You will study key topics from all the core sciences - chemistry, biology, physics, material science and electronics - alongside specialist modules in nanoscience and nanotechnology. At the same time you will experience the fascination of nanotechnology via hands-on practical work with state-of-the-art nanoscience equipment.
Research done by participating members includes the mathematical and numerical modelling of MESFETs and HEMTs in Applied Mathematics, transport in amorphous Si and other disordered materials in Physics and Astronomy, the application of discotic liquid crystals to electronic and optical devices in the SOMS Centre, and FET and HBT modelling, terahertz interband quantum well lasers and electromagnetic field modelling of terahertz integrated waveguide structures in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
The SOMS Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre where chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers seek to understand the science of molecular self-assembly and self-organisation, to engineer new functional exploitable materials and devices.
This unique course is focused directly on this interface between the fields of electronics and nanotechnology. It covers the foundations of electronic engineering, from communications systems through to computer engineering, integrated circuit design and micro/nano fabrication. It enables you to understand the principles of electronics and nanotechnology, in particular the principles of the fabrication and design of modern microelectronic products.
The programme starts in late September each year and is divided into three approximately equal periods. The first and second periods consist of lectures, laboratory classes, seminars and similar material. In the third period, students undertake an individually supervised project on a topic relevant to their special interests.
The Nanoinvestigation Centre at Liverpool (NiCaL), supported by the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides regional SMEs access to the University’s most advanced and powerful electron microscopy facilities. We also offer advice and full technical support from our experienced analysts and material scientists. Qualifying SMEs can gain access to NICal free of charge.
The current research themes of the SSRC cut across the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, and combine the efforts of both experimentalists and theoreticians. The overarching ambition of this work is to achieve nanoscale control, design and assembly of function.
Porous materials are omnipresent in nature: microporous materials, such as zeolite minerals, with pores of angstrom, molecular dimensions; mesoprous materials, such as cell membranes, with nanometre-sized pores; macroporous materials, such as diatom skeletons, with micron-sized pores. Synthetic analogues of such materials are prepared and studied here and find many industrial uses in for instance catalysis, water treatment, environmental clean-up, molecular separation and opto-electronics.
The goal of the centre is to create an easy-to-access-and-use, multidisciplinary workshop with extensive facilities, that allows researchers to fabricate, visualise and characterise structures and devices containing individual elements from a few microns down to 10 nm in size.
The group's research activities cover a range of topics concerned with the fundamental materials and physics issues surrounding advanced semiconductor devices, novel high speed electronic and optoelectronic devices, and advanced sensors and systems.