4th December 2017

Partners – The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield LogoThe Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Location: Sheffield, UK
Link: http://www.shef.ac.uk/eee

Institutional Profile:

The University of Sheffield is a leading UK research University with around 25,000 students and 1500 academic staff. The faculty of Engineering is the largest faculty in the University and one of the largest providers of engineering research and education in the UK, with seven academic departments covering all the key engineering disciplines. The faculty prides itself on a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach with cutting-edge research and strong partnerships with industry leaders globally, such as Boeing, Siemens and Rolls-Royce.

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering has almost 50 academic staff and around 700 students.  The department, which recently celebrated its centenary, is well known and respected for its many important contributions in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Semiconductor Materials and Devices Group:

The Nanostencil program operates with the Semiconductor Materials and Devices (SMD) group, which has world-class research and facilities for the epitaxy of semiconductor materials, electron microscopy of materials and the design and fabrication of semiconductor devices. Extensive facilities exist for III-V materials growth, device processing and materials characterization. For over 30 years, the group has been the leading provider of III-V semiconductor materials and devices to the UK academic community, as well as several EU partners. The activity has generated over 2500 research publications, more than 40 patents and several successful spin-off companies. The group has been involved in around 20 EU funded research projects over the last two decades.

Project Roles:

  • Overall coordination of the project
  • Contributes to the study of surface interactions with pulsed laser interference patterns.
  • Designs, builds and demonstrates a system for the application of multi-beam laser interference in a Molecular Beam Epitaxy environment
  • Demonstrates the growth of self-assembled Quantum dot arrays on nanopatterned substrates
  • Contributes to dissemination and exploitation


Professor Mark HopkinsonProf. Mark Hopkinson leads the Sheffield activity and is overall coordinator for the project.  He has over 25 years’ experience in compound semiconductor epitaxy and materials characterization. He has authored over 600 publications in this field and currently sits on the international advisory board of the European and International MBE conferences. His current research is focused on semiconductor nanostructures and in particular new routes to achieve ordered arrays of nanostructures through epitaxy/process integration.

Contact: m.hopkinson@sheffield.ac.uk