Nano Group, University of Southampton

Nano Group

Projects in the Nano Group

The research projects in the Nano group cover a diverse range of subjects, specific information about the general research areas can be found on the research pages.

Active projects

A MEMS Based Electrostatic Levitation and Control System for Target Delivery Applications

Principle investigators: mk1, is2, clc06r.

The aim of this project is to levitate and manipulate micromachined objects of various sizes and shapes using electrostatic fields. The project is part of a multidisciplinary EPSRC project that aims...

Antireflective surfaces by Nanosphere Lithography

From 2007.

Principle investigators: pjs05r, [hidden].

Inspired by nature's highly - evolved technique of producing antireflection in the eyes and wings of some species of moth, densely-packed pillars with heights and spacings of approximately 200 nm are...

Applications development for the Helium Ion Microscope

From 2012.

Principle investigators: Stuart Boden, [hidden], Professor Harvey N Rutt, hm2.

The emerging field of helium ion microscopy (HIM) is rapidly establishing itself as a valuable surface imaging technique, capable of generating images exhibiting sub-nm resolution and a high depth of...

Biomimetic Nanostructured Surfaces for Antireflection in Photovoltaics

From October 2004.

Principle investigators: sab04r, [hidden], pjs05r.

The eyes and wings of some species of moth are covered in arrays of densely-packed pillars with heights and spacings of approximately 200 nm. These structures introduce a grading in the effective...

Development of a Low Acutation Voltage RF MEMS Switch

Principle investigators: Kian S Kiang, mk1, Dr Harold MH Chong.

Many investigations have been directed at reducing the operating actuation voltage of RF MEMS switches. One of the possible solutions is through the reduction of the mechanical spring constant of the...

Fast charging for supercapacitor banks

Principle investigators: William Redman-White, Rares Bodnar.

This project is concerned with rapid charging of supercapacitors as an alternative energy source to Li-Ion for portable appliacance that require high load current. The charger must operate from the...

Formation of Artificial Lipid Bilayers using Droplet Dielectrophoresis

Principle investigators: sa05r, Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Nicolas Green.

We developed a new method for formation of artificial bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) by the controlled, electrical manipulation of aqueous droplets immersed in a lipid-alkane solution. Droplet...

Impedance spectroscopy for label-free cell analysis

Impedance Cytometer setup and data showing a full blood count performed using the system.

Principle investigators: dh2, Professor Hywel Morgan.

Impedance spectroscopy (IS) represents a powerful label-free method for cell analysis. The technique allows quantitative measurement of the inherent electrical and dielectric properties of cells;...

Influence of 2D chirality on the transmission and diffraction from asymmetric dielectric gratings

Peano-Gosper fractals. The grey image is the frabricated nanostructure. Also shown is the diffraction pattern and that of its enantiomer.

From October 2005.

Principle investigators: ap, [hidden].

This project is seeking to explore the effects of two-dimensional (2D) chirality on the light-matter interaction for optical nanomaterials composed entirely of lossless dielectric materials. These...

Integrated flow-cytometer on chip for in situ particle counting and sampling

From 2008.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Matt Mowlem, db4, rz08r.

As the oceans play a crucial role in the future of our civilization (natural resource, climate regulation…), it is important to build very accurate model to predict their evolution. One important...

Label-free impedance spectroscopy and AC electrokinetics

Principle investigators: dm06r, Professor Hywel Morgan.

Particles can show a wide range of movement patterns according to the characteristic of the AC electric field applied: because of their induced dipole they can shift to high (or low) field regions,...

Low Cost Si Nanowire Biosensors by Recrystallization Technologies

Principle investigator: Professor Peter Ashburn.

Laboratory tests are a vital part of the accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition, with around 1 billion tests performed in the UK each year. To enable the routine application of predictive,...

Low temperature hot-wire silicon waveguides

Principle investigator: Harold M. H. Chong.

The project concerns the fabrication of low optical loss polysilicon waveguides deposited using Hot-Wire Chemical Vapour Deposition (HWCVD) at a temperature of 240C. A polysilicon film of 220 nm...

Mechanical amplification in inertial sensors

From November 2007.

Principle investigators: izk07r, mk1, Dr Harold MH Chong.

In this project the application of mechanical amplification in MEMS is investigated. In particular the scheme is applied in capacitive accelerometers to improve their performance in terms of...

Micromachined Actuators

Principle investigator: agre.

Micromachined actuators have a range of applications, e.g. for the integration of an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) on a single chip, novel lithography techniques, micro-switches, etc. The project...

Micromachined Inertial Sensors

Principle investigators: mk1, Professor William Redman-White.

Novel concepts and approaches for micromachined inertial sensors such are accelerometers and gyroscopes are investigated. A micromachined disk will be levitated by electrostatic forces which can...

Micromachining and testing of electrostatic actuators for optical tuning

Principle investigators: ps2, mk1.

Atom chips are microfabricated surfaces capable of splitting, guiding and manipulating atoms by application of electric and magnetic fields. Although some basic functionalities were demonstrated...

Nano Rresonant Cavity Technology Devices For Nano Sensing

Principle investigator: Dr Harold MH Chong.

Current integrated nano-systems are inflexible due to bulky interfaces, with discrete circuit blocks thus robbing the system of portability. In this research, I propose a nano-device that could be...

Nanoplasmonics at low temperatures

Nano-holes in metallic films for the study of extra-ordinary optical transmission (EOT).

Principle investigators: ap, [hidden], hm2, Dr Yoshishige Tsuchiya.

Previous work on the optical properties of surface-plasmon-polaritons (SPP) has shown them to be promising candidates for the creation of optical and quantum computers, as well as useful components...

Optical MEMS - Atom Chips

Principle investigator: mk1.

The project is concerned with the investigation of using micromachining techniques to design and realise Atom Chips. Clouds of atoms are levitated by magnetic fields above a silicon surface and...

PhotoSENS

The PHOTOSENS project aims to develop a low-cost, mass-manufacturable, nano-structured, large-area multi-parameter sensor array using Photonic Crystal (PC) and enhanced Surface Enhanced Raman...

Relating the chemical and physical properties of nanoparticles to their cellular toxicity

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits RR De Planque, Ms Hend Alkhammash.

This ongoing project aims to develop a series of complimentary methods to systematically study the interaction of nanoparticles with synthetic cell membranes, in order to gain an understanding of the...

Semiconductor Nanowire Photonic Integrated Circuits

Principle investigators: Ehsan Jaberansari, Dr. Harold Chong.

semiconductor nanowires offer numerous opportunities for next generation subwavelength optical information processors. As the one dimensional building block element a collection of them can assume...

Semiconductor Nanowire Photonic Integrated Circuits

Principle investigators: Ehsan Jaberansari, Dr. Harold Chong.

semiconductor nanowires offer numerous opportunities for next generation subwavelength optical information processors. As the one dimensional building block element a collection of them can assume...

Semiconductor Nanowire Photonic Integrated Circuits

Principle investigators: Ehsan Jaberansari, Dr Harold MH Chong, Prof. Darren Bagnall.

semiconductor nanowires offer numerous opportunities for next generation subwavelength optical information processors. As the one dimensional building block element a collection of them can assume...

Semiconductor Nanowires for Photonic Integrated Circuit Applications

Principle investigators: Ehsan Jaberansary, Harold M H Chong.

This project is to investigate an efficient modelling, fabrication and characterisation technique to realise a multifunctional integrated nanosystems for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic applications....

SiGe quantum well infrared photodetectors

From October 2001.

Principle investigator: [hidden].

As the range and scope of thermal imaging and sensing applications expand quantum well infrared photodetectors (QWIPs) are emerging as a new and important technology. The best known and most widely...

Suspended Gate Silicon Nanodots Memory

Principle investigators: magr07r, hm2, Dr Yoshishige Tsuchiya.

As one of promising candidates for a scalable non-volatile memory, we proposed a new suspended-gate silicon nanodot memory (SGSNM) by co-integrating nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) and...

Two Degree of Freedom Capacitive MEMS Velocity Sensor

From 2009.

Principle investigators: mk1, Professor Paolo Gardonio - ISVR.

This research is about the analysis, design and implementation of a new two degree-of-freedom (DoF) capacitive micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) velocity sensor. A first prototype MEMS velocity...

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Previous projects

3D AC-electroosmotic micropump using C-MEMS

On the top, C-MEMS electrodes are fabricated on in combination with planar electrodes. On the bottom, AC-electroosmosis fluid flow generated by the top depicted electrodes inside a microchannel.

From 2005 to 2009.

Principle investigators: har04r, Dr Nicolas Green, Professor Hywel Morgan.

The ability to transport species and handling fluids in microchannels with ease and precision is central concept to the μTAS devices. Much attention has been focused on micropump research, not...

3D lithography of shaped lipid bilayer apertures

From October 2010 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits RR De Planque, Professor Hywel Morgan.

Electrical measurements of ion channel activity can be performed by patch clamping of cell membranes or by suspending lipid bilayer model membranes, with incorporated channels, in an aperture...

An electronic-based ELISA combined with microfluidics

From 2014 to 2017.

Principle investigator: Themistoklis Prodromakis.

Our aim is to develop a low-cost real-time protein detection device to continuously monitor cytokines during in-vitro culture that could eventually expand in clinical practice. We will do this by...

Biomimetically Inspired Nano-photonics

Structural blackness with applications in stealth technology as incorporated into a butterfly wing.

From October 2006 to October 2009.

Principle investigator: Professor Greg Parker.

Over 500 million years of evolution have created highly optimised optical solutions for the survival of the species. By definition the optical devices created are fabricated in organic materials, so...

Carbon Nanotube Spintronics

From 2009 to 2011.

Principle investigator: aru07r.

Carbon Nanotubes have generated a great deal of interest due to their extraordinary mechanical, thermal and electronic properties and they are being researched as a potential replacement for Si for...

Dielectrophoretic Separation of Particles

From October 2005 to October 2009.

Principle investigators: namy05r, Dr Nicolas Green.

A novel separation device uses dielectrophoresis to achieve 100% non-contact separation of a mixture of particles. The method is continuous and flow through, involves no fouling and ensuring...

Dynamic Photo Voltaic Arrays

From 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: [hidden].

An investigation into dynamic photo voltaic array structures for the optimal power output of PV arrays under a variety of conditions including shading

Efficiency Improvement in MEMS Thermoelectric Generators employing Solar Concentration

From 2010 to 2014.

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are devices that convert heat into electricity. They are very attractive energy harvesters because they are highly reliable and environment-friendly. The efficiency...

Feasibility of Novel Deca-Nanometer Vertical MOSFETs for Low-cost Radio Frequency Circuit Application

From 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: pa, Steve Hall, Bill Redman-White, Octavian Buiu.

This research aims to investigate the use of CMOS-compatible vertical MOSFETs for the implementation of medium-power RF circuits, opening the way to higher integration of RF systems. Vertical...

Feasibility of Novel Deca-Nanometer Vertical MOSFETs for Low-cost Radio Frequency Circuit Application

From 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: Peter Ashburn, Steve Hall, Bill Redman-White, Octavian Buiu.

This research aims to investigate the use of CMOS-compatible vertical MOSFETs for the implementation of medium-power RF circuits, opening the way to higher integration of RF systems. Vertical...

Ge catalytic growth of Carbon Nanotubes

From 2006 to 2010.

Principle investigators: pa, Professor CH "Kees" De Groot, tu, David Smith (Physics).

A metal catalyst free growth method of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been developed using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of CNTs on carbon implanted SiGe islands on Si substrates. From SEM and Raman...

Helium Ion Microscopy and Spectroscopy

From 2009 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Stuart Boden, zm, tf, Professor Harvey N Rutt, [hidden].

Working in partnership with Carl Zeiss SMT Inc., we are developing the capabilities and applications of the world’s first commercial scanning helium ion microscope (SHIM)- the Zeiss Orion. The...

Higher-order forces and torques on dielectric particles

From October 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: hn07r, Dr Nicolas Green.

Dielectrophoresis (DEP), a phenomenon through which non-uniform electric field exerts force on a dielectric particle immersed in a dielectric medium, is one of the most widely-used techniques for...

Higher-order forces and torques on dielectric particles

From October 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: hn07r, Dr Nicolas Green.

Dielectrophoresis (DEP), a phenomenon through which non-uniform electric field exerts force on a dielectric particle immersed in a dielectric medium, is one of the most widely-used techniques for...

Higher-order forces and torques on dielectric particles

(a)The electrode geometry;(b)variations with particle position of the first three force terms and of the total force;(c)contributions of the first three force terms to the total force

From October 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: hn07r, Dr Nicolas Green.

Dielectrophoresis (DEP), a phenomenon through which non-uniform electric field exerts force on a dielectric particle immersed in a dielectric medium, is one of the most widely-used techniques for...

In-situ sensor system for marine measurement

From October 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr. Matt Mowlem.

The oceans cover almost 75% of the planet and affect the lives of every plant and animal on earth. With global climate changing rapidly, the importance of studying the oceans has increased...

Interface for Micro-Machined Vibratory Gyroscope

From 2009 to December 2011.

Principle investigator: Prof. Michael Kraft (mk1).

The aim of the project is to design, develope and implement an interface based on Sigma-Delta Architecture for Micro-Machined Vibratory Gyroscope. The main idea was to improve the linearaty, Dynamic...

Interface for Micro-Machined Vibratory Gyroscope

System Diagram of Delta Sigma Modulator Architecture Based Interface

From 2009 to December 2011.

Principle investigator: Prof. Michael Kraft (mk1).

The aim of the project is to design, develop and implement an interface based on Sigma-Delta Architecture for Micro-Machined Vibratory Gyroscope. The main idea was to improve the linearity, Dynamic...

Lateral SiGe HBTs

From October 2001 to 2007.

Principle investigators: [hidden], pa.

Over the past few years SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistors have come out of the research laboratory and gone into production in BiCMOS processes around the world. The state of the art fT and...

Low Cost Nanowire Diagnostic Platform

From October 2012 to October 2015.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, pa, Dr Maurits RR De Planque, Dr Harold MH Chong, Prof. Donna Davies, Prof. Peter Howarth, Prof. Peter Roach.

The aim of this TSB/EPSRC project is to develop a point-of-care (PoC) nanowire diagnostic system to measure inflammatory biomarkers found in a small droplet of blood, and builds on results from EPSRC...

Low temperature seeded crystallization of amorphous Si for transistor-in-Grain technology

From October 2003 to 2007.

Principle investigator: Peter Ashburn.

The continued scaling of MOSFETs to the deca-nanometre regime has reached the point where the transistor size is now comparable with the grain size in a polysilicon film (typically 100-200nm). The...

Low temperature seeded crystallization of amorphous Si for transistor-in-Grain technology

From October 2003 to 2007.

Principle investigator: pa.

The continued scaling of MOSFETs to the deca-nanometre regime has reached the point where the transistor size is now comparable with the grain size in a polysilicon film (typically 100-200nm). The...

Magnetic Nanostructures

From 2005 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot, Prof. P.A. de Groot, Prof. P. Bartlett, Prof H. Fangohr.

We have fabricated and measured single domain wall magnetoresistance devices with sub-20 nm gap widths using a novel combination of electron beam lithography and helium ion beam milling. The...

Metal Oxide Tunnel Transistor

From 2003 to 2006.

Principle investigator: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot.

Progress in integrated circuit (IC) technology has been achieved by reduction in the total area of individual transistors, resulting in an increase of speed accompanied by dramatic increase in...

Micro-fabrication and Micro-fluidic Technology

From 2008 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Prof Hywel Morgan, Dr Matt Mowlem.

The project is aimed to develop micro-fabrication technology including; Fabrication of metal electrodes using various technologies i.e., Ion Beam Mill, lift off method etc. Also the project involves...

Micro-fabrication and Microfluidic Technology for Marine Micro-system

From 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigators: Prof Hywel Morgan, Dr Matt Mowlem.

My main research area in interest on RMST project is ‘Micro-fluidic and Lab on a chip Technology’. I am concentrating on the research for the development of technologies involves fabrication of ...

Micro-fluidic impedance spectroscopy

From 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Matt Mowlem.

The design and construction of a micro-flow system capable of the anaylsis of phytoplankton, (microscopic algae that live in the sea). Using the technique of impedance spectroscopy data will be...

Microfabrication and micro- fluidic technology for Marine Science

From 2001 to December 2001.

Principle investigator: Prof hywel Morgan.

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Microfluidic Devices and BioMEMS

Principle investigators: Professor Alan Evans, Dr Tracy Melvin, Professor James S Wilkinson.

A variety of microfluidic devices are being investigated such as micro-pumps which are capable of pumping fluids and gases, micro-flowsensors and mixers. These devices can be integrated on a...

Microfluidic whole-cell biosensor

From 2007 to 2009.

Principle investigators: st07v, Dr Klaus-Peter Zauner, Professor Hywel Morgan.

Living cells are arguably sophisticated unconventional computers equipped with properties difficult to archive with silicon-based computing architectures. However, limited access to (intra)cellular...

Monitoring contractility of bio-realistic human cardiac tissue in vitro

From 2014 to 2014.

Animals are currently needed to perform cardiac pharmacology and toxicology studies on novel compounds with potential therapeutic value before their use in clinical practice. A potential alternative...

Monolithic Active Pixel Arrays

From 2001 to 2006.

Principle investigators: [hidden], Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi.

A visible wavelength linear photosensor featuring a pixel size of 3 mm has been designed for fabrication using commercial 0.25 mm CMOS technology. For the photo-sensing element, the design uses a...

NANO RESONANT CAVITY TECHNOLOGY DEVICES FOR NANO SENSING APPLICATIONS

Principle investigator: Harold M H Chong.

Current integrated nano-systems are inflexible due to bulky interfaces, with discrete circuit blocks thus robbing the system of portability. In this research, I propose a nano-device that could be...

Ni/Ge Schottky barriers for nanoelectronic applications

From October 2005 to 2010.

Principle investigator: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot.

Ni has been electro-deposited on n-type Ge wafers of various substrate resistivities. The Ni-Ge Schottky barrier is characterized and found to be of very high quality for highly doped Ge (0.005-0.02...

Nickel Palladium alloy contacts for Carbon nanotube Spintronics

From October 2007 to October 2010.

Principle investigator: Dr. C.H. de Groot.

Electrodeposition is investigated as a technique for fabricating Nickel Palladium alloy contacts for carbon nanotube spintronic applications. Palladium forms good quality, reliable contacts with...

Optical manifestations of planar chirality

From October 2002 to 2005.

Principle investigators: [hidden], Prof. Nikolay Zheludev, ap.

Recently a new group of layered planar and quasi-planar metamaterials has emerged which promise unique electromagnetic properties. Layered metallic microstructures could play a special role in future...

Parallel Electrophysiological Characterization of Sodium Channels

From October 2010 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Maurits RR De Planque, Prof. Bonnie Wallace (Birkbeck), Prof. Marco Tartagni (Bologna).

This proposal aims to exploit a novel platform for parallel on-chip electrophysiology, developed at the University of Southampton, for the functional characterization of a family of voltage-gated...

PhotoSENS

From 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Martin Charlton.

The PHOTOSENS project aims to develop a low-cost, mass-manufacturable, nano-structured, large-area multi-parameter sensor array using Photonic Crystal (PC) and enhanced Surface Enhanced Raman...

Planar Waveguide Design for On Chip Nonlinear Optical Devices

From October 2006 to 2010.

Principle investigators: Dr Martin D Charlton, Pavlos Lagoudakis, rc05r.

Planar waveguides are different from photonic crystal fibres (PCFs) in that planar waveguides require high nonlinear coefficient core material for achieving the desired nonlinear effects within a...

Planar Waveguide Design for On Chip Nonlinear Optical Devices

From October 2006 to October 2009.

Principle investigators: Dr Martin D Charlton, Pavlos Lagoudakis, rc05r.

Planar waveguides are different from photonic crystal fibres (PCFs) in that planar waveguides require high nonlinear coefficient core material for achieving the desired nonlinear effects within a...

Plasmonic enhancement of silicon solar cells

From October 2004 to 2010.

Principle investigators: [hidden], tlt04r, fd07r.

The aims of this project are to investigate the optical properties of metal nanoparticles, to the study the interaction of metal nanoparticles with solar cells, and to optimize this interaction to...

Plasticity in NEUral Memristive Architectures

From 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Themistoklis Prodromakis.

During the past two decades, philosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists, clinicians and neuroscientists strived to provide authoritative definitions of consciousness within a neurobiological...

Point of Care Full Blood Count

From 2009 to December 2011.

Principle investigators: vh, Professor Hywel Morgan.

A microfluidic device that uses single cell impedance spectroscopy is being developed as part of a Point of Care system capable of perfoming a full blood count (FBC) from a fingerprick of blood. In...

Protein expression in microsystems

From 2010 to November 2013.

Principle investigator: Dr Maurits RR De Planque.

Ion channels are membrane proteins of interest to medical research, drug discovery, and biosensing applications. Expressing ion channels and inserting them into lipid bilayers for characterisation...

Quantify and understand the potential benefits of plasmonics in photovoltaics

From 2012 to 2017.

Principle investigators: Pavlos.Lagoudakis, Stuart Boden, [hidden].

Summary An alternative paradigm for enhancing the light utilisation in photovoltaic (PV) devices is the use of nano-particles of metals in order to make superior use of the optical field. Since the...

Radiation Effects and Reliability of Resistive Memories (RRAM)

From 2011 to 2018.

Principle investigators: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot, Liudi Jiang (Engineering), Katrina Morgan, Junqing Fan, Ruomeng Huang.

Many industries heavily rely upon advances in electronic devices. As development of electronics continues, new structures and new materials are being utilised. The reliability of these new...

Rare-Earth Doped Planar Upconversion Waveguide Lasers

From 2009 to 2011.

Principle investigator: Greg J Parker.

Efficient visible (i.e. Red, Green and Blue) laser emissions are desirable for many applications such as optical data storage, reprographics, RGB colour displays, submarine communications,...

Real neurons-nanoelectronics Architecture with Memristive Plasticity

From November 2013 to October 2016.

Principle investigator: Themistoklis Prodromakis.

Information processing in classical ‘von Neumann’ architectures is less efficient compared to biological counterparts when dealing with ill-posed problems and noisy data. The reason is that the...

Reliably unreliable nanotechnologies

From 2013 to 2018.

Principle investigator: Themistoklis Prodromakis.

Nanoscale resistive switching (RS) elements, also known as memristors, are nowadays regarded as a promising solution for establishing next-generation memory, due to their infinitesimal dimensions,...

Resonant Nano-Electro-Mechanical Sensors for Molecular Mass-Detection

From 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigators: fah07r, hm2, Dr Yoshishige Tsuchiya.

Silicon-based Nano-Electro-Mechanical (NEM) sensors are getting increasing interest because of their compatibility with “In-IC” integration as well as high sensitivity to a change in mass. The...

Schottky barriers for spin injection

From 2005 to 2010.

Principle investigator: mk09v.

Electrodeposition is being used to fabricate magnetic microstructures directly on patterned n-type Si wafers of various substrate resistivities. The Ni-Si Schottky barrier is characterized and found...

Si-based Single Electron Transistor Integration for Quantum Information Processing

From 2013 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Professor Shinichi Saito.

Single electron transistors (SET) are indispensible devices for quantum information processing and our Si based SETs have several advantages like high integration densities, low cost, and long spin...

SiGe Heterojunctions for MOS Technologies (HMOS)

From 2000 to 2003.

Principle investigators: agre, ytt, br.

The UK Research Programme concerned with developing SiGe MOS technologies. Funded pricipally by the EPSRC, 13 research teams from 9 UK universities work together on the programme along with...

SiGeC HBTs on insulator for rf communications

From October 2001 to 2004.

Principle investigator: pa.

Bipolar transistors are mainly used in BiCMOS technologies where circuit operation at very high frequencies is required. Silicon germanium heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) have been produced...

Silicon Germanium MOS (SIGMOS)

From 2000 to 2003.

Principle investigators: agre, amw.

Elevated Source/ Drain MOSFET Devices. As MOS devices are scaled into the sub 70nm region, traditional source/drain engineering techniques can no longer suppress short channel effects while at...

Silicon Nanowire Arrays for Viral Infection Markers

From 2009 to 2012.

Principle investigators: pa, Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Maurits RR De Planque, Prof. Susan Halford, Dr Peter Roach, Prof. Donna Davies, Prof. Peter Howarth.

The aim of this project is to develop silicon nanowire arrays, the only technology that has been shown to enable highly specific and ultrasensitive analysis of protein biomarkers with electronic...

Silicon Photovoltaics

From 2004 to 2008.

Principle investigators: [hidden], Dr T. Markvart.

Southampton Universities Microfabrication Facility is the national centre for silicon based microelectronics with a 600m2 cleanroom with full lithographic, deposition, etching and characterisation...

Silicon thin film solar cells

From 2001 to October 2010.

Principle investigators: [hidden], odc04r.

As part of the UK Supergen consortium we are currently performing research into methods of enhancing the performance of silicon based thin film solar cells deposited using PECVD. We intend to achieve...

Single cell manipulation with dielectrophoresis

From October 2005 to December 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Hywel Morgan, Dr Nicolas Green.

We have developed electrodes to immobilise single cells and particles within a microfluidic channel inside a dielectrophoretic trap. The design is highly scalable, and suitable for trapping cells...

Spectrum Monitor for Cognitive Radio

From October 2006 to 2009.

Principle investigator: Professor William Redman-White.

In this project, the spectrum monitor for cognitive radio is explored. The main challenge of the cognitive radio application is to draw a spectrum map covering a wide range of frequency fast and...

Spintronic device physics in Si/Ge Heterostructures

From 2010 to 2016.

Principle investigators: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot, xl2.

We recently carried out optical experiments that demonstrated RT spin transport and extraction through Ge for the first time,1 based on structure with Ge grown epitaxial on GaAs and an...

Synaptic-like Dynamics of Volatile Memristors

From 2012 to 2013.

Principle investigator: Themistoklis Prodromakis.

This project aspires to investigate memory mechanisms in emerging non-CMOS devices and to correlate these with the short-term dynamics of biological synapses. Nanoionic devices are nowadays regarded...

Thin Film Thermo-Electric Generators

From 2014 to 2020.

Principle investigators: Professor CH "Kees" De Groot, Gill Reid (Chemistry), Andrew Hector (Chemistry), Ruomeng Huang.

Thermoelectric micro-generators are solid state energy harvesters. They have no mechanical parts that can wear out, require little maintenance, have long lifetimes and produce no emissions. In order...

Towards plasmonics: active control of surface plasmon-polariton waves

From 2004 to 2006.

Principle investigators: [hidden], Prof. N.I. Zheludev.

Planar waveguides and photonic crystal structures are being intensively investigated as primary solutions for integrated photonic devices. However, there may be an alternative approach to the...

Ultra Sensitive Charge-based Chemical/Biosensors Using Suspended Silicon Nanostructures

From October 2008 to 2012.

Principle investigators: mag08r, Dr Yoshishige Tsuchiya, hm2.

Precise detection of different species of chemical or biomolecules is fundamental to a vast variety of applications including medical science and environmental studies. Typically, a sensor is exposed...

Vertical MOSFET's

From 2003 to 2011.

Principle investigators: pa, Professor CH "Kees" De Groot.

Over the past 20 years, the channel length of MOS transistors has halved at intervals of approximately every two or three years, which has led to a virtuous circle of increasing packing density...