Materials Growth and Processing

Our materials growth and processing research develops novel materials and processing methods directed towards applications in high-tech microelectronics, sensing, and sustainability, working in collaboration with key industrial and scientific partners.

About the Research Area

Novel materials coupled with precision processing techniques enable unique functional devices on sub-micron and nanometre length scales. The ability to work at the interface of materials growth and processing, and to utilise a wide variety of processing techniques, including non-equilibrium plasma methods, enables us to access a broad range of parameter space and to develop innovative new materials, composites and structures suited to specific applications. Our wide range of analysis and characterisation techniques provide us with detailed understanding of the scientific basis of the material and device behaviour and these techniques are designed to maximise their relevance to the high-tech manufacturing sector by replicating industrial conditions to give our work maximum impact.

Research Projects

Materials Growth and Processing Publications


Nucleation and adhesion of ultra-thin copper films on amino-terminated self-assembled monolayers. Bogan, J; Brady-Boyd, A; Armini, S; Lundy, R; Selvaraju, V; O’Connor, R. Applied Surface Science 2018

Investigation of nitrogen incorporation into manganese based copper diffusion barrier layers for future interconnect applications. Selvaraju, V; Brady-Boyd, A; O’Connor, R; Hughes, G; Bogan, J. Surfaces and Interfaces 2018

Synchrotron radiation study of metallic titanium deposited on dielectric substrates. Bogan, J; Selvaraju, V; Brady-Boyd, A; Hughes, G; O’Connor, R. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Nanotechnology and Microelectronics 2018

Mechanical properties of graphene oxide reinforced aluminium matrix composites. Dasari, B.L; Morshed, M; Nouri, J.M; Brabazon, D; Naher, S. Composites Part B: Engineering 2018

Cracks, microcracks, and fracture toughness of polymer composites: Formation, testing method, nondestructive detection, and modifications. Azmah Hanim, M.A; Brabazon, D; Hashmi, M.S.J. Failure Analysis in Biocomposites, Fibre-Reinforced Composites and Hybrid Composites 2018

Enhanced mechanical properties of in situ aluminium matrix composites reinforced by alumina nanoparticles. Afkham, Y; Khosroshahi, R.A; Rahimpour, S; Aavani, C; Brabazon, D; Mousavian, R.T. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 2018

Microstructural characterization of ball-milled metal matrix nanocomposites (Cr, Ni, Ti)-25 wt% (Al2O3np, SiCnp). Afkham, Y; Khosroshahi, R.A; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Brabazon, D; Kheirifard, R. Particulate Science and Technology 2018

Fabrication of A356-based rolled composites reinforced by Ni–P-coated bimodal ceramic particles. Kheirifard, R; Beigi Khosroshahi, N; Azari Khosroshahi, R; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Brabazon, D. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications 2018

Recent developments in surface science and engineering, thin films, nanoscience, biomaterials, plasma science, and vacuum technology. Mozetič, M; Vesel, A; Primc, G; Eisenmenger-Sittner, C; Bauer, J; Eder, A; Schmid, G.H.S; Ruzic, D.N; Ahmed, Z; Barker, D; Douglass, K.O; Eckel, S; Fedchak, J.A; Hendricks, J; Klimov, N; Ricker, J; Scherschligt, J; Stone, J; Strouse, G; Capan, I; Buljan, M; Milošević, S; Teichert, C; Cohen, S.R; Silva, A.G; Lehocky, M; Humpoliček, P; Rodriguez, C; Hernandez-Montelongo, J; Mercier, D; Manso-Silván, M; Ceccone, G; Galtayries, A; Stana-Kleinschek, K; Petrov, I; Greene, J.E; Avila, J; Chen, C.Y; Caja-Munoz, B; Yi, H; Boury, A; Lorcy, S; Asensio, M.C; Bredin, J; Gans, T; O’Connell, D; Brendin, J; Reniers, F; Vincze, A; Anderle, M; Montelius, L. Thin Solid Films 2018

Laser surface processing with controlled nitrogen-argon concentration levels for regulated surface life time. Obeidi, M.A; McCarthy, E; Brabazon, D. Optics and Lasers in Engineering 2018

Investigating the effect of the high power and high speed CO2 laser surface melting on the residual stresses and corrosion resistance of 316L stainless steel. Obeidi, M.A; McCarthy, E; Brabazon, D. AIP Conference Proceedings 2018

Voids in biocomposites and their hybrids. Azmah Hanim, M.A; Hashmi, M.S.J; Brabazon, D. Mechanical and Physical Testing of Biocomposites, Fibre-Reinforced Composites and Hybrid Composites 2018

Modelling and optimisation of single-step laser-based gold nanostructure deposition with tunable optical properties. Hughes, C; McCann, R; Eguileor, J; Bagga, K; Groarke, R; Regan, F; Brabazon, D. Optics and Laser Technology 2018

Experimental investigation of SF6-O2 plasma for advancement of the anisotropic Si etch process. Alshaltami, K.A; Morshed, M; Gaman, C; Conway, J; Daniels, S. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 2017

An evaluation of components manufactured from a range of materials, fabricated using PolyJet technology. Kent, N.J; Jolivet, L; O’Neill, P; Brabazon, D. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies 2017

Physical integrity of 3D printed parts for use as embossing tools. O’Neill, P; Jolivet, L; Kent, N.J; Brabazon, D. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies 2017

Controlled solvent vapor annealing of a high: χ block copolymer thin film. Lundy, R; Flynn, S.P; Cummins, C; Kelleher, S.M; Collins, M.N; Dalton, E; Daniels, S; Morris, M.A; Enright, R. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2017

Pronounced effects of oxygen growth pressure on structure and properties of ZnO and AZO films laser deposited on Zeonor polymer. Inguva, S; McGlynn, E; Mosnier, J.-P. Thin Solid Films 2017

Physical, chemical and electrical characterisation of the diffusion of copper in silicon dioxide and prevention via a CuAl alloy barrier layer system. Byrne, C; Brennan, B; Lundy, R; Bogan, J; Brady, A; Gomeniuk, Y.Y; Monaghan, S; Hurley, P.K; Hughes, G. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 2017

Graphene and derivatives – Synthesis techniques, properties and their energy applications. Dasari, B.L; Nouri, J.M; Brabazon, D; Naher, S. Energy 2017

Long-Term stability of mechanically exfoliated MoS2 flakes. Budania, P; Baine, P; Montgomery, J; McGeough, C; Cafolla, T; Modreanu, M; McNeill, D; Mitchell, N; Hughes, G; Hurley, P. MRS Communications 2017

Stir casting process for manufacture of Al–SiC composites. Soltani, S; Azari Khosroshahi, R; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Jiang, Z.-Y; Fadavi Boostani, A; Brabazon, D. Rare Metals 2017

Manufacturing of cast A356 matrix composite reinforced with nano- to micrometer-sized SiC particles. Mousavian, R.T; Khosroshahi, R.A; Yazdani, S; Brabazon, D. Rare Metals 2017

Microstructure and morphological study of ball-milled metal matrix nanocomposites. Afkham, Y; Khosroshahi, R.A; Kheirifard, R; Mousavian, R.T; Brabazon, D. Physics of Metals and Metallography 2017

Parametric study for graphene reinforced aluminum matrix composites production using Box Behnken design. Dasari, B.L; Nouri, J.M; Brabazon, D; Naher, S. AIP Conference Proceedings 2017

Nanoparticle functionalized laser patterned substrate: an innovative route towards low cost biomimetic platforms. Bagga, K; McCann, R; O’Sullivan, F; Ghosh, P; Krishnamurthy, S; Stalcup, A; Vázquez, M; Brabazon, D. RSC Advances 2017

Nanoparticle functionalization of laser textured polymer surfaces for chemical and biological speciation. McCann, R; Bagga, K; McCarthy, E; Groarke, R; Al-Hamaoy, A; Stalcup, A; Vázquez, M; Brabazon, D. Lasers in Engineering 2017