Research in the Winter laboratory is directed toward the design and development of precursors and processes for thin film growth by atomic layer deposition. The application of molecular orbital theory is coupled with experimental techniques to elucidate the electronic structure of novel complexes and understand their thermal properties. Promising compounds are evaluated by solution reactions and scouting depositions on a variety of substrates. Characterization of the resultant films affords a deeper understanding of the surface chemistry facilitating film growth. Our industrial collaborators provide insight toward emerging trends in the microelectronics arena, driving the direction of our research.
A second field of study is the synthesis and characterization of peroxo-based oxygen-rich compounds for potential use as new high energy-dense oxidizers. Academic collaborators complement our experimental work by modeling the energetic properties of these materials.