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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)

Next Generation Materials and Microsystems

Research Challenge Director: Prof. Dagou Zeze, Deputy Research Challenge Director: Dr Andrew Gallant

In this challenge, we rely on the use of micro- and nanoscale engineering to develop materials and microsystems devices with novel functionality. The aim of our research is to understand and exploit the electronic, physical, chemical and biological properties at the small scale. This enables technologies to control, harvest and generate electromagnetic radiation; to sense and shape the physical environment; to develop alternative computational paradigms; and for biomanipulation and tissue engineering. Our high impact work is supported by extensive cleanroom and other laboratory facilities within the department.

News & Seminars

NGMM Seminar

9 December 2015 - 1 pm Lakeside Room, Van Mildert College
Title: Lab-on-chip for Chemistry and the Life Sciences
Speaker: Dr Giuseppina Simone

(30 Nov 2015)

NGMM Seminar

4 December 2015 - 1:10pm E360

Jonathan Hammler: Miniaturised Subtractive Manufacturing for THz Devices

Carlo Hill: The Role of Surface Plasmons in Array Transmission

(30 Nov 2015) » More about NGMM Seminar

NGMM Seminar

20 November 2015 - 12:00 in the Focus Room.
Title: Nanoscale Ferroelectric Domains and Topological defects
Speaker: Professor Igor Lukyanchuk, University of Picardie, Amiens, France

(24 Nov 2015) » More about NGMM Seminar

"Evolving electronics" could lead to new electrical devices

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Scientists at Durham University, UK, have “taught” materials to form electrical pathways in order to solve a simple problem, which could eventually lead to new electronic devices. Taking their inspiration from nature, where living organisms evolve to perform complex tasks, the researchers trained tiny carbon nanotubes, suspended in a liquid crystal solution, to form new electrical pathways to sort data into two categories. When varying electrical voltages were applied to the material using a computer programme, the carbon nanotubes changed position within the solution creating new electrical circuits and increasing its ability to solve the task over time (the error reduced – shown by the graph in this video). Credit: M.K. Massey and E. Vissol-Gaudin/Durham University