The goal of the project is to characterize the effects of surface roughness of copper substrates before and after the synthesis of graphene by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The first part of the study will focus on the effects and parameters of electropolishing by rotating disk electrode to improve the surface roughness. The second part of the study will focus on optimizing CVD growth conditions to minimize surface roughening and provide high quality graphene synthesis. Surface characterization, at minimum, will be performed by optical and atomic force microscopy (AFM) before polishing, after polishing, and after CVD growth.
Lab: Hone Lab
Direct Supervisor: Christopher DiMarco
Position Dates: 5/14/2018 - 8/31/2018
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: Electrochemistry, atomic force microscopy
Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; SEAS only