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Title: Role of nuclear sensors and positrons for engineering nano and microtechnologies.
Authors: Smith, SV
Keywords: Sensors
Semiconductor Devices
Particle Beams
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2010
Publisher: Institute of Physics
Citation: Smith, S. V. (2010). Role of nuclear sensors and positrons for engineering nano and microtechnologies. 12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques for Solids, Surfaces, Atoms and Molecules (SLOPOS12), 1st - 6th August 2010. All Seasons Resort: Magnetic Island, North Queensland, Australia. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 262(1), 012055.
Abstract: A sustainable nano-manufacturing future relies on optimisation of the design and synthetic approach, detailed understanding of structure/properties relationships and the ability to measure a products impact in the environment. This article outlines how bench-top PALS and nuclear techniques can be used in the routine analysis of a wide range of nanomaterials. Traditionally used in the semiconductor industry, PALS has proven to be useful not only in measuring porosity in polymeric materials but also in the monitoring of milling processes used to produce natural fibre powders. Nuclear sensors (radiotracers), designed to probe charge, size and hydrophilicity of nanomaterials, are used to evaluate the connectivity (availability) of these pores for interaction with media. Together they provide valuable information on structure/properties relationship of nanomaterials and insight into how the design of a material can be optimised. Furthermore, the highly sensitive nuclear sensors can be adapted for monitoring the impact of nanomaterials in vivo and the environment.
ISSN: 1742-6588
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