New Surface Characterization Capability for UW Student Research
UW Clean Energy Institute
We request funding to purchase a scanning Kelvin probe with photoemission capability, to be housed and provided to students in the UW Clean Energy Institute’s Research Training Testbed in the nanoES building. Currently, no similarly capable equipment is available. A Kelvin probe would strengthen student research across several disciplines, provide new and enriching options for new curriculum development, and enable new student-led discoveries. There is strong UW student involvement in research fields that depend on the electrical and electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces, whether in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and beyond. Additionally, electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces is a significant part of undergraduate and graduate education in those disciplines.