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The Center for Materials Research and Technology

The Center for Materials Research and Technology (MARTECH) was established at Florida State University in 1985 by the Florida legislature as a multi-disciplinary program to promote education and research at the frontiers of materials science, and encompasses the research efforts of 31 faculty in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and related fields. The collaborative effort between researchers from the various departments sharing common interests in materials science greatly enhances the scope of our research. MARTECH experimental activity is augmented by a very strong effort in understanding the theoretical basis for material properties. In addition, MARTECH members have many strong collaborations with researchers at other institutions.

MARTECH is closely connected to the Physics Department and it supports physics graduate students for their Ph.D. work. The center is located on the 4th floor of the Keen Bldg. (Physics building) at FSU.

Both basic research and its applications are stressed in the work carried out by MARTECH. Specifically, we try to enhance the ability to produce and investigate new materials with novel structural, chemical, magnetic, and/or optical properties with the long term goal of discovering systems suitable for exploitation by industry, thereby promoting industrial-academic ties. A strong component of MARTECH is the maintenance of state-of-the-art instruments for general research use. The continuing mission of MARTECH involves both fundamental and applied studies into novel structures and compositions of matter.



research at MARTECH


The quality of materials research studies is often governed by the ability to synthesize high quality materials. The materials synthesized in MARTECH labs range from nanoparticles to magnetic oxide superlattices and rare-earth hard magnet thin films.

Thin films of metals, insulators, semiconductors and superconductors are fabricated by laser ablation, evaporation, sputtering, and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. A molecular beam epitaxy machine produces high quality modulated structures of magnetic, insulator and/or metallic constituents. Polymer fibers and sheets with controlled electrical and optical properties are synthesized. Liquid crystals of DNA and related macromolecular systems are made and studied.

In addition, instrumentation includes a focused ion beam source and a scanning tunneling microscope for writing nanoparticles on lines.



Extensive facilities exist for the characterization of material properties. These include AC susceptometry, SQUID magnetometry, resistivity, X-ray with low angle diffraction, ESCA, SEM, STEM and associated EDAX, and NMR, and equipment for sample characterization in magnetic fields to 14T. Fourier transform spectroscopy for both routine measurements and low temperatures and high magnetic fields is also available. In addition, a STM-AFM-MFM instrument is available for surface studies on the atomic scale

Linda Hirst
David M. Lind
Efstratios Manousakis
Hon Kie Ng
Per Arne Rikvold
Shahid A. Shaheen
David Van Winkle
Stephan von Molnár
Peng Xiong

Find more information about MARTECH at:
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