Research within the Nanoelectronics Centre (NEC) spans a vast range of activities and uses a wide range of fabrication and characterisation techniques, all conducted by leading interdisciplinary scientists.
Members of the NEC work closely with other members of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) where there is strong collaboration between the groups on cross-cutting themes in science and technology on the nanoscale, with experiments backed up by advanced simulation.
For more details on each of our main areas of research please take a look below.
Flexible organic solar cells
Hybrid SCs offer numerous application possibilities. They can be rolled and used as a lightweight solar charger or integrated in the facades and windows of buildings improving the aesthetic appearance while generating green electricity at low cost.
Nanofabrication and characterisation
Printed and flexible electronics
At the NEC we work with a wide range of nanomaterials for device applications such as Field-Effect Transistor (FETs), Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), Photovoltaics (PVs) and Sensors.
Conjugated polymers field-effect transistors
Polymer field-effect transistors (FETs) are promising candidates for the fabrication of low-cost electronic circuits and pixel drivers, due to the potential of depositing all device elements from solution into layered thin-film structures and onto flexible substrates. References: S. Georgakopoulos, D. Sparrowe, F. Meyer, M. Shkunov, “Stability of top- and bottom-gate amorphous polymer field-effect transistors”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 243507, 2010.
Gesture sensors and user interaction
Optical detection of user interaction with physical objects fomrs the basis of the current EPSRC project "Next Generation Paper", a collaboration between Surrey, The Open University and VTT, Finland. Using a mix of optical sensing, printed electronics and flexible hybrid integration of computing and energy management components, the project aims to create new means of bridging the gap between physical and digital content, with an intuitive control interface.