutes and Organizations and Industry and to transfer its technology to scientific and industrial users and developers and provide excellently educated graduates and research associates to society.

The main research activities of the LTFN are focused on the following topics:

  • Organic & Printed Electronics: Materials & Processes for Flexible Electronic Devices, OPVs, OTFTs, OLEDs, Biosensors, Printed Transparent electrodes and Barrier layers
  • Thin Films,Nanomaterials & NanoEngineering: Thin Films, Nanoparticles, Device Microfabrication with Vacuum and Printing techniques, Systems Design and Process monitoring Nanopatterning by Ultra-fast Laser, Ion-beam and Plasma processes, Surface characterization, Nanomechanical response,Surface activation and functionalization
  • Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology: Biocompatible nanomaterials, Development of drug delivery nanosystems, Nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, Scaffolds & nanoporous materials for implants, Bio-Functionalization, Haemocompatibility & Cytocompatibility tests
  • Optical Technology & Nanometrology: In-line optical monitoring of Printing & Vacuum Processes, Nanometrology applications and Non-destructive characterization, Ellipsometry & Raman
  • Computational & Modeling at Nanoscale: First Principles Calculations, Modeling of Devices and Processes, Study of the electronic, optical & mechanical properties of materials

LTFN Technologies & Applications:

  • Organic Electronics: OLEDs for displays and lighting, OPVs, OTFTs, sensors RFID
  • Energy: OPVs for electricity generation, OLED lighting for energy efficiency Wearables: smart textiles with energy and lighting
    functionalities
  • Buildings: energy efficient buildings, lighting, tents, roofs Automotive: energy generation and autonomy, solar roofs
  • Agriculture: energy efficient Mediterranean Green-houses by OPVs & OLEDs
  • Smart Packaging: food, consumer products, pharmaceutical products
  • Nanomedicine: stents, orthopaedic implants, contact lenses, biosensors etc.
  • Information Technology: Organic Electronics, Micro- electronics, Optoelectronics and Optics, Storage and Displays, Micro - fabrication

Based on its long expertise on Thin Film Technology, Optical diagnostics and Nanometrology, the LTFN operates as a Centre of Excellence and can provide services and know-how transfer to Academia, Research Institutes and Industry on:

  • Organic Electronics materials (organic semiconductors, transparent electrodes, barriers, plasmonic nanoparticles, etc.) and devices (OPVs, OLEDs, OTFTs, Sensors, Biosensors)
  • Novel thin film and multifunctional layers
  • Roll-to-Roll printing of Organic Electronic devices
  • Gas transport and CVD processes for films and 2D materials
  • Materials Patterning by ultra-fast laser processes
  • Encapsulation methodologies and processes
  • Design of novel optical sensing systems and non-destructive characterization techniques
  • Microstructural & nanomechanical characterization
  • Optical Engineering, & Computational Modelling
  • Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine (Protein-Enzyme-DNA surface adsorption, surface biocompatibility, characterization of biomaterials

Training of graduates, post-graduates and research scientists in the following subjects:

  • Technologies for fabrication and characterization of novel inorganic, organic and hybrid materials and microsystems
  • New techniques for metrology, analysis, examination, quality evaluation of material properties
  • Methods and measurements for certification of materials properties - interrelation with product and manufacturing demands

The training and educational activity at the LTFN includes:

  • Carrying out work for a Thesis (under-graduate, post-graduate or Doctoral degree).
  • Short courses and seminars for practicing physicists and engineers on various subjects in the areas of thin film technology, characterization, metrology and computational techniques.

Institutions can work with LTFN on collaborative research by:

  • Supporting a long-term research contract, either fully funded by a single institution or subsidized by the agencies supporting such activities. Collaboration with a consortium of institutions offers industry a highly cost effective means of funding long-term research in specific areas.
  • Supporting post-graduate research for a MSc. or a PhD degree.

Lab expertise and facilities are available to Institutions through a variety of mechanisms:

  • Consulting, lasting from one day to a few weeks, on a daily cost basis using the LTFN resources on specific problems, as well as testing and evaluation.
  • Short courses, seminars and training, introducing scientists to thin film techniques and providing updates on the latest surface engineering technology.
  • Carrying out market studies and analysis of weak points, to reveal the applications and the potential benefits of newly developed technologies.

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