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Mechanical behaviour of semiconductor nanowires


This project aims to apply in-situ deformation transmission electron microscopy and finite element analysis to explore the effect of materials dimensions on the mechanical behaviour of semiconductor nanowires and structural mechanisms behind the behaviour.


Professor Xiaozhou Liao.

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Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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One-dimensional semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have significant applications as active components of electronic, optoelectronic and electromechanical devices. The reliability and even functionality of these devices can depend strongly on their mechanical properties. Recent investigations have revealed significant effects of NW dimensions on the mechanical behaviour of semiconductor NWs. This project aims to conduct in-situ nano-compression and tensile experiments in a transmission electron microscope combined with finite element analysis to understand the details of these size effects on different semiconductor materials and the structural mechanisms behind the observed phenomena.

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1278

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