Orlando Auciello

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Most MEMS devices are currently based on silicon because of the available surface machining technology. However, Si has poor mechanical and tribological properties which makes it difficult to produce high performance Si based MEMS devices that could work reliably, particularly in harsh environments; diamond, as a superhard material with high mechanical(More)
Understanding the suppression of ferroelectricity in perovskite thin films is a fundamental issue that has remained unresolved for decades. We report a synchrotron x-ray study of lead titanate as a function of temperature and film thickness for films as thin as a single unit cell. At room temperature, the ferroelectric phase is stable for thicknesses down(More)
Surfaces of materials that promote cell adhesion, proliferation, and growth are critical for new generation of implantable biomedical devices. These films should be able to coat complex geometrical shapes very conformally, with smooth surfaces to produce hermetic bioinert protective coatings, or to provide surfaces for cell grafting through appropriate(More)
A hard, low-wear probe for contact-mode writing techniques, such as dip-pen nanolithography (DPN), was fabricated using ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD). Molding within anisotropically etched and oxidized pyramidal pits in silicon was used to obtain diamond tips with radii down to 30 nm through growth of UNCD films followed by selective etching of the(More)
Precise control of composition and microstructure is critical for the production of (Ba x Sr 1-x)Ti 1+y O 3+z (BST) dielectric thin films with the large dependence of permittivity on electric field, low losses, and high electrical breakdown fields that are required for successful integration of BST into tunable high frequency devices. Here we review recent(More)
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Here we introduce angle-resolved piezoresponse force microscopy ͑AR-PFM͒, whereby the sample is rotated by 30° increments around the surface normal vector and the in-plane PFM phase signals are collected at each angle. We obtained the AR-PFM images of BaTiO 3 single crystal and cube-on-cube epitaxial ͑001͒ BiFeO 3 ͑BFO͒ thin film on SrRuO 3 / SrTiO 3(More)
Dielectric properties of hydrogen-incorporated chemical vapor deposited diamond thin films" (2007). Abstract Diamond thin films with a broad range of microstructures from a ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) form developed at Argonne National Laboratory to a microcrystalline diamond (MCD) form have been grown with different hydrogen percentages in the(More)
Systematic studies are presented on the effects of cantilever buckling in vector piezoresponse force microscopy ͑V-PFM͒ imaging of polarization domains in thin-film based ͑001͒-oriented BiFeO 3 nanostructures, as observed through the coupling of out-of-plane and in-plane PFM images. This effect is a strong function of the laser spot position on the(More)
–Atom-probe tomography (APT) is currently the only analytical technique that, due to its spatial resolution and detection efficiency, has the potential to measure the carbon isotope ratios of individual nanodiamonds. We describe three different sample preparation protocols that we developed for the APT analysis of meteoritic nanodiamonds at sub-nm(More)