Dr Radu Sporea is a Lecturer in Power Electronics and Semiconductor Devices at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI). Prior to this appointment he was Royal Academy of Engineering Academic Research Fellow (2011-2016), EPSRC PhD+ Fellow (2010-2011) and PhD researcher (2006 - 2010) in the same centre.
After studying Computer Systems Engineering at “Politehnica” University, Bucharest, Romania, Radu has worked as a Junior Design Engineer for Catalyst Semiconductor Romania, now part of ON Semiconductor.
Radu enjoys travel photography and public engagement in Science.
- Admissions Tutor for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Undergraduate final year project supervision
- EE Athena Swan committee
- Local community engagement committee
- Public engagement and outreach in Engineering
- Nuffield/SATRO Research Placement host
- Secretary of UK and Ireland committee, Society for Information Display, SID
- The Electrochemical Society - ECS
- Technical Program Committee member for ESSDERC
- Technical Program Committee member for ITC
- Technical Program Committee member for CAD-TFT.
- Reviewer for several IEEE, IOP and RSC journals
2018 - Royal Society International Exchange Grant (Italy) - £11,800
2018 - EPSRC New Investigator Award - £244,000
2017 - EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grant for Nanomanufacturing - £1,200,000
2017 - EPSRC Next Generation Paper - £953,000
2015 - ICURe Innovation to Commercialisation Grant - £32,000
2014 - Impact Acceleration Account - £25,000
2013 - Santander Postgraduate Research Award with SJTU, China - £4,800
2012 - Santander Staff Mobility Award - £1,700
2012 - Santander Postgraduate Research Award with SJTU, China - £3,950
2011 - RAEng Academic Research Fellowship - £460,000
2010 - EPSRC PhD Plus - £48,000
Public engagement in Science
Occasionally, Radu will write, present and produce short Science films, see YouTube.
Radu has organised and presented talks at Cheltenham and the British Science Festivals, and was awarded the I K Brunel Award and Lecture for Engineering and Technology by the British Science Association in 2015. He is Recorder of the Engineering Section of the British Science Association.
He has served as scientific advisor on the BBC Series “Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity” presented by Surrey's Prof Jim Al-Khalili.
Radu was a participant in the 2012 edition of Famelab. He has performed on and presented at Pint of Sicence, Café Scientifique, Science Showoff, Bright Club and Pecha Kucha Guildford.He appeared on BBC4's "Some Boffins with Jokes". He occassionaly performs improvised science comedy with Mark Richardson as "Just Enough Doctorate to Perform".
Areas of specialism
Electronic devices and circuits;
Flexible and printed electronics;
Manufacturability and reliability of electronics;
Modelling and simulation;
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Current research focuses on power-efficient, cost-effective large-area electronics in organic and inorganic semiconductor technologies. Most of the work is based on the concept of source-gated transistor(SGT), a device invented at Surrey by Prof Shannon and collaborators.
Previous results in polysilicon and amorphous silicon devices highlight the performance benefits of SGTs: higher amplification and lower energy requirements in certain circuit configurations.
Now, using solution-processed semiconductor technologies we aim to create large-area flexible and possibly transparent electronic circuits which are very resilient to process variations and can be made without the complex tools required by conventional material deposition and photolithography processes.
We rely on Dimatix ink jet printing of conductive nanoparticle inks, semiconducting polymers or small molecules and insulators to create organic transistors (OFET and OSGT) and circuits on a variety of inexpensive transparent and flexible substrates such as PEN or PET.
The flip side of the research activity is represented by computer simulation and modelling of device physics and circuit design using the SILVACO suite (Atlas, Athena, MixedMode) for analog and mixed signal applications.
- Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey, UK
- University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
- CNR-IMM, Rome, Italy
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
- Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, UK
- Altro Ltd., UK
- NeuDrive Ltd., UK
- Silvaco Ltd., UK
Radu was University of Surrey's 2017 Early Career Teacher of the Year.
Please email me to discuss undergraduate admissions matters. I, or one of my colleagues, would be happy to show you our facilities if you wish to arrange a campus visit. To get the most of the experience, consider visiting for an Open Day or Applicant Day.
Please email me to arrange a convenient time to meet. Briefly outline the topics for discussion.
- EEE1034 - Electrical Science I
- EEE1028 - First year undergraduate EEE labs
- EEE2038 - Electronics and Power Systems
- Final year research project
Past teaching contributions
Postgraduate research supervision
- Miss Barbara Salonikidou
- Mr Andrea Marsella
- Mr Ashveer Stott
Topics for future UG, Msc and PhD projects
- Paper-based electronics and unconventional user interfaces
- Analog computation, near-zero-power electronics, hardware learning and AI
- Organic and inorganic advanced devices and circuits for sensors and IoT
- Simulation and modelling of electronic devices and circuits
- Reliability and manufacturability of electronic devices and circuits
Joining the team
I am looking for dedicated and ambitious individuals to join my team. Please email to discuss. Attach a CV, specify your interest and availability to join. Highlight achievements that you are particularly proud of, and write a short paragraph on your ideal research project at Surrey.
Queries about the admissions processed will find answers on the Faculty postgraduate pages.