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Nano Electronics and Photonics

NanoElectronics research is focussed on the continued evolution of massively parallel electronic architectures, which continue to be scaled down aggressively. A host of new materials and functionalities have joined this paradigm with ferroelectrics, spintronics, piezoelectrics, organic electronics, and non-Si semiconductors all reaping gains from nano-structured possibilities. While conventional fabrication is one route that it remains important to develop, many different tacks are now emerging: new semiconductor growth modes, exploitation of interface electronic states, printable devices, single quantum dot emitters, graphene nano-composites, magnetic nanowires, nanowire energy scavenging being just a few of research interest across Cambridge.

The research groups involved include: Electronic Devices and Materials (Engineering), Thin Film Magentism (Physics), Device Materials Group (Materials), Centre for Gallium Nitride (Materials), Microelectronics (Physics), Optoelectronics (Physics), Electron Microscopy (Materials), Graphene Research Centre (Engineering) and several others.

Nanophotonics is a research area of which the true potential has only just become evident, with confinement of light to the nanometre scale now demonstrated, but critically dependent on constructing systems with sub-nm control of spacings. This control is also critical in the area of quantum technologies, in which a number of our groups are pioneers, involving atoms, microcavities or quantum dots. Bio-inspired photonics is another strong area that is being developed at present. The research groups involved include: Nanophotonics Group (Physics), Vignolini Lab (Chemistry), Centre for Gallium Nitride (Materials), Semiconductor Physics (Physics), Electronic Devices and Materials (Engineering), Graphene Research Centre (Engineering), Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics (Physics) and several others.

Please contact our Nano Electronics and Photonics Theme Coordinator Dr. Hannah Joyce or our Teaching Fellow Dr. Karishma Jain to find out more about this theme.

Here is a list of Academics and students associated with this theme.

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Admissions for Oct 2020

Sep 03, 2019

We are now accepting applications for Oct 2020 entry. The deadline for the 1st review round is 3 Dec 2019. Some funding applications may be sooner. See www.nanodtc.cam.ac.uk/apply for more information.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists

Aug 09, 2019

Demelza Wright and Taylor Uekert, both cohort 2016 students, have featured in the Inspirational Scientist Video series put together by Cambridge University Press Education.

Call for Mini Project proposals

Jun 19, 2019

The NanoDTC invites Mini Project proposals from Cambridge Academics for its incoming c2019 cohort. Submission deadline is 11th Oct 2019.