Robbie Research Group

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Nanoengineered Coating Facility and Robbie Research lab

  • Metal evaporation in the Robbie Research lab

    Metal evaporation in the Robbie Research lab

  • Cross section of silicon and titanium thin film

    Cross section of silicon and titanium thin film, Robbie Research group.

  • Thermionic emission during tantalum evaporation

    Bright thermionic emission during tantalum evaporation, Robbie Research lab.

  • Installation of new energy analyzer, Robbie Research lab.

    Installation of new energy analyzer, Robbie Research lab.

  • Cross section of GLAD fabricated thin film, Robbie Research lab.

    Cross section of GLAD fabricated thin film, Robbie Research lab.

 
 
An interdisciplinary group of physicists, engineers and materials scientists, the Robbie research team studies the movement of atoms and develops state-of-the-art thin film coatings. We explore design, fabrication and new processes for nanocoatings using PVD techniques and advanced process control (including robotics).
 
Research topics include: 
  • solar materials
  • optics
  • fractal growth 
  • GLAD (glancing angle deposition) 
  • self-assembly  
  • chiral materials 
  • advanced manufacturing
  • energy storage
  • semiconductor fabrication 
  • hybrids and liquid crystals 
  • security
 
We are located on the first floor of Stirling Hall, in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy on Queen's Campus in Kingston, Ontario. The cleanroom features three vacuum fabrication chambers and a full suite of characterization equipment including a FE-SEM (field emission scanning electron microscope), EDS, EBSD, optical microscopy, ellipsometry (Woolam VASE), spectrophotometer, XPS, and UV.