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ECS Short Courses


Washington, DC | Sunday, October 7, 2007

Short Course #1
Electrodeposition of Magnetic Materials: Technology, Applications, and Characterization

S. Brankovic (U. of Houston)
G. Zangari (U. of Virginia)

This course aims to provide the attendees with a theoretical and working knowledge on the electroplating of magnetic materials and on the characterization of materials and processes in the context of various applications.

1. Introduction (G. Zangari)

  • Fundamentals of applied magnetism
    • Ferromagnetism: phenomenology and definition of terms
    • Ferromagnetic materials and their magnetic properties
    • Control of magnetic properties in magnetic films and patterns
    • Characterization of magnetic materials, structures and films
      • Magnetic characterization techniques
      • Structural characterization techniques
  • Technological applications
    • Magnetic recording
    • Magnetic Sensors
    • Magnetic MEMS
    • Biomedical applications
    • Nanotechnology with magnetic materials

2. Electrodeposition of Magnetic Materials: Fundamental Aspects (S. Brankovic)

  • Electrodeposition of pure 3d metals: Fe, Co, Ni
  • Electrodeposition of mutual alloys
    • Anomalous codeposition
  • Electrodeposition of alloys containing the 3d metals
  • Induced codeposition
    • Alloys of 3d metals with phosphorous and boron
    • Alloys of 3d metals with tungsten and molybdenum
  • Use and effect of additives on the electrodeposition and properties of magnetic materials
  • Electrochemical Characterization in the electrodeposition of magnetic materials

3. Electrodeposition of Soft Magnetic Materials: Technological Aspects (S. Brankovic)

  • Electrodeposition of Permalloy
  • Electrodeposition of mutual alloys of the 3d metals
  • Electrodeposition of amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys
  • Electrodeposition of micro- and nano-structures for recording heads applications
  • Magnetic field sensors and field concentrators
  • Microfabricated transformers

4. Electrodeposition of Hard Magnetic Materials: Technological Aspects (G. Zangari)

  • Electrodeposition of hard magnetic alloys
  • Electrodeposition of thin film media
  • Electrodeposition of patterned media
  • Electrodeposition of three-dimensional high aspect ratio structures
  • Permanent micromagnets and applications


About the Instructors

Stanko R. Brankovic is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Nanomagnetic Systems, at the University of Houston. He obtained his BS in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Belgrade (1994) and his PhD in science and engineering of materials from Arizona State University (1999). Prior to joining the U. Houston in 2005, Dr. Brankovic spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory (2000-2001) and 4 years as a research staff member at Seagate Research Center in Pittsburgh (2001-2005). Dr. Brankovic's scientific interest is directed toward a better understanding of the physical and chemical processes occurring at the electrochemical interface and their use to produce the nanomaterials and nanostructures with novel functionality and application. The multidisciplinary nature of his research involves the areas of Sensors, Magnetic Materials, Thin Films, Electrocatalysis and Electrochemical Nanofabrication. He is co-author of 25 papers and 3 patents. Dr. Brankovic is active member of ECS and the Materials Research Society.

Giovanni Zangari is currently the Heinz and Doris Wilsdorf Distinguished Research professor and an associate professor in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. He holds a Laurea (Master of Science equivalent) in Nuclear Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy, 1991) and a Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy, 1995). After post-doctoral work in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University, he became an assistant (1998) and then associate (2002) professor in the Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama. There, he has been strongly involved with the Center for Materials for Information Technology.

His current research interests include the synthesis of thin films and nanostructures, mainly by electrochemical methods, with a particular interest in magnetic materials and their applications to magnetic recording and devices. He is also interested in the study of surface modification and nanostructuring by electrochemical methods, and in the fundamental understanding of phenomena at the interface solid/electrolyte, with a focus on electrochemical deposition and electrocatalysis. He is co-author of more than 100 technical papers on international journals, 50 publications in conference proceedings, and 4 patents. He is a member of ECS, where he also serves as a member-at-large of the of the Electrodeposition Division Executive Committee.

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