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Physics Research Focus

A: Electronic Material and thin films.

  1. Research Activity
  •  Processing of semiconductor materials.
  • Processing and fabrication of Ohmic and Schottky contacts.
  • Introduction of defects during irradiation.
  • Thin film deposition by electron beam evaporation.
  • Electrical characterisation of the contact materials.
  • Current- voltage (I-V) and Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements.
  1. Research Projects

The following research projects are currently running.

Fabrication and Characterization of GaSb diodes for radiation detectors.
Electrical characterization of n-type silicon diodes semiconductor material doped with erbium particles.
Electrical characterization of solar cell fabricated using semiconductors.

B: Nano Material

 1. Research Activity

  •  Synthesis and characterization using Sol-gel method.
  • Characterization of structural and luminescence properties
  • Study the morphology of the samples using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
  • The structure of the prepared sample is studied using the x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique.
  • The expected elements within the samples are confirmed by elemental energy dispersive (EDS) analysis.
  • The average crystallite size of samples are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis

 2. Research Projects

The following research projects are currently running.

Synthesis and characterization of magnesium aluminate (MgxAl2O3+x) activated and co-activated with foreign ions.
Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of (BaxMg1-x)Al2O4 mixed spinel doped nanophosphor
Fabrication of XAl2O4 (X = MgZn) doped phosphor material.
Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of structural and luminescence properties of XAl2O4 (Zn0.5Ca0.5) doped with foreign atoms.
Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of MAl2O4 (M = Ca or Ba) activated with foreign atoms.
A Study of Luminescent Properties and Energy Transfer Mechanisms of XAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+, Mn2+ [X= BaxCa or CaxBa or Ba0.5Ca0.5] nanophosphors synthesized using citrate sol-gel method.
Synthesis and characterization of sr0.5x0.5al2o4 [x = zn or mg] activated with foreign ions using sol-gel and chemical bath deposition methods.

Latest publications

  1. M. J. Hato, T. E. Motaung, S. V. Motloung, L. F. Koao, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 0 (0) (2016) 1-10.
  2. S. V. Motloung, M. Tsega, F. B. Dejene, H. C. Swart, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, L. F. Koao, T. E. Motaung, M. J. Hato, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 677 (2016) 72-79.
  3. S. V. Motloung, F. B. Dejene, M. E. Sithole, L. F. Koao, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, H. C. Swart, T. E. Motaung, Journal of Electronic Materials 45 (10) (2016) 4796-4805.
  4. Lehlohonolo F. Koao, Birhanu F. Dejene, Hendrik C. Swart, Setumo V. Motloung, Tshwafo E. Motaung, Shanganyane P. Hlangothi, Adv. Mater. Lett. 2016, 7 (7), 529-535.
  5. F. Koao, B. F. Dejene, H. C. Swart, S. V. Motloung, T. E. Motaung, Optical Materials 60 (2016) 294-304.
  6. Nyathi, M.E Sithole. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Sciences. 2016; 16(5): 28-32.
  7. KM Mampana, SM Seeletse, EM Sithole. Problems and Perspectives in Management 2016; 14(1): 117-126.
  8. M Nyathi, E Sithole, O Ramafi. Iran J Nucl Med. 2016; 24(2): 114-119.
  9. Nyathi, M.E. Sithole. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Sciences. 2016; 16(5): 1-9.
  10. V. Motloung, F. B. Dejene, L. F. Koao, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, H. C. Swart, T. E. Motaung, O. M. Ndwandwe, Optical Materials 64 (2017) 26-32.
  11. V. Motloung, F. B. Dejene, R. E. Kroon, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, H. C. Swart, T. E. Motaung, Optik 131 (2017) 705-712.
  12. L. T. Melato, T. E. Motaung, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, S. V. Motloung, Optical Material 66 (2017) 319-326.
  13. S. V. Motloung, B. F. Dejene, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, H. C. Swart, R. E. Kroon,  Chemical Physics (2017)  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemphys.2017.02.009
  14. S.V. Motloung, B.F. Dejene, O.M. Ntwaeaborwa, H.C. Swart, R.E. Kroon, Chemical Physics (2017), doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.chemphys.2017.02.009.