Thin Films


Thin film technology is the process of depositing and characterizing functional material layers on a substrate. Metal-oxides, nitrides, and carbides exhibit an amazing range of functional properties, such as superconducting, colossal magnetoresistance, ferroelectricity, multiferroicity, high hardness and strength. These films are often grown epitaxially on single crystal substrates, which control the crystallographic order of the epitaxial films. As a result, epitaxial films are routinely used as active layers to build high-performance electronic and optical devices. We study the synthesis, microstructure, and physical properties of thin films for applications in superconductors, magnetism, optoelectronics, catalysts, photovoltaic solar cells, and batteries.





Dr. Hongmei Luo

Associate Dean of Research in the College of Engineering and Luke Barry Shires Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: JH 254
Phone: (575) 646-4204

Educational Background:
Ph. D.,  Chemical Engineering, Tulane University (2006)
B.S., Chemistry, Fuyang Normal University, China (1992)



Student Activities:


  • Di Huang, Qi Zhou, Christopher Catanach, Hongmei Luo, "Polymer-assisted deposition Li(Ni,Co,Mn)O2 thin films," MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, April 2-6, 2018 (poster).
  • Qi Zhou, Alexandra P. Hartman, Hongmei Luo, Stefan Zollner, "Spectroscopic ellipsometry of NiO and Co3O4 thin films with different orientations grown on SrTiO3 substrates by polymer-assisted deposition," APS Four Corner Meeting, Las Cruces, October 21-22, 2016 (poster).
  • Q. Lin, Y. Li, B. Patterson, H. M. Luo, "A polymer-assisted Hydrothermal Approach to Titanium Dioxide Thin Films," J. Chem. Process Engineer. 1:103 (2014).