Nano-Composite Thin Films: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Processes".

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31207, USA
Interests: composite materials; additive manufacturing; coating and thin film deposition; design and finite element analysis

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Interests: mechanical systems; nanoscale systems; carbon nanotube-polymer composites; carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers

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Dear Colleagues,

Nano-composite thin films are a new generation of coatings that produce desired surface properties and improved functional performance for materials. This Special Issue encompasses three main parts of the development of nano-composite thin films and coatings. The first part deals with the synthesis and fabrication, the second part focuses on the characterization of the properties and performances, and the third part concentrates on the application and importance of nano-composites thin films. The developed coatings can be used in a variety of applications, such as biomedical parts and implants, electronics and sensor technology, optoelectronics, tribology, environmental protection and shielding, energy conversion, medicine, and drug delivery systems. Studies focused on novel methods in the design, synthesis, and deposition of nano-composites thin films, and their advanced materials behavior and performance are highly recommended for publication in this Special Issue.

Prof. Arash Afshar
Prof. Chad Korach
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Keywords

  • nano-composites
  • thin films
  • coatings
  • synthesis
  • properties

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Back-Channel Etched In-Ga-Zn-O Thin-Film Transistor Utilizing Selective Wet-Etching of Copper Source and Drain
by Rauf Khan, Muhamad Affiq Bin Misran, Michitaka Ohtaki, Jun Tae Song, Tatsumi Ishihara and Reiji Hattori
Processes 2021, 9(12), 2193; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9122193 - 6 Dec 2021
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The electrical performance of the back-channel etched Indium–Gallium–Zinc–Oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with copper (Cu) source and drain (S/D) which are patterned by a selective etchant was investigated. The Cu S/D were fabricated on a molybdenum (Mo) layer to prevent the Cu diffusion [...] Read more.
The electrical performance of the back-channel etched Indium–Gallium–Zinc–Oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with copper (Cu) source and drain (S/D) which are patterned by a selective etchant was investigated. The Cu S/D were fabricated on a molybdenum (Mo) layer to prevent the Cu diffusion to the active layer (IGZO). We deposited the Cu layer using thermal evaporation and performed the selective wet etching of Cu using a non-acidic special etchant without damaging the IGZO active layer. We fabricated the IGZO TFTs and compared the performance in terms of linear and saturation region mobility, threshold voltage and ON current (ION). The IGZO TFTs with Mo/Cu S/D exhibit good electrical properties, as the linear region mobility is 12.3 cm2/V-s, saturation region mobility is 11 cm2/V-s, threshold voltage is 1.2 V and ION is 3.16 × 10−6 A. We patterned all the layers by a photolithography process. Finally, we introduced a SiO2-ESL layer to protect the device from external influence. The results show that the prevention of Cu and the introduced ESL layer enhances the electrical properties of IGZO TFTs. Full article
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