Crystal islands that could halve time and cost of science experiments

QUT Centre for Materials Science researchers have found a way to grow crystal islands that could halve the time and cost of some science experiments.

Centre investigators Dr Vishakya Jayalatharachchi, Associate Professor Jennifer MacLeod and Associate Professor Josh Lipton-Duffin, also from the QUT School of Chemistry and Physics, published their findings in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

“We grew two different types of silver crystal islands on the same silicon surface and were able to simultaneously use them to investigate molecular adsorbates—molecules that we stick to the surface,” Associate Professor MacLeod said.

“It does better than cutting experimentation time in half and has the advantage of ensuring that our conditions are identical for two simultaneous experiments, removing uncertainty from interpretation.

“Our study focused on silver because it is so useful for surface science experiments, but it’s likely that we could see a similar result with other metals.”


Read the full media release here.