Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

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Heriot Watt University


In beautiful parkland 6 miles to the west of Edinburgh, close to the airport, Heriot-Watt University is located on the Riccarton campus. It has been designed as a model of how a modern university campus can look and operate. The Riccarton estate was the historic home of the Gibson-Craig family and strong reminders of the family's love of trees, plants and landscaping remain. The sleek low rise buildings are surrounded by mature woods and playing fields, and at their centre is a striking loch. To one side lies the expanding Research Park, which makes industry a part of campus life, indeed Heriot-Watt has always had a strong business focus

The Riccarton Campus houses petroleum and offshore engineering research, the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, and the newly founded National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), all of special significance for the Scottish economy.

Heriot-Watt is a vibrant and exciting University that recognises that what matters is the people within. From its inception as the Edinburgh School of Arts in 1821 it was designed to enable 'industrious tradesmen to become acquainted with such principles of science as are of practical application with their several trades'

Heriot Watt University

The University was established by Royal Charter in 1966 and today is the most commercially diversified of all British Universities, a leading provider of scientific and technical solutions to business and industry


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Exploring and understanding the physical nature of the world about us has always been an exciting challenge for the physicist. Here at Heriot-Watt University, Delegates will learn analytical and experimental skills relevant to the needs of modern industry - taught by highly-skilled, research-active academic staff who have strong links with industry. The Department is strongly research oriented with very wide ranging interests, it is at the forefront of British academic research in semiconductors, laser physics and optical computing.


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The Department is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, it offers a unique environment for teaching and research within Scotland. Currently there are in excess of 50 academic staff, ably supported by technical and clerical staff. The department is well equipped with modern electrical, electronic and computing hardware and software, and has a number of specialist facilities associated with research activities.


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Located within the school is the Department of Business Organisation, which is able to offer education in the many facets of 'Management', from economics to marketing, from production control to quality assurance. We are lucky in having experts in all the specialities with a thoroughly modern and flexible approach to training. The Department is currently conducting pioneering work in management, engineering and science, we take pride in the achievements of our graduates and the Schools' part in their success


The Departments of Business Management, Physics and Computing & Electrical Engineering, have all been involved with the development of the IGDS Programme and also with development of Module 7 'Production Management'. Additionally they are lecturing on Module 12 'Etch' and Module 16 'Device Operation & Process Architectures'


Professor John I B WilsonProfessor John I B Wilson was promoted to a personal chair in Materials Processing in the Physics Department in 1996. He obtained his PhD from Durham University in 1971 for research into thin-film CdS for solar cells, and moved to St Andrews University between 1971 and 1974 where he worked on ZnSe LEDs as Wolfson Fellow. In 1975 he was appointed Wolfson Fellow in the Physics Department at Heriot-Watt University to investigate thin film solar cells. This research was extended to plasma-deposited amorphous silicon alloys for various applications, whilst a Research Associate in the same department, and he was appointed Lecturer in 1982. This was followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer in 1984 and to Reader in 1989. He is at present the Course Director of MPhys and BSc Applied Physics courses and involved in Heriot-Watt's research initiative in microsystems, MITEC. Other collaborative projects with the Departments of Chemistry and of Chemical & Mechanical Engineering include microwave plasma deposition of diamond and rf plasma deposition of polymer films. He continues to work on photovoltaics (with the University of Northumbria) as well as other aspects of plasma processing of materials.

John has supervised over 20 PhD students, published ~140 papers and a book, and acted as consultant for a variety of companies and institutions both in the UK and elsewhere. He is currently UK Regional Editor of physica status solidi for Wiley-VCH. He is a Member of the Institute of Physics and of the IoP Vacuum Group Committee, a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and a member of the British Association of Crystal Growth. Outside the University, John is also Managing Director of DILAB Limited, which is developing microwave plasma equipment and applications of CVD diamond coatings.

Professor Wilson will be involved with the delivery of Module 12 'Etching: Physics & Chemistry' at the University of Glasgow

Mr James RitchieMr. James Ritchie is a professional Chartered Engineer and lectures in Design, Manufacture and Manufacturing Management in the Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has published over 60 papers, including two textbooks, in a wide range of engineering design and manufacture areas. His special research interests include: (i) the application of immersive virtual reality for cable harness design, mechanical assembly and knowledge elicitation; (ii) the use of Taguchi methods in the food industry; (iii) laser processing of materials; and (iv) the use of business process improvement tools in mechanical design processes. He has also been project co-ordinator for a major European TEMPUS project as well as being involved with a number of Teaching Company programmes. He is currently the Academic Director of his department's Advanced Manufacturing Unit. Mr. Ritchie will be taking part in Module 7 'Production Management'


Details relating to the following members of staff from Partner Institutions, who will be participating in the Modules presented at Heriot-Watt, may be found under the relevant Partners' information section.

Module 7 - Production Management:

Professor Anthony Walton, Dr Tom Stevenson, Dr A Gundlach, and Dr Ian Graham all from the University of Edinburgh. Plus industrial experts: Andy Stables - Freescale Semiconductors, David Law and Alasdair McGibbon - National Microelectronics Institute, Robin Thompson - Raytheon, Jim Canning - National Semiconductor, David McNicol - 3tplus



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The main library is open 90.00 - 21.45 Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday and 10.00 - 20.00 on Sunday during term time, and 09.15 - 20.00 Monday - Thursday, 09.15 - 17.00 Friday during the vacations. Borrowing of books is possible using a University ID Card, which will be arranged for Delegates by the Module Convenor. The library has made special arrangements for distance learning, the Computer & Electrical Engineering faculty librarian is Nancy Sprague (e-mail: who will be able to deal with any specific subject queries. A new SHEFC-supported extension to the University library is providing one hundred and fifty study spaces additional to the existing six hundred and fifty seats. Apart from books and journals, the library provides access to electronic information resources on the network or CD-ROM.


Card operated photocopiers are available in the library on Levels 2 and 4. Cards may be purchased from the copy card dispensers located within the library. These cards will operate most of the public copiers throughout the University. Additionally these facilities will be available within the Department of Computing and Electrical Engineering.

Computer access

Computing by PC or workstation is networked across campus, and via the Edinburgh/Stirling MAN, and also the UK academic network (JANET) to the worldwide Internet. Multimedia and interactive learning techniques provide an increasing range of materials for postgraduates. Delegates will be given computer access passwords by their Module Convenor.


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It is expected that accommodation will be in the Royal Terrace Hotel, Edinburgh Conference Centre located in the city centre. The hotel has a swimming pool and excercise room, as well as being excellently located for exploring this beautiful city, should time allow.


Morning and afternoon tea/coffee will be brought to the lecture room and lunches will be provided in a restaurant adjacent to the Scool of Management. Also there is a wide choice of informal cafes and bars on the campus.



Should Delegates either have the energy or indeed the time, the University boasts excellent sporting facilities. The Centre for Sport & Fitness welcomes guests and offers the latest equipment, squash, tennis and badminton courts, a jogging circuit and all weather sports pitches.

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Mrs Sandra Peace
IGDS Programme Co-ordinator
IGDS Office
School of Electronics & Physical Sciences
University of Surrey

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