Encompassing nanotechnology, semiconductor physics and power electronics, the NICHE project (Novel Interlayer Cooling for the Harsh Environment) involves the design and fabrication of a range of high temperature silicon devices that will operate at temperatures up to 300°C. This will be achieved by combining silicon with silicon carbide (SiC), through CVD and wafer bonding techniques. Device applications cover high temperature electronics in general, including CMOS devices, power electronics, solar, and photonics.
As a research student in our group, you will learn many skills including the simulation, design, fabrication, and characterisation of silicon and silicon carbide transistors, diodes and other devices. You will gain experience using our state of the art fabrication and microscopy equipment within the new Science City clean room, and in the MAS facility. You will gain an appreciation of the power and high temperature electronics fields, attending academic conferences and publishing high impact papers.
I welcome applications from students wanting to work for a PhD or MSc by Research in this area, and am keen to support students looking to apply to the Chancellors award (deadline December/January every year), the Chinese Scholarship Council Awards (March), or any other funding competitions.
Note: Should your application for admission be accepted you should be aware that this does not constitute an offer of financial support. Please refer to the scholarships & funding pages.