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SIOE celebrates science of semiconductors

Friday 14th April 2017

Close-up of some semiconductor research equipment

A conference that explores new developments in the science of semiconductors gets underway at Cardiff University next week.

SIOE (Semiconductor and Integrated Optoelectronics) 2017 (18-20 April) brings together physicists, allied researchers, funders, government and businesses to explore the sector.

The three-day conference, now in its 31st year, features an exciting programme that demonstrates the continuing evolution of research, including the role of new materials.

Professor Peter Smowton, School of Physics and Astronomy, said: “SIOE has a long track record of sharing ideas and creating new opportunities for research and industry...”

“We’ll be hosting a range of sessions looking at new developments including the role materials properties play in improving device performance.”
– Professor Peter Smowton

Leading experts from around the world

Featuring papers on laser development, physics tutorials and advice on patenting, the event attracts leading experts from around the world.

The conference will be joined by Mohamed Missous, FREng, Professor of Semiconductor Materials and Devices at the University of Manchester.

Professor Missous said: “SIOE is a great showcase for all forms of work across emergent Semiconductor technologies. Silicon once supported the information society, but is reaching its limits...”

“Applying (Compound Semiconductor) CS knowhow to silicon manufacturing techniques is an important goal for physicists in the 21st century. Events like SIOE can only help us get their faster.”
– Mohamed Missous, Professor of Semiconductor Materials and Devices at the University of Manchester

In October 2016, Cardiff, Manchester, University College London and the University of Sheffield were awarded £10M in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to bring UK academics and industry together in a hub of CS expertise.

Together, they form the EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Future Compound Semiconductors – exploring new materials, processes and technologies that can drive future networks and power the devices of the 21st Century, from 5G wireless mobile to ultra-high speed optical devices that will bring 10G fibres into our homes.

The conference will also hear about work to develop – a new ecosystem for Compound Semiconductor technologies centred on Cardiff.