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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Electronic devices

Our work on electronic devices research spans the modelling and synthesis of atomic layer thin films, using Molecular Beam Epitaxy, to nanometre scale device fabrication to complete sensor systems.

Examples include devices in the kHz to THz frequency range for applications including THz imaging and environmental sensors.

The University of Manchester is involved two major programmes:

These explore a range of remote sensing technologies using new quantum phenomena.

Research focus

We are experts in this field and cover all aspects related to electronic devices.

Some specific areas we focus on are:

  • Quantum Well Hall Effect Sensors icon

    Quantum Well Hall Effect sensors

    This work aims to deliver underpinning science and technology to the realisation of new imaging devices capable of nanotesla resolution for electromagnetic inspection. The research involves the design and fabrication of a 2D multi-sensor array inductive scanner for rapid, real time imaging of metallic component for inspection and condition monitoring.

  • THz devices icon

    THz devices

    Double-Barrier Quantum Well RTDs are the most promising candidate for high-speed functional devices and THz oscillators at room temperature for 5G wireless. with operating frequencies up to 1 THz these devices hold much promise for the realisation of compact and efficient electronic THz oscillators. Royal Society and EPSRC fund this work.

  • Environmental and Bio Sensors icon

    Environmental and bio sensors

    2D Materials based sensors for applications in eg: VOC, pressure and biological sensors. Prototype devices have been realised showing performances comparable or superior to alternative   commercial technologies. This work is now at the stage of ramping up towards commercialization and is currently being funded by UMIP and external commercial partners.

Research highlights

Professor Michael Kelly, University of Cambridge, is the recipient of the 2014 Brian Mercer Award for Innovation for 'Manufacture, Sale and Evaluation of Tunnel Detector Diodes'. This video features Professor Kelly's key collaborator, Mo Missous: