Compositional Modulation and Elemental Distributions in Semiconductor Nanowires


This project is devoted to understand the growth-structure-property relationships in semiconductor nanowire heterostructures. Consequently, we will be able to grow high quality nanowire heterostructures suitable for various nanoelectronic, nanophotonic and nanooptoelectronic devices.


Associate Professor Rongkun Zheng

Research Location

School of Physics

Program Type



Semiconductor nanowire heterostructures are promising for nanoelectronic, nanophotonic and nanooptoelectronic devices due to their superior electrical and optical properties compared with other materials. Precise control over the composition and perfection of interfaces is required for the successful fabrication of high-performance devices. This project aims to understand the origin and nature of variations in composition and interfaces and to thereby improve the quality of nanowire heterostructures. By developing growth-structure-property relationships, we will be positioned to grow high-quality nanowire heterostructures suitable for various devices.

Additional Information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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physics, semiconductor, nanoscience, nanowire, nanoelectronic, nanophotonic, nanooptoelectronic, devices, optical devices, electrical devices, optoelectrical devices, heterostructures

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1633

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