Hood Chemistry Professor to Develop Spectrometer for National Institute of Standards and Technology

Grant-funded NIST research will take place during 2022-2023 academic year

Frederick, MD – Hood College Professor of Chemistry Christopher Stromberg has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a THz s-SNOM spectrometer for nanoscale device characterization. Research will take place during the 2022-23 academic year.

The grant, which was awarded in September of 2022, will center around the creation of an instrument with the ability to measure the electronic properties of semiconductors on a tens of nanometer length scale. The new instrument will be better suited to measuring the length scale of materials that make up modern semiconductors, including organic semiconductors.

Christopher Stromberg
Christopher Stromberg
“Semiconductors form the basis of all modern technology," said Stromberg. "Understanding the properties of advanced semiconductor materials will allow the development of technologies from better solar cells to flexible displays for electronic devices, so the range of possible applications is enormous.”

Developing an instrument that can measure these electronic properties on small length scales will allow for the development of semiconductor materials with properties tailored to particular applications, such as inside solar cells. Understanding the electronic properties of semiconductors on a nanometer length scale is critical to designing semiconductors for use in electronic devices.

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