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Brendan Sheehan - Researcher

Brendan Sheehan

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brendan.sheehan (at) tyndall (dot) ie

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Brendan received a B.Sc. degree in Experimental Physics and a Ph.D. in astronomical instrumentation from NUI Galway in 2004 and 2009, respectively. After his Ph.D. degree, he continued in the field of astronomy as an Instrument Scientist carrying a number of field trips to Spain, Italy and LaPalma, Canary Islands with a travelling Optical Polarimeter (Galway Astronomical Stokes Polarimeter). 

In 2011, he joined Tyndall National Institute in Cork working in the area of semiconductor research where initially he took the lead in the automation of electrical test equipment and data processing. Later was part of a research team investigating the electrical properties of high-k dielectrics, 2D materials, dichalcogenides materials – both thin-films and nanowires for non-volatile memory applications. Brendan currently works within the electron microscopy analysis facility (EMAF) where the group provides services to industry and research for semiconductor device and material characterisation. Services include High Resolution Imaging of micro and nano devices, analysis of material surfaces and interfaces, investigating contamination, structural and material defects in material systems. 

Daily duties

- Examining material interfaces, defects, impurities, morphology – roughness, feature heights
- Sample preparation (FIB) for analysis: Si, Ge, Oxides, Nanostructures, Metals: Ti, Au, Al, Fe, Pt 
- Coordinating with customers and providing relevant paperwork - Quotations, PO's, Invoices. 
- Working with clients on a group or individual bases to meet project requirements
- Interacting with research groups and providing technical expertise – explanation of TEM data
- Providing training in the use of laboratory instruments and procedures (ISO 9001)
- Use of FEI instruments and EDX analysis software (AZtec – Oxford Instruments)


Analysis methods include

- Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
- Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX)

Instrument experience

- JEOL JEM-2100 Plus Transmission Electron Microscope
- FEI Helios nanolab 600 Dualbeam FIB/SEM
- FEI Quanta 3D 200i Dualbeam FIB/SEM
- FEI Single beam with EDX SEM

Research - ASCENT Project 

Brendan works as a researcher for Tyndall in the Joint Research Activity between IMEC, CEA-LETI and Tyndall. Check out the following link for further details

- http://www.ascent.network/

Outreach

While working at Tyndall Brendan has also taken part in teaching and outreach activites - developed a teaching module for transition year students. This was aimed at providing a hand-on experience using industry tools for electrical characterisation. Topics relevant to the Leaving Certificate Physics course are examined – diode, transistor and solar energy.