Multifunctional materials and nanostructures: opportunities for materials and solid state physics studies at ISOLDE
The great advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology in the last decade have lead to the development of new platforms where all physical properties like size, porosity, geometry and surface functionalization can be controlled at the nanoscale. Self-organized nanostructuring using template synthesis is a very promising and rapidly expanding field for the preparation of templates and many different ordered nanostructures ranging from the micrometer to few nanometer range. Porous anodic aluminum, titanium, iron or hafnium templates with self-organized structures are suitable not only as a well-controlled nanostructured materials for direct applications but also as templates for preparing two- or three-dimensional arrays of periodic nanostructures. In this talk, I will focus on the main recent achievements of our research, focused on the implementation and improvement of deposition methods for the synthesis/growth of thin films, nanowires, nanotubes and their multifunctional applications. The opportunities for complementary studies of these materials at ISOLDE will be discussed, namely by using a dedicated electro deposition system developed during my recent CASS stay at ISOLDE.