Publication Date

12-2015

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

10-19-2015

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

Major Advisor

David Estrada, Ph.D.

Advisor

Kurtis Cantley, Ph.D.

Advisor

Ashkan Behnam, Ph.D.

Advisor

Elton Graugnard, Ph.D.

Abstract

While interest in two-dimensional materials has exploded in recent years, the high cost of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems can act as a barrier to entry for some researchers interested in studying these materials. This thesis presents an open-source design for an automated CVD that can be built for a fraction of the cost of similarly capable commercial systems and that can easily be customized and expanded.With a CVD built as described,growth of high quality graphene and graphene foam is demonstrated.These results highlight the flexibility of the open-source design in producing a variety of nanomaterials, which are at the forefront of research in emerging semiconductor devices, bionanotechnology, and energy storage and conversion.

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