On Wednesday 11th January 2017 representatives from the semiconductor industry joined us for our first Compound Semiconductor Open Day. The event provided a unique opportunity to meet researchers from the Centre for GaN Materials and Devices and the Advanced Detector Centre and network with delegates from across the UK.
Our experts shared research highlights and took delegates on a tour of our facilities to demonstrate that the University can deliver the full project life cycle for industry collaboration – from design, epitaxy, device fabrication and characterisation to testing. We showed that there are funding opportunities available for industrial collaboration, from kick-starting innovative projects to long-term partnerships.
Professor Chee Hing Tan, Director of the Advanced Detector Centre (ADC) introduced semiconductor research at Sheffield – the largest semiconductor research group in the UK. With over £24M of research income last year, semiconductor epitaxy facilities, two manufacturing hubs and being placed in the top 10 for Research Excellence in the UK The University of Sheffield provides exciting collaboration opportunities for the UK semiconductor industry.
The ADC aims to provide solutions for photon detection through development focused projects and translate fundamental research in detectors to prototypes and instrumentations. Professor Tan described the capabilities of the ADC and the group’s track record of successful industry partnerships.
Professor Tao Wang, Director of the Centre for GaN Materials and Devices, highlighted that the Centre has established internationally recognised expertise in the field of III-nitride semiconductors and devices, demonstrated by a strong publication record with a wide range of citations and features in major semiconductor magazines.
The Centre’s research covers an extensive range of III-nitrides topics, resulting in a number of leading achievements in both epitaxial growth and device fabrication in the fields of ultra-efficient solid-state lighting, ultra-fast response emitters for Li-Fi, ultra-fast optical switches, nano/micro lasers with ultra-low threshold, solar-powered devices, hybrid optoelectronic, flexible photonics and electronics, integration of photonics and electronics, etc. The centre has complimentary first-class facilities including two MOVPE epitaxial growth systems, comprehensive optical characterisation systems, device testing systems and device fabrication systems.
“From detectors and sensors to epitaxy this is an exciting area with lots of research income. We are investing in upgrading our facilities and in the next generation of staff through the appointment of early career researchers.” Geraint Jewell, Head of Department
The open day promoted the University’s dedicated support for research partnerships and the opportunities for collaboration available to any size of business – from work placements and PhDs to large-scale manufacturing projects. The University of Sheffield is committed to IP development and commercialisation and can offer expertise in EU funding, Innovate UK, bid writing and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – we also have our own Innovation, Impact and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) fund.
As part of the UK Compound Semiconductor Hub (which was established to boost the UK semiconductor industry), we are committed to enhancing the alignment of research at Sheffield with industrial needs and holding future events to strengthen links with the UK nitride industry.
To find out more about our research and opportunities for collaboration or to be part of our next open day please get in touch.