Postgraduate research opportunities

Direct integration of electronics and photonics for next generation chip-scale systems

This project will develop nano-assembly techniques for the integration of photonic systems directly onto silicon electronic chips.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


1 December 2019


30 March 2020


3.5 Years


UK and EU nationals only

Project Details

Optical communications systems have driven the massive increases in bandwidth and energy efficiency of networks from long haul down to chip-chip dimensions.  On-chip, electronic minaturisation is reaching physical limits and advances in computing power are being driven by distributed processing models and multi-core architecture design.  The interconnections between sub-chip areas are becoming bottlenecks to further scaling of these systems.  In order to create high bandwidth, low power consumption connections on silicon chips, this work will extend the reach of photonic systems to the intra-chip level.

At the Institute of Photonics we have developed a method by which ultra-compact optoelectronic devices can be physically printed onto different substrates.  This project will develop the next generation of 3D optoelectronic chips, created by a direct, multilayer transfer printing.  Particular research challenges will include the development of ultra-low power consumption photonic membrane devices and their direct nanoscale integration onto foundry sourced silicon electronic chips.

The student will gain expertise in a wide range of micro-fabrication technologies, seeing their work transfer from design through to characterisation in the laboratory.  In addition to micro-fabrication the student will also be involved in the design and simulation of devices, measurement and characterisation and numerical processing of results.  Research findings will be published in high impact journals with the opportunity to present at an international conference. 

Institute of Photonics:

The Institute of Photonics (IoP), part of the Department of Physics, is a centre of excellence in applications-oriented research at the University of Strathclyde - the Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2012/13 and UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14. The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics. The IoP is located in the £100M Technology and Innovation Centre on Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus, where it is co-located with the UK’s first Fraunhofer Research Centre.  Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics, please see:

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How to apply

To enter our PhD programme applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.  Full funding, covering fees and stipend, is available for UK and EU nationals only.


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