Noon Seminar

David McIlroy, Professor and Department Chair Department of Physics, University of Idaho will present a noon-hour seminar on Monday, May 7, entitled: Progress on Coating Engineering of Nanosprings and Corresponding Applications

Location: Metolius Room, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute
Seminar Host: Goran Jovanovic, OSU (Tel. 541-737-3614)

Progress on Coating Engineering of Nanosprings and Corresponding Applications

The key to the development of new and emerging applications of nanosprings is driven by advances in coatings engineering. Nanosprings should be viewed as scaffolding upon which complex heterostructures can be constructed. This presentation will provide an overview of coatings consisting of metal oxides, metal nanoparticles, biomolecules, and combinations thereof. The applications include catalysis (Fisher-Tropsch), explosive sensing, biosensing and cell culturing. For the majority of the applications, the morphology of the coating can be optimized to achieve superior properties relative to tradition thin film coatings. A review of the effects of morphology, electronic structure, and other aspects of the coatings, will be presented. They will also be discussed in the context of the aforementioned applications. Lastly, a review of the pros and cons of using nanosprings will be discussed.


Dr. McIlory received his PhD in Physics in 1993 from the University of Rhode Island. He spent three years as a postdoc in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1996 he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of Idaho. He is currently Professor and Chair of the department. His research focuses on the physical, electrical and surface properties of 1-dimensional nanostructures and their technological applications.