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DRIVE : Diamond Research on Interfaces for Versatile Electronics (MRTN-CT-2004-512224)

This project is funded by a Marie Curie Research Training Network and involves collaboration between nine European Universities, two research institutes and one company. DRIVE will focus on the structural and electronic properties of interfaces and heterostructures based on diamond. It has been widely recognized that, because of its unique and extraordinary properties, diamond could eventually become the ultimate electronic material. In all the present concepts of diamond-based electronic devices interface and surface properties play a major role.

In the departments of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Warwick we are involved in spectroscopic and scanning probe investigations of the optical, electronic and electrochemical properties of diamond. Attention is focused on the bulk and surface defects that control the electrical properties by the trapping or scattering of carriers, and the electrochemical activity of diamond. Our goal is to improve the fundamental understanding of the processes which determine the electronic and electrochemical performance of diamond. An extensive range of spectroscopic, electrical, electrochemical and scanning probe characterisation techniques are available in the departments of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Warwick. It is the combination of non-destructive spectroscopic techniques with true in-situ electrical and electrochemical measurements that promise to enable major breakthroughs.

If you are interested or have any comments about this research project at Warwick then please contact Mark Newton (