Ulrich Buttner

Lab Managers

Lab Manager of the New Microfluidics Thrust Area Lab & Researcher


My current research interests are in SQUID Superconductor thin film technology, thin film deposition of novel nanostructures of  ZnO nano rods and their Piezo electric effects and integrating this technology into MEMS structures, using sputtered thin film layers on membrane technology and integrate the photo catalytic effect of TiO2 to improve bio-fouling and membrane clogging.

Research Interests

Another of my interests is using the electro-spinning technique to generate TiO2 crystalline structures for photo catalysis. Also interested the integration of this technology into super-capacitors, nano filters and combine this technology into solar cells. Generally thin film technology, either via PLD, sputter techniques, PVD and CVD is the field I am most familiar with.

Selected Publications

  • E Smit, U Bűttner, RD Sanderson.“ Continuous yarns from electro spun fibers”.  Polymer ,2005,46, 2419‑2423.
  • H.A.C. de Villiers, U. Bűttner, V.V. Srinivasu, and W.J. Perold,” Fabrication of bi-epitaxial grain boundary Josephson junctions by PLD using a pulsed oxygen source”, EBASI-2007 proceedings, to be published in African Physical Reviews, 2007.
  • Co-author on chapter three of “Nanofibers and nanotechnology in textiles”, edited by P.J. Brown and K Stevens, published by Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2007.
  • W.F. van Staden, Ulrich Bűttner, V.V. Srinivasu and W.J. Perold” A novel buffered high-Tc superconducting step-edge Josephson junction”, Superconductor Science And Technology.2007, 20, S419- S425.
  • A.A.O. Elkaseh, U. Büttner, M. Meincken, G.L. Hardie, V.V. Srinivasu and W.J. Perold,” Nanoplough Constrictions on Thin YBCO Films Made with Atomic Force Microscopy, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2007, 7, 1 – 2.
  • G. L. Hardie, U. Büttner, and W. J. Perold, “The Enhancement of Superconducting YBCO Thin Films by Electric Field Application During Deposition”, (IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity) , 2009,19, 3387-3390


MSc Eng Electronic Engineering (Stellenbosch)


Chancellors award for outstanding achievement in 2010

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • Stellenbosch University E & E Department, SAND group
  • University of the Western Cape Chemistry Department, Nano Materials Group
  • CSIR Stellenbosch
  • University Of The Western Cape, Mechanical Engineering Department, Materials research on PGM materials .