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Title:The applications for 3d inverse opal microstructures
Author(s):Kim, Tae Wan
Advisor(s):Braun, Paul V.
Department / Program:Materials Science & Engineerng
Discipline:Materials Science & Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):3-D Inverse Opal Microstructure
Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
Abstract:Three-dimensional micro structures have been great interest to many scientists due to their useful properties. In this thesis, I show some examples of these 3-D micro structures applications, and in particular 3-D inverse opal micro structures made using spherical colloidal nanoparticles as building blocks. Because the interactions between colloidal particles are well understood and they are easy to synthesize, they have been widely used to grow these 3-D periodic structures. This inverse opal micro structure can not only be used for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, but also it can be useful in designing a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The first chapter will demonstrate the properties of these colloidal particles and explain the fabrication process of 2-D and3-D colloidal microstructures. The second and third chapter will focus on the MEMS devices and a DSSC in order to show the potentials of these 3-D microstructures for various applications.
Issue Date:2011-05-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Tae Wan Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25
Date Deposited:2011-05

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