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Centre for Surfaces and Nanoanalytics (ZONA)
Hosting Legal Entity
Johannes Kepler University of Linz
Altenberger Str. 69, Linz, PO: 4040 (Austria)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2008
Scientific Description
ZONA is one of the physics departments of the University Linz, connected to the chair of Material Science. The two main objectives are1) to foster material science research: we put great emphasis on fundamental properties of materials, surfaces and interfaces rather than on applied science and product development. Naturally, application of materials is the ultimate goal, but this needs to be built on a firm theoretical basis so that improvements can be made more efficiently and reliably. Particular attention is thereforegiven to understanding a material’s behaviour from the atomic/nano-level via microstructure to macrostructure levels using advanced analytical techniques and computer modelling. This strategy is applied to both the improvement of conventional “bulk” materials, such as steel, and to new functional materials for increasingly smaller, “smarter” devices";2) acting as a mediator between basic research and applied material science, serving both the in-house (JKU) institutes as well as the interested Austrian (and European) companies. ZONA plays a primary role through support of interdisciplinary and interfacultary research, training and education through essential resources for electron- and ion beam micro- and nano-characterization of all kind of advanced materials, as well as analysis techniques for surfaces and interfaces. We serve in-house (University Linz) physics and chemistry departments with advanced analytical techniques and know-how, but we also cooperate in strategic projects with local and European industries.

RI Keywords
Surface-analytics, Ion beam modification, Electron spectroscopy, Optical spectroscopy, Electron microscopy, Nano-analytics
RI Category
Electrical and Optical Engineering Facilities
Micro- and Nanotechnology facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Nanoanalytics and Surface analytics

Material research and material development specifically focused on surface science and nanoanalytics. The listed equipment is used to measure chemical (e.g. composition and charging), electrochemical, topological (e.g. surface steps, roughness), electrical (e.g. conductivity), optical (e.g. dielectric functions, luminescence centers) and mechanical properties for different material classes, from metals to semiconductors, polymers and ceramics.

Date of last update: 09/02/2017
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