Research in the Advanced Technology Institute is multidisciplinary and covers a wide range of areas. Members of the ATI work on cross-cutting themes, addressing the “grand challenges” in energy, healthcare, information technology, sustainable technology and more generally, technologies associated with “quality of life”. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with colleagues in other divisions within the University and in industry.
Detailed information on our research can be found on our group pages listed below:
The Ion Beam Centre (IBC) at the University of Surrey is a National Facility supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The IBC aims to promote and facilitate world class research in the field of ion beam applications for the UK academic and
industrial communities. The IBC allows users to undertake a wide variety of research using ion implantation, ion beam analysis (IBA) and microbeam analysis.
Nanotechnology is about the design, manipulation and fabrication of mechanical, biological, optical and electronic devices/systems utilising the smallest building blocks available: atoms and molecules. The Nanoelectronics Centre (NEC) takes a twin-track approach towards this goal using both fundamental and applied research placing it at the forefront of those taking this innovative technology into the future. Leading experts from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds, backed by state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities, are currently designing materials, devices and systems based on and using nanotechnology to address the grand challenges faced by society.
Photonics group activities focus on exploring and exploiting the interaction of light with matter. Research projects range from developing fundamental new methods of storing and transmitting data by manipulating photons or electrons, to new materials with enhanced optical and electronic properties. Photonics research impacts a wide range of applications in energy, communications, health and the environment based upon devices such as lasers, LEDs, detectors, memories, sensors and photovoltaics. In all of these areas the group enjoys strong international collaborative links and works closely with a wide range of industries.
Research and technology has embarked on a journey into nanospace and the ultrafast world by attosecond dynamics. The Theory and Computation Group explores these frontiers by means of analytic theory and advanced computer simulation.