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Dr. Stuart Boden MEng, PhD

Assistant Professor at ECS, Southampton, Assistant Professor at USMC

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As an assistant professor at ECS, University of Southampton, my research into state-of-the-art fabrication of semiconductor devices feeds directly into my teaching at our campuses in Southampton and Malaysia. From the design and fabrication of novel photovoltaic devices to the development of nanoscale focused ion beam techniques, I am interested in pushing the limits of semiconductor process technologies for fabricating next-generation electronic devices.


Stuart Boden graduated from the University of Oxford in 2004 with a first class honours degree in Materials Science. In 2009, he was awarded a PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton for his work on the development of nanostructured antireflective surfaces for photovoltaics. Stuart then secured a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Nano Research Group in ECS, funded by Carl Zeiss, to develop applications for a new type of scanning charged-particle microscope called a helium ion microscope. He developed expertise in a range of nanofabrication and characterization techniques, and now manages the focused ion beam facility at the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre in ECS.

Stuart was appointed as a lecturer for ECS in November 2013 and he currently teaches on the Part II Devices module at Southampton and Malaysia as well as on the Part III modules of Green Electronics and Nanoelectronic Devices at Southampton. He supervises a number of undergraduate and MSc projects in addition to several PhD students. He also contributes to Southampton’s involvement in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics and is co-investigator on the EPSRC SuperSolar Solar Energy Hub project. Stuart’s research interests include the development of novel antireflection and light trapping schemes for silicon solar cells and the use of focused ion beams for nanoscale imaging, lithography and device prototyping. On the latter, he collaborates with Oxford Scientific Consultants Ltd. in developing helium ion beam lithography for nanometer scale manufacturing of beyond CMOS devices. He also provides consultancy for a number of companies through ECS Partners Ltd.


Research interests

  • Silicon Photovoltaics
  • Antireflection and light trapping for solar cells
  • Nanoscale imaging and analysis with helium ion microscopy
  • Nanofabrication with focused ion beams



Dr. Stuart Boden
No. 3, Persiaran Canselor 1,
Kota Ilmu EduCity,
79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor,
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