Electrochemical phenomena provide unique methods for the synthesis of metallic coatings and materials, as well as a wide array of nanostructures.
Solar Energy Materials
Electrochemical synthesis enables the fabrication of energy materials in a cost-effective, highly scalable manner. This includes TiO2 nanotubes for photoelectrochemical water splitting and CuInS2 thin films for photovoltaics.
Electrowetting for Microfluidic Devices
Electrowetting-on-dielectric systems with applications in microlenses and capillary force actuators. Al2O3 thin films are fabricated by electrodeposition and coated with a hydrophobic polymer, which can be used to change the contact angle of liquids upon the application of a voltage.
Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into useful products
The conversion of CO2 into useful products is a desirable process to mitigate the emission of waste greenhouse gases. The electrodeposition of Au-Ni alloys is used to form films which can convert CO2 into useful products by electrochemical reduction.
Electrodeposition of Alloys for Magnetic Storage
In order to increase the density of magnetic recording media, new alloys with better magnetic properties are sought. Electrodeposition is used to form thin films of Fe, Pt, and Ni alloys.