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University of Warwick (United Kingdom)


The University of Warwick is one of the UK's top rated research universities. The NanoSilicon Group, in the Department of Physics, has an international reputation established over some 20 years for pioneering work on silicon based epitaxy, the production and characterisation of strained layer materials. The Group has been involved in establishing and coordinating national and international research, including many European Framework projects, and has considerable experience in engaging with both academics and industry on issues of technology advance using strained materials.


Number of persons working in the Nanoelectronics field:

11 people ( 3 permanent academic staff (Prof.), 3 researchers (2 PDRA + Principal Growth Scientist), 4 PhD students and 1 Research Officer)


Main Research activities in Nanoelectronics

  • Epitaxial growth of Si, Ge and related materials
  • Structural and electrical characterisation of epitaxial layers and devices made thereon
  • Silicon photonics
  • Spintronics
  • Thermoelectrics

Research facilities

Processing and characterization facilities:

  • SS-MBE epitaxial growth of Si, SiGe, Ge, C
  • LP-CVD industrial quality epitaxy 100, 150, 200mm
  • Class 100 cleanroom suite with Class 1 in critical regions
  • Structural characterisation by XRD, SIMS, ellipsometry, Raman, FTIR, TEM, SEM, AFM
  • Electrical characterisation by IV, CV, 1/f noise
  • Low temperature and high magnetic field electrical measurement + mobility, effective mass and carrier velocity extraction



  • UK Research Council funding
  • Several industrial contracts with European and US semiconductor companies

Spin-off company AdvanceSis

Training activities

Research training of PhD students (typically 3 per year), including taught courses and experimental skills


  • 15 published papers
  • 2-3 invited talks
  • 1 book chapter



Evan Parker