Facilities

New Horizons Building

The McNeill research group is housed in purpose-built research laboratories in the New Horizons building, a platform for excellence in future manufacturing research and teaching.

Our labs house equipment for the fabrication and characterisation of organic solar cells and organic field-effect transistors. In particular, our research space features a large, open-plan wet-bench chemistry area with equipment for substrate cleaning and preparation (including an oxygen plasma cleaner and spin-coater):

Nitrogen glove-box with integrated evaporator for OPV and OFET fabrication:

Device characterisation lab with OPV characterisation suite (solar simulater, EQE):

Bench-top glove box with probe-station for OFET characterisation:

In addition to the facilities available on the Clayton Campus of Monash University, our research takes advantage of national infrastructure located in the Monash University precinct.

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) is the Victorian Node and headquarters of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. The MCN has an additional glove-box evaporation system for the fabrication of organic semiconductor devices as well as facilities for photolithography and e-beam lithography.

Australian Synchrotron

The Australian Synchrotron is the national research centre for synchrotron science, producing highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays used for a wide variety of research purposes. Of interest to organic semiconductor research are the soft x-ray and SAXS/WAXS beamlines for NEXAFS spectroscopy and grazing incidence wide-angle x-ray scattering (GIWAXS) measurements. These two techniques are invaluable in providing information about the structure of organic semiconductor thin-films.