Investigates fundamental mechanisms of thin-film growth using various
thermal and plasma deposition methods; develops instrumentation to
investigate growth processes in situ and in real time in hostile
Emphasizes role of defects and impurities in growth, characterization
of local atomic mechanisms involved in kinetics of growth, and
theoretical studies of the growth process.
Designs and develops novel film structures and combinations of
materials at the nanoscale; growth processes for semiconductors at the
nanoscale; magnetic thin films, carbon nanotubes, and multi-layer
films on polymers.