Research Areas

Research Areas

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Research Areas

The research in our laboratory is focused on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge to a range of problems in semiconductor processing, micro- and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, and sustainable and renewable energy. The role of interfaces becomes increasingly important as system dimensions are scaled downward. Much of our research aims to develop a molecular-level understanding in these systems, and hence the group uses a variety of molecular probes. Systems currently under study in our group include organic functionalization of semiconductor surfaces, mechanisms and control of atomic layer deposition, molecular layer deposition, area selective deposition processes, nanoscale materials for light absorption, interface engineering in photovoltaics, and catalyst and electrocatalyst synthesis and characterization.


Below is a video special of Professor Stacey Bent explaning the group's research of nanotechnology in a video interview series done by the Stanford School of Engineering.


Our research was also featured on the podcast "Nanovation" by Professor Michael Filler. The episode can be heard below where Professor Stacey Bent explains some of the group's research, atomic layer deposition (ALD), and the exciting innovations it brings to the field of nanotechnology. Listen to "32: Stacey Bent - A Ph.D. thesis in Russia" on Spreaker.



To learn more about the different specific research areas in our group, click on the links for each area below:


Acknowledgements and Funding

We acknowledge the following sources for funding:

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. DE-SC0004782.
  • National Science Foundation (Grant No. CHE 1607339)
  • U.S. Department of Energy, SUNCAT
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)
  • Samsung
  • Lam Research
  • Global Climate & Energy Project (Stanford University)
  • Applied Materials