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Impactech Event: Photonics and Electronics Fabrication

15th June 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm



On behalf of the Impactech team we would like to invite you to join us for: ‘Photonics and Electronics Fabrication’. This event will focus on the latest state-of-the-art research enabling innovative solutions to some of the world most challenging problems. The event will highlight three main areas: remote sensing, challenges in harsh environments, and applications, looking particularly at maximizing the potential of technology solutions.

The ability to collect data remotely and transmit signals within harsh environments such as space, the ocean-floor, and the human body, has already encouraged engineers and scientists to identify new material platforms that can survive and safely operate in contexts of high radiation, pressure, temperature, high shock and chemical corrosion for extended periods.

Many applications need highly robust electronics designed to operate in harsh environments which affect product specifications and requirements. As a result, new materials development, advanced process technology, sensor development, electronic devices, energy harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, system integration methodologies and compelling demonstrations of devices that operate well beyond the operation regimes of silicon have been examined using wide bandgap semiconductor materials.

The University of Southampton Cleanroom Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for high-spec nanofabrication and photonics, as well as a wide range of characterisation capabilities in the UK. The Centre, which is one of the premiere cleanrooms in Europe, has a uniquely broad range of technologies, combining traditional and novel top down fabrication with state-of-the-art bottom up fabrication. This allows us to develop and produce a wide range of devices in diverse fields such as electronics, nanotechnology and bio-nanotechnology and incorporate them into an equally comprehensive array of nano and microsystems for analysis and use. It provides a consultancy service for commercial clients and serves the research community at the University of Southampton and other regional institutions.

This event offers technical presentations from academic and industrial experts and will be a great opportunity for you to meet and engage with a range of experts in this exciting and rapidly developing field. The event will also host the NMI Tabletop Exhibition, which will allow you to meet cleanroom suppliers face to face to discuss the services they offer.

Cleanroom Tour

Don’t forget to sign up for our Cleanroom tour which will enable you to have a closer look into our facilities and the services we provide at our Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. During the walkthrough, we talk about the different areas of the Cleanroom, what we do in each area, and our individual capabilities. It is a very useful tour for anyone who would be interested to have an overview on Cleanroom fabrication concepts and what we do and provide in particular through our Centre.

Click Here to Register for the Cleanroom Tour at Lunch time

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Draft Programme:

Chair: Dr Ghaithaa Manla, Impactech Manager at the University of Southampton

09:30 Coffee & Registration

Session one: Electronics Fabrication Technologies and Capabilities

Welcome & Introduction
– Professor Michael Butler, University of Southampton

Cutting Edge Nanotechnology and its Applications
– Professor Martin Charlton, Head of Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, University of Southampton

Hollow Core Fibre Photonics
– Professor David Richardson, Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

Southampton University Nanofabrication Services
– Dr Ibrahim Sari, Commercial Processing Manager, Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, University of Southampton

Innovative Ultrasonic Deposition Modelling
– Chris Young, Sales & Marketing Manager, Ultrasion

Introduction to NMI Tabletop Exhibition
– Chris Bennett, Director of Manufacturing Services, NMI

11:25 Tea, Coffee and Networking

Session Two: Challenges in Harsh Environment

Integrated Photonics for Chemical Detection at Surfaces
– Professor James S Wilkinson, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

Challenges for Future Digital Processing in Telecommunications Satellites
– Ralph Green, RT&D Manager, Airbus Defence and Space

The Effect of Radiation on Electronic Materials and Circuits
– Professor CH Kees de Groot, Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, University of Southampton

Nanocrystalline Graphite in Micro-Electro-Mechanical System
– Dr Harold M H Chong, Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, University of Southampton

12:40 Lunch & Exhibition

Session Three: Applications

Quantum Technology Supply Chain: Opportunities for Industry
– Professor Peter G.R Smith, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor International & Professor of Optoelectronics, University of Southampton

Green Electronics
– Professor Martin Charlton, University of Southampton

Printed Electronics
– Dr Dan Walker, Project Leader, Merck

Enabling Fabrication Methods for Quantum-Enhanced Sensors
– Andrei Dragomir, Research Student, University of Southampton

Microfluidics and Biosensors for Addressing Global Health Challenges
– Dr Sumit Kalsi, Research Fellow, University of Southampton

15:00 Tea, Coffee and Networking

Session Four: Remote Sensing

An Introduction to Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors and Their Applications
Dr Ali Masoudi, Research Fellow, the University of Southampton

Nanodevices for Sensing and Processing Data Reliably and Efficiently
– Dr Themis Prodromakis, Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, University of Southampton

16:00 Tour of the Clean Room


Background of Impactech:

Impactech mission is to support and help the UK to retain its leading position in the electronic systems and technology industry. Impactech operates as a facility that pulls together experts and businesses from across a wide range of domains, including autonomous systems, nanotechnology, smart sensing, communications, electronics and data & security, allowing collaboration and acceleration of innovative solutions. A main focus of the hub is to hold regular networking events which will provide opportunities to hear about the latest challenges and development in key areas of university research, as well as from companies working in those areas. With over 80% of the industrial base being SMEs, the ultimate goal of the hub is to increase their visibility and market penetration, and provide support with their technical development.



15th June 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Dr Ghaithaa Manla
+44 (0)23 8059 2888


University of Southampton.
Highfield Campus, Garden Court
Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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