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The Thin Films and Interfaces Group

Thin films are nowadays utilized in many applications, ranging from semiconductor devices to optical coatings and are even present in pharmaceuticals (polymers). This wide-spread application of films with thicknesses from atomic monolayers to microns is due to the developments of thin film deposition techniques. Thin films are also important for studies of materials with new and unique properties due to the possibility of tuning their crystallographic and morphological properties. The thin film approach, i.e. the presence of interfaces (to a substrate or the film surface) adds more degrees of freedom for influencing the properties of materials, e.g. by lattice strain or surface functionalization. For these fundamental studies of material properties large research facilities such as synchrotron radiation or neutron spallation sources are one of the keys that the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) provides. Read more Top

PhD projects at the Thin Films and Interfaces Group

At present, we do not have open PhD positions available. As soon as we have details will be posted at our open position page. Other open positions are always published on the PSI Open Positions page.


Upcoming Group Seminars

DFT modelling of nano and macro properties of energy viable oxides - Abstract
Speaker: Dr. Monica Kosa
Laboratory for Scientific Computing and Modelling (LSM), PSI

Date: Monday 3 September 2018 15:30

Reversible magnetoelectric switching by electrochemical lithium intercalation - A progress report
Speaker: G. Bimashofer
Date: Monday 10 September 2018 16:00
Room: OFLG/402, TFI

Speaker: B. Biswas
Date: Monday 1 October 2018 16:00
Room: OFLG/402, TFI

Special interview with Prof. Thomas Lippert (PSI and Principle Investigator at I2CNER, Kyushu University) and Prof. Tatsumi Ishihara (Associate Director I2CNER, Kyushu University) on Current and Future Energy Research and Development in Europe: Perspectives from Switzerland, Germany and Japan. The interview is being published in the August 2017 issue of the Energy Outlook of the International Institut for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, I2CNER.
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Most recent Paper

Alejandro Ojeda-G-P, Max Döbeli, and Thomas Lippert
Influence of Plume Properties on Thin Film Composition in Pulsed Laser Deposition
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 1701062 (2018)

12 July 2018

Influence of Plume Properties on Thin Film Composition in Pulsed Laser Deposition

Despite the apparent simplicity of pulsed laser deposition, consistent deposition of thin films with the desired thickness, composition, crystallinity, and quality still remains challenging. This article explores the influence of process parameters with respect to film thickness and composition, two key aspects for thin films which have a very strong effect on film properties, possible applications, and characterization. Using five perovskite materials, a systematic analysis of different process parameters, e.g., target material, deposition pressure, fluence, substrate temperature or target to substrate distance, is performed. The results are classified under target ablation, plasma expansion, and substrates effects, which provide vital guidance to reduce the degree of trial and error when producing thin films. Moreover, they enable the understanding of what should be considered, and avoided for the deposition of thin films.
Keywords: pulsed laser deposition; thin films; composition; thickness; control of;

Facility: Thin Films and Interfaces, LMX, ETHZ

Reference: A. Ojeda-G-P et al., Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 1701062 (2018)

Read full article: [here]