Research Laboratory in Byrne 114


    We are currently investigating the defect structure of zinc oxide (ZnO) materials.  ZnO is a semiconductor and a transparent conducting oxide (i.e., it's transparent in the visible region and conducts electricity).  These materials are structurally "defective", meaning that some atoms are missing and/or extra atoms are located in additional sites.  We use x-ray and neutron diffraction to study their defect structures.

    Applications of transparent conductors include displays (flat-panel, liquid crystal and plasma displays), touch panels, energy-efficient windows, antireflection coatings, organic LEDs, and solar cells.




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