The New Way to Wire
There now is a new process for developing nanowires, silicon carbide (or SiC) nanowires to be exact, thanks to FSU's own Dr. Kasif Teker of the Department of Physics and Engineering, and intern Joseph Oxenham, who came up with a new synthesis technique to develop this type of nanowire over the summer at the campus's Nanotechnology Lab.Nanowires are found in many items like in nanoelectronics, field emission devices (like field emission display televisions), nanocomposites, and high temperature sensors. These nanowires are of different types and are formed through different processes. Adding to these processes is one that was developed right here at Frostburg State University.
Nanotechnology regards the development of operating systems on a molecular scale. These systems are developed entirely from scratch, "from the bottom up," as it were, via modern techniques and processes. Described as "high performance products," materials constructed of and with nanotechnologies are beneficial to many fields in the arenas of engineering and science. Nanowires, as anyone could guess, are associated with nanotechnology and are nanostructures. Having diameters equivalent to one nanometer (which equals one-billionth of a meter), these wires have "excellent" electrical mechanical properties and are able to produce blue-green lights, giving them the potential to be utilized as light-emitting products.
As stated, Dr. Teker and intern Oxenham created a new way to develop silicon carbide nanowires. When asked about the process he and Oxenham created, Teker responded, "The technique is based on the chemical vapor deposition method. I have designed a unique system for synthesizing SiC nanowires in a simple and reproducible way". The development of this process certainly was not the product of a fluke. This is understandable when Teker's 13 years of experience in the nanotechnology industry and from research labs are considered. The process came about deliberately and now contributes to the world of science.
Dr. Teker feels that while his development is extremely recent, for purposes of analysis more work should be done. Therefore, he will "continue to analyze these nanowires for their optical, electrical and mechanical properties". Teker aims to eventually use his nanowires as sensors in disease detection applications. He still is incredibly optimistic about his work. "I have been very busy establishing the Nanotechnology Lab since fall 2007 and now started to see fruits of the new lab. I see this as a seed for new and exciting projects," he said when asked how he felt about his accomplishment.
Presently, Dr. Teker is working on analyzing his nanowires with such characterization tools as the electron microscope and the atomic force microscope. He is also in the works of finding new funding so that he may begin new projects that would afford undergraduate students research opportunities.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
Recent The Bottom Line News Articles
Discuss This Article
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE BOTTOM LINE NEWS
RECENT THE BOTTOM LINE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses...
- Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
- As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients...
- 4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier
- Join the Force to Fight Lung Cancer in Women
- If You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems, Stop Slouching
- Common-Sense Strategies From a Natural Marketing Guru
- 10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
- Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on...
- Family-Friendly Programming Storms The Weather Channel
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- USA NETWORK AND VERIZON LAUNCH THE “CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR” COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS TO BRING A USA NETWORK CELEBRITY AND A WORTHY CAUSE TO THEIR CAMPUS
- WHEN GEORGIA SMILED: THE ROBIN MCGRAW REVELATION FOUNDATION TEAMS WITH PIVOT AND STUDENTS OF THE WORLD TO LAUNCH THE #iASPIRE GRANT CONTEST
- Latino Groups Launch National Campaign to Deliver Record Latino Turnout for 2014 Midterm Elections
- The Power of Peer Support: Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" Hits Campuses
- Cengage Learning and Flashnotes.com Form Strategic Partnership