Laurene Tetard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics and Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida


2022 Experimental Physics Investigator

Laurene Tetard, Ph.D.
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Research Description

Laurene Tetard’s research aims to control the creation of nanoscale defects by light-matter interactions. Using the interaction of photons with sharp nanoscale tips, localized reactive environments will be created such as those required to break or create chemical bonds. This will leverage the research team’s expertise in scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Engineered nanoscale SPM tips together with new injection and sampling tools will be established to control the nanomanipulation of semiconducting materials such as atomically-thin two-dimensional materials. Nanoscale functional analysis will be used to monitor the evolution of physical and chemical properties of the host material while new, highly sensitive sensing capabilities will be developed to analyze the intermediate and final products of reactions released from the process. The end goal is to achieve a nanomanipulation tool equipped with in-situ monitoring of the processes for improved materials discovery.

Research Impact

The fundamental understanding gained from the nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy developments will elevate the nanomanipulation of semiconductor properties to tailor their behavior for targeted applications. In turn, patterning of nanoscale defects over large surfaces with high precision will improve device engineering and performances, for applications in catalysis, nanoelectronics, quantum science and beyond. Mastering injection, sampling and monitoring at the nanoscale will benefit other areas of science and engineering, and will accelerate material and material processing discoveries.


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PhD, Physics, University of Tennessee
MS, Physics, University of Burgundy
BS, Physics and Chemistry, University of Burgundy

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