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Carbon Based Electronics: A National Consortium

EPSRC Grant Reference: GR/R97023/01
Principal Investigator:   Professor A Mainwood (King's College London)
Other Investigators:     Professor AT Collins (King's College London)
                                     Professor G Davies (King's College London)
                                     Dr D Richards (King's College London)
                                     Dr ME Newton (University of Warwick)


The Carbon Based Electronics National Consortium brings together players in the UK to make available a wide range of techniques for fabrication and test of a range of highly innovative carbon based devices. It encompasses displays to power devices, MEM's to low cost electronics, and sensors to solar cells. The proposal covers devices made from a wide range of conjugated polymers, oligomers and organic molecules as well as the various forms of carbon: a-C, diamond, and nanotubes. The attainment of devices in materials which have high carrier mobilites and low densities of traps is the major focus of the work.

At Warwick we are using EPR and other spectroscopic techniques to investigate bulk and surface defects created/destroyed during the processing (e.g. annealing, H plasma treatment, oxygen etching etc.) of diamond, and investigating how these defect influence the useful electronic and optical properties. These experimental studies are supported with theoretical modelling work ant Kings College London.

If you are interested in EPR in any collaborative research projects, or have any comments about this research at Warwick then please contact Mark Newton (