Nano and Hybrid Materials Laboratory

Nano and hybrid materials laboratory





The NHL was founded by Professor Oussama Moutanabbir who holds a faculty position and a Canada Research Chair at department of Engineering Physics of École Polytechnique de Montréal. Oussama obtained a Ph.D. degree in energy and materials sciences from Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-EMT). He then joined the department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics at Keio University in Japan as a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and later moved to Germany to take a position at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics where he stayed for nearly five years. Since 2009, he holds a joint appointment as an Invited Researcher at RIKEN Institute of Advanced Science in Japan.  His research is in materials physics and engineering encompassing fundamental scientific and industrial activities. His main work focuses on expanding the fundamental understanding of basic physical properties of a variety of semiconductor nanomaterials including nanomembranes, nanowires, superlattices, and quantum dots. Additionally, his group is also actively involved with major semiconductor companies in developing innovative integration processes to enable a variety of cost-effective and high-performance optoelectronic, photonic, photovoltaic, and electronic devices based on direct wafer bonding and ultrathin layer transfer technologies.




One of our very important missions is to create a stimulating working environment to attract outstanding students and help them establish their own creative skills. We strongly believe that training through research is an effective way to prepare students for industrial or academic careers by providing them with outlets for greater responsibility, creativity, and self-direction. Our research program offers our students the opportunity to undertake world-class, multidisciplinary research, to use approaches and experimental equipment that have never been mated heretofore, and to interact with researchers and engineers with diverse backgrounds and learn in the process the importance of precise meteorology in solving scientific and technological problems. This will help them gain a diversified training and enrich their interpersonal skills, which are highly needed in an increasingly global and multicultural scientific research.





The major objective of our research program is to establish collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and integrated research focusing on functional semiconductor nanomaterials. Towards this end, we have been developing innovative nanofabrication and integration methods to enable hybrid and nanoscale semiconductor structures with tailorable properties and novel or enhanced functionalities that exploit size-related effects as well as the flexibility in fabrication and design offered by nanomaterials and the concomitant progress in probing nanoscale phenomena. This research program encompasses two major complementary thrusts: (1) phonon and band gap engineering in group-IV semiconductor ultrathin films and nanostructures; and (2) compound semiconductors hybrid and flexible nanomaterials. This research strives for the highest impact in both fundamental scientific and technological implications of these systems. Harnessing nanoscale and quantum phenomena in the proposed systems creates valuable opportunities to achieve novel or enhanced functionalities with actual or potential impacts on nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, carbon-free energy conversion, and bio-integrated technologies.

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