Postgraduate research opportunities Nanoscale 3D transfer printing for hybrid photonic device fabrication


Key facts

  • Opens: Monday 4 December 2017
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3.5 yrs


This project will develop chip scale optoelectronic systems through the 3-dimensional printing of nanoscale building block components such as nanolasers and thin film electronics.
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BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent degree in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.


Scholarships (fees and stipend) available on a competitive basis for UK/EU students, please contact supervisor for details.

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Project Details

Chip scale photonic systems have seen a rapid uptake in a wide range of applications from lab-on-a-chip biosensors to ultra-high speed micro-displays and photonic integrated circuitry. This explosion of new functionalities has been enabled by the availability of mature chip scale platforms, including III-V’s, silicon, organics and glass. The commercialisation of the material platforms, and the leveraging of existing fabrication technologies, notably from the integrated electronics community, has enabled researchers to explore large scale integration of optoelectronic devices.

Nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly clear that no one single material platform can provide the full functionality required by the application areas targeted.  For example, III-nitride devices are efficient emitters of visible light, but require silicon driver electronics to create functional micro-displays. This project targets the next generation of systems created through the direct printing of nanoscale building blocks from a wide range of material systems on a single chip.


At the Institute of Photonics we have developed a method by which optoelectronic devices can be physically printed onto different substrates, for example transferring colour converting thin-films onto LEDs to enable high speed, full colour displays at the micron scale. This project will develop the next generation of 3D optoelectronic devices, created by a direct, multilayer transfer printing. The student will pioneer device engineering through printing at the nanoscale, targeting demonstrators such intra-chip transceivers for future micro-processors, high sensitivity sensors and quantum optical systems.

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), established in 1996, is a commercially-oriented research unit 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 offices and laboratories of the IoP are based in Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus. We are part of the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) initiative and co-located with the new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics. Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics.

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Professor Martin Dawson

Institute of Photonics

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Dr Michael Strain

Institute of Photonics

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