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Postgraduate research project

Large area 2D semiconductor platforms

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The project aims to create a revolutionary semiconductor platform using 2D materials to unlock the ultimate limit in miniaturisation of semiconductors. You will benefit from state-of-the-art custom large area 2D equipment not available anywhere else. With access to both a silicon and a silicon nitride platform you will be able to combine 2D semiconductors and contribute to the latest generation of photonics and electronics.

Moore’s Law is currently being challenged with Nvidia CEO recently claiming it is dead. The scaling of transistors cannot continue due to physical limitations of silicon. 2D semiconductors offer the solution as they can be scaled to the molecular level and create excellent devices such as transistors, light emitters, and photodetectors. In this project you will work on the creation of a truly 2D platform with both p-type and n-type materials on the same layer to enable the next generation of electronics and photonics.  

If you like learning and applying novel concepts using the latest technology, you will certainly enjoy working with us. During your PhD studies you will have the opportunity to learn how to design, fabricate and characterise materials and devices for integrated electronics and photonics at the cutting edge of research. The project includes a development plan, but you will be free to innovate in both material and device design domains. In addition to field specific skills, the Zepler Institute’s training and mentoring programme will provide training in report writing, project management, time management, presentation skills, and safety, all of which are applicable to future academic or industrial employability.

We are looking for a passionate candidate excited about the latest developments in technology. You will need a background in physics, chemistry, engineering, electronics or a related discipline. A basic level of understanding semiconductor physics, photonics and material science are essential, and we will support you to expand in all these subjects. Experience with experimental work in either electronics, physics, optics or photonics, and computer modelling and/or programming languages are also desirable.

The University of Southampton is committed into sustaining an inclusive environment for all students and staff. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award and work continuously to improve equality in the workplace and encourage a work-life balance. The Zepler Institute is home to over 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, offering a unique, interdisciplinary, friendly and supportive environment.

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