Professor Todd Marder has left Durham to take up a position at the University of Wurzburg.
Martin Bryce gave an invited talk at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr Ahmed M'hamedi, Univ. of Mostaganem, Algeria was a visitor to the Centre (hosted by Martin Bryce).
Dr Claudio Balocco (School of Engineering and Computing Sciences) has become a member of the Centre. Claudio joined the University in November 2011. He was previously working at the University of Manchester, where he was developing nanoscale electronic devices.
Dr Yong Uk Lee, a Principal Research Scientist in the National Printable Electronics Centre at Sedgefield, which forms part of the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and in the Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics. Dr Lee has considerable expertise in inkjet printing and organic transistors and will assist Durham scientists working in these and other areas.
Martin Bryce gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Molecular Electronics, Adelsdorf, near Erlangen, Germany.
Dr Dongxia Zhu, Northeast Normal University, Jilin, China visited the Centre during July and August (hosted by Martin Bryce).
Martin Bryce was the Organiser and Chair of the EU FP7 Workshop on Fundamentals of Molecular Electronic Assemblies, Slaley Hall, near Hexham, UK.
Martin also gave an invited talk at the International School and Symposium on Molecular Materials and Devices, Durham, UK.
Dr Claudio Balocco was awarded his first EPSRC grant for a proposal entitled ‘Electronic nanodevices for energy harvesting: a novel approach to thermal-energy conversion.’
Professor Mike Petty and Dr Chris Pearson have received funding (£200k) from ETRI for a project entitled ‘Synthesis of oxide semiconductor and insulator ink materials & process development for printed backplane of flexible displays.’
ETRI is the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, which is South Korea’s largest government-funded research institute. The research will concern the development of transistors that can be printed onto surfaces. These can be used for a variety of applications in flexible electronics (e.g. displays, memories, chemical sensors). In this project, Prof. Petty and Dr Pearson will work closely with Dr Yong Uk Lee (CPI, Sedgefield) who has a part-time role of Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics.
Professor Petty, Dr Apostolos and Dr Zeze have received £298k from the European Commission, as part of an international consortium involving, Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland ‘Nano-scale engineering for novel computation using evolution’ or NASCENCE. The main objective of the NASCENCE project is to revolutionise the current computing paradigm by integrating and training nanosystems (e.g. nanoparticle networks, carbon nanotubes and graphene films) to exhibit behaviour similar to that of brains.
During the month, Professor Petty travelled to South Korea to take part in the 2012 International Workshop on Flexible and Printable Electronics (IWFPE 2012). He presented an invited talk entitled ‘Strategies for Printable Organic Memories.’
This month has seen a further significant grant obtained by members of the Centre.
Dagou Zeze, Andrew Gallant, Buddhika Mendis and Mike Petty (Engineering and Computing Sciences and Physics): £584K from the European Commission ‘Embracing one-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures’.