Microelectronics and Nanostructures

Key Facts

7 academics
34 PhD students


EPSRC: £1.4M
Industry and others: £210,000

Work with:


The Group focuses on developing new electronic materials and advanced material structures for novel devices and circuits, with research ranging from atomic-scale measurement and simulation to circuit design and implementation with applications in ultra-high-speed devices for space research.

A significant achievement was the demonstration (Halsall) of successful hydrogenation in converting graphene into graphane, a 2-D solid with enhanced electronic functionality, in the work that led to the award of the Nobel prize to Geim and Novoselov in 2010.

Also, the demonstration that nanoscale energy transfer from metallic nanoparticles into alumina enhances X-ray detection has potential application in spatially resolved dose monitoring during radiotherapy for cancer, currently being evaluated by the Christie Hospital.

Head of Group: Professor Matthew Halsall

MSc in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology

Our MSc course is built around a core understanding of electrical power generation from solar, wind and marine sources and covers the interfacing and distribution technologies needed to exploit these sources


  • Silicon chip design and processing
  • Microphotonic sensing systems
  • THz spectroscopy
  • UHV cryogenic Scanning Probe facilities
  • Solar materials characterisation
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