BGU's Prof. Guy Makov and Prof. J. Lee of Korea University will embark on a joint Korea-Israel research collaboration to develop experimental and theoretical methods for predicting the behavior of alloys at the nanoscale and under pressure. Specifically, they shall study these effects in the Gallium-Indium alloy system which shows great promise in the field of flexible electronics.
Metal alloys are common in a wide variety of environments and technological applications serving both in structural components (e.g. solders) and in functional elements (e.g. conductors). It is known that both applied pressure and reduction in size to the nano-scale affect the properties of alloys allowing new functionalities and innovative applications. Experimental determination of these effects is time and resource consuming and theoretical predictions are still under development.
Makov is a member of BGU’s Department of Materials Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology.
The research is supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, Israel & the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) Korea, awarded last month.