Thin films are solid layers of material that are typically less than a few micrometres thick. They can be deposited on a variety of substrates, including metals, semiconductors, glass, and polymers, and are used in a wide range of applications, including electronics, optics, coatings, and sensors.
Nanotechnology is the science and engineering of manipulating matter at the nanoscale, which is the scale of atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology has a wide range of potential applications in fields such as medicine, electronics, energy, and materials science.
Thin films and nanotechnology are closely related fields. Thin films can be used to create nanostructures, and nanotechnology can be used to develop new methods for depositing thin films. For example, thin film deposition techniques such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) are often used to create nanostructured materials. Additionally, nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene can be used to create thin films with unique properties.
Research in thin films and nanotechnology is widespread and growing as scientists and engineers continue to develop new materials and applications. The UK and European thin films and nanotechnology research community is highly collaborative and there is a strong history of innovation in this area. It is well-funded and there is a strong commitment to commercialising new technologies. Current projects have far-reaching possibilities as developments continue.
- Thin film solar cells could make solar energy more accessible for more remote and less economically developed areas of the world
- Thin film batteries could enable new types of electric vehicles and portable electronics
- Thin film sensors could also improve medical treatment and the safety and efficiency of a wide range of industrial processes
PI-KEM is committed to enabling innovation and is constantly adding to its thin film and nanotechnology products. Our Business Development Team have the expertise and resources available to them to ensure our research partners have the materials and equipment they need to succeed.