MIT EECS - Qualcomm Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Unique Block Copolymer Systems for Self-Assembly of Complex, Controllable, and Functional Nanostructures
Karl K. Berggren
Directing the self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) has been widely investigated for generating useful nanoscale patterns. Such patterns hold potential in many nanotechnology-related applications, including integrated circuits manufacturing. Critical to the advancement of this directed self-assembly is the development of methods for controlling the microdomain patterns in BCP thin films. By exploring several unique and complex BCP systems, my work will aim to produce several new methods for increased control of BCP microdomain assembly. Investigated polymer systems will include binary blends of BCPs and also BCPs containing a semiconducting, rigid block.
I have worked under Prof. Karl K. Berggren at MIT on templated self-assembly of diblock copolymers for nanoscale pattern generation. Under Prof. Carol Livermore, I collaborated in work directed towards designing a magnetic, self-tuned energy harvester. I have worked with and learned from a visiting graduate student from the National University of Singapore.