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Professor Dagou Zeze, FIET, SRF RAEng/Leverhulme Trust

Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42531
Room number: E208 (Christopherson)

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  • Professor of Nanotechnology & Microsystems
  • Director of Next Generation Materials & Microsystems Research Challenge;
  • Chair of the Durham University EU Liaison Group.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Fellow of the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies: 2014-2017.
  • Senior Research Fellow - Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust: 2013-2014
  • BSc Physics (University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast: 1990).
  • MPhil & PhD in Electronics (Université of Clermont-Ferrand, France: 1996).
  • Postdoctoral research: University of Ulster (Thin amorphous carbon films: 2000
  • Postdoctoral research: University of Surrey (Microfabrication: 2003).

Professor of Nanotechnology & Microsystems within the Department of Engineering, Durham University, He has research interests in nanostructured materials, micro and nanofabrication, multifunction devices, i.e. the integration of nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires) in devices. He has contributed to seven European Framework programme FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, representing more than €12.5 million. He is the scientific coordinator of three Marie Curie Actions international consortia on semiconductor nanowires, FUNPROB, NanoEmbrace and the current H2020 INDEED ITN, all of which involve significant international academic and industrial collaboration across Europe. He has also led several national and international research projects.

Further Details

Main Research Interest: Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials Devices
Current research themes
  • Integration of Nanostructured Materials in Device Fabrication
  • Nanofabrication & Microfabrication
  • Carbon nanotubes Smart Devices
  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Multifunction devices

Other activities

  • Thin Films Technology
  • Organic Electronics
  • Liquid Handling Robotic System Design

Research Groups

Department of Engineering

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials device integration
  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electronics Research

Indicators of Esteem

  • External Degree Programme Examiner:
    • University of Exeter (2016-2020)
    • University of Bangor (2017-21)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology:
  • Fellow of the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (2015- ):
  • Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust (2013-14):


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Conference Paper

  • Vissol-Gaudin, E., Kotsialos, A., Massey, M. K., Zeze, D. A., Pearson, C., Groves, C. & Petty, M. C. (2016), Training a Carbon-Nanotube/Liquid Crystal Data Classifier Using Evolutionary Algorithms, in Amos, M. & Condon, A. eds, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9726 15th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation. Manchester, UK, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 130-141.
  • Swift, G. Peter, Gallant, Andrew J., Dai, DeChang, Kaliteevski, Mikhail A., Brand, Stuart, Zeze, Dagou A., Wood, David, Petty, Michael C., Abram, Richard A. & Chamberlain, J. Martyn (2008), Negative refracting materials at THz frequencies, 33rd International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves. Pasadena, CA, IEEE, Piscataway, 496-497.
  • Gallant, A.J., Levitt, J.A., Kaliteevski, M., Wood, D., Petty, M.C., Abram, R.A., Brand, S., Swift, G.P., Zeze,D.A. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2007), Artificial plasmonic materials for THz applications, in Linden, K.J. & Sadwick, L.P. eds, Proceedings of SPIE 6472: Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI. San Jose, CA, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 647206.
  • Gallant, A.J., Zeze, D.A., Wood, D., Petty, M.C., Dai, D. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2007), Flexible polymer based artificial materials for terahertz applications, Joint 32nd International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 2007 and the 2007 15th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics. IRMMW-THz. Cardiff, Wales, IEEE, 961-963.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article


Selected Grants

  • 2016: INDEED - H2020 ITN (€4M)
  • 2013: NASCENCE FP7- CoI (€2.9M)
  • 2013: NOTEDEV-FP7-ITN CoI (€3.9M)
  • 2013: NanoEmbrace FP7-ITN coordinator (€3.5M)
  • 2013: RAEng Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2012: FUST- FP7 - SMEs PI (€1.1M)
  • 2012: NAnoSCale Engineering for Novel Computation using Evolution (NASCENCE) (£298453.33 from European Commission)
  • 2012: POLATER FP7- PIRES CoI (€374k)
  • 2011: FUBROB- FP7 -Coordinator (€474k)