On 14 April 2019, IAPME has joined the UM Open Day and has attracted many visitors who are interested in applied physics and materials science to visit N23 Research Building.  In addition to enquiries on our programmes, visitors were also curious about our two laboratory demonstrations which were carried out to show their actual application in daily life.  The first one is “Sherlock Holmes’ Microscopic World” in which traces will be presented perfectly.  Some micro-traces, such as hair, pollen, special element and algae, require detection by electron microscopes.  Detectives use those traces as a cogent evidence to track down criminal cases.  Electron microscope is a super magnifier with magnification power up to several hundred thousand fold.  The second one is “The Vibrating Atoms” which demonstrated the application of the Raman technique in drug analysis and mineral identification.  Raman is a very powerful non-destructive spectroscopic analytical technique which is based on vibrations from atoms and molecules.  This technique has a wide range of applications.

 

In addition, the latest research achievement of IAPME were displayed and visitors expressed profound interest to the innovative technology involved.

The novel oleogel developed by IAPME has excellent mechanical strength, large deformability, perfect recoverability, and good thermal durability. It has great potential in various fields, such as wearable electronics, biosensors, biomedical electrodes, and medical patches.

Highly efficient and stable metal halide perovskite solar cell can be produced with low-temperature solution method, which has significant cost advantage in comparison to silicon based solar cell while achieving light-to-electricity power conversion efficiency comparable to that of single crystal silicon solar cell.

Quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) is considered as the next generation solid state lighting technology, which can deliver more realistic vision experience than current organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. The QLED array developed by IAPME has great potential for full-color lighting and display.

Economical and environmental friendly biofoam shows highly efficient photocatalytic activity in converting toxic chromium(VI) compounds into non-hazardous chromium (III) compounds for repeatable industrial wastewater treatment.

 

Through the Open Day activities, visitors “opened” their eyes and realized how physics and materials science have been around in their daily life.