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Customer Application Spotlight: Driving Adoption of Unique MAPLE Deposition Techniques at Duke University

We’re continuing our series of customer spotlight blogs that highlight the work our customers do and their unique thin film applications. In this post, we’re showcasing the thin film deposition work of Dr. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. Dr. Stiff-Roberts and graduate students Spencer Ferguson and Tomas Barraza use a commercial Resonant IR Matrix Assisted Puled Laser Deposition (RIR-MAPLE) system from PVD Products in their work at Duke, which focuses primarily on thin film deposition of organic and hybrid materials. We spoke with the three of them to learn more about the strides they are making in Resonant IR Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation.
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It’s All in the Delivery: The Evolution of Combinatorial Deposition

To close out 2018, we exhibited at the Fall Materials Research Society conference. As we usually do during the show, we took time to attend technical talks. Knowing the course that research is taking helps us to best meet the needs of researchers. Besides, the discoveries themselves are fascinating to take in! We’re reviewing what we learned and building on that knowledge as we kick off 2019. They say it’s all in the delivery—and this is becoming truer of combinatorial deposition. The relative flux of the sputtered components is not the only determinant of the properties and performance of a combinatorial candidate material. Two of the talks we attended brought this point home:
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