Agnitron Technology announced today the start of a collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL). The partnership will span 9 months beginning in September 2012 and will focus on polarization doping of ZnO. ZnO has received great scrutiny for semiconductor applications due to its tremendous material properties including: direct and wide bandgap, large exciton binding energy, strong electroluminescence and excellent thermal conductivity. However, due to the inability to stably p-type dope the material it has been limited in its applications as a semiconductor. Polarization doping shows some possibility for creating functional heterojunctions in this material.
UCF Associate Professor, Winston Schoenfeld, is leading the effort for CROEL. Professor Schoenfeld is also the Director of the Solar Technologies Research Division at the Florida Solar Energy Center.