A ERC Consolidator Grant for Ageeth Bol of the Plasma and Materials Processing Group

Ageeth Bol receives a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. Consolidator Grants are usually for around 2 million euros. Bol intends to develop a new technology for two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs). 2D-TMDs are a new kind of ultra-thin semiconductor material with surprising properties.

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs) are a new kind of ultra-thin materials with surprising properties, which makes them very promising materials for a vast new range of opto-electronic devices. Up to now 2D-TMDs are made primarily using the ‘Scotch tape’ technique, which was also used by the Nobel prize winner André Geim to make graphene. However this method has strong limitations. It produces only very small flakes of the 2D material.

Ageeth Bol, associate professor in the Plasma & Materials Processing group, therefore intends to develop new methods to produce large-area 2D-TMDs and derivates. A combination of atomic layer deposition and plasma chemistry will be used. She thinks that the new method may be a stepping stone towards industrial application of these new materials..