Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

Mission Statement
About this Postgraduate Programme
University Partners
Industry Partners
Modules within the Programme
Frequently Asked Questions
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University of Newcastle

Newcastle is the regional capital of the North East and the thriving centre of its cultural, social, educational and commercial life. It is an attractive historic city, with a rich legacy of Georgian and Victorian buildings. It is also a lively commercial city, which is outward-looking, progressive and cosmopolitan, and proud of its achievements. In recent years its economy has been revitalized by inward investment by leading international companies, recognition not only of the industrial and commercial benefits but also of the high quality of life on offer. Fast links by road and by rail - London can be reached in 2 hours 40 minutes and Edinburgh in 1 hour 30 minutes - and direct flights from Newcastle to London and many major European capitals make it easy for those who live in the city to play a full part in national and international affairs.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne is a long established institution, in the heart of the city. From its origins in the 19th century, based on the Schools of Medicine and Engineering in the University of Durham, the University of Newcastle has grown to become one of the leading U K research universities and has close relationships with regional and national industry. Science and engineering are particular strengths, with the Faculty of Engineering having over 2000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in five major departments. The research ratings of the departments of engineering at Newcastle are amongst the highest in the country.

The University occupies a single site in the centre of the city, and has always been integrated closely into the social, cultural and economic life of the region. It is playing a significant part in the successful economic regeneration of the North East.

Tel: 0191 222 7267 Fax: 0191 222 8180

The School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering and is located in Merz Court near the heart of the city-centre campus.

The School is the leading centre for research in semiconductor technology in the North East of England with an international reputation for current work in high speed deep sub-micron silicon based MOSFETs, interconnect technology and TCAD. Lecture courses on semiconductor technology set in the context of state-of-the-art 0.25 µm CMOS, and VLSI circuit design and testability are already taught on our IEE accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in microelectronics. The Department received a 4b grade in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise and a grade of 21/24 in a 1997 Teaching Quality Assessment. Current members of staff are actively involved in semiconductor processing both at Newcastle and at other research centres and have extensive practical experience of a wide range of fabrication and characterisation techniques.


The School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering is acting as the host institution convening Module 4 'Interconnect and Metallisation' Staff from the department are also involved with the development and delivery of Module 1 'Introduction to IC Technology' at the University of Edinburgh, and also Module 8 'Power Devices and Processes' at the University of Wales Swansea.


Professor Anthony O'NeillProfessor Anthony O'Neill Professor Anthony O'Neill joined Newcastle University in 1986, having previously worked at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd. He is currently Siemens Professor of Microelectronics. In 1994 he was Visiting Scientist at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories of MIT, Cambridge USA. In 2002 He became a Royal Society Industry Fellow, with Atmel North Tyneside Ltd. Professor O'Neill will lecture during the delivery of Module 4 'Interconnect and Metallisation'

Dr Nick G WrightProfessor Nick G Wright joined Newcastle University in 1994 as Research Associate and was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in 1997. He previously completed both his undergraduate and PhD qualifications at Edinburgh University where he worked on the characterisation of a wide range of semiconducting materials using x-ray techniques. He has wide experience of semiconductor processing with particular strengths in SiC processing, implant technology and semiconductor contact processing. He is a co-investigator on the SCEPTRE project with particular responsibility for developing SiC process technology. Professor Wright is the convenor for Module 4 'Interconnect and Metallisation'

Dr Alton Horsfall joined the school in August 1999 as a research associate on the SCEPTRE project. He previously completed his degree and Ph.D. at the physics department at the University of Durham where he investigated the effect of quantum mechanical exchange mechanisms in diluted magnetic semiconductors. Alton then worked for DERA before moving to Newcastle. He is currently involved in the design and fabrication of high temperature electronics systems, with work focusing on MESFET and BSIT devices as part of the work on Silicon Carbide. Alton will lecture during the delivery of Module 4 'Interconnect and Metallisation', and will also take part in Module1 'Introdcution to IC Technoogy' at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor David Kinnement is Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University, having been Professor of Electronics in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering between 1979 and 1998. His background is in computer hardware design at Manchester University where he worked on a number of research computers. He currently works part time, mainly on asynchronous design and design methodology, with Prof Alex Yakovlev in the Computer Science Dept. Projects in this area are supported by the EPSRC, and are concerned with the theory, design, and application of asynchronous controllers and communication mechanisms. The University is also a member of the ACiD EU Network for asynchronous design. Within the EEE Dept he is involved with the EPSRC supported SETNET Semiconductor Test Network. Professor Kinniment will lecture during the delivery of Module 4 'Interconnect and Metallisation'


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

Module 4 - Interconnect and Metallisation:

Professor Anthony Walton and Dr Tom Stevenson from the University of Edinburgh.

Professor John Wilson from Heriot-Watt University



Tel: 0191 222 7662 Fax: 0191 222 6235

The Robinson Library is the main library of the University and houses the engineering section as well as providing a number of facilities.

The engineering liaison librarian is Jenny Wylam who may be contacted by telephone on 0191 222 7640 or by e-mail on

The library is open during term time from:

09.00 - 22.00 Monday to Friday,
09.00 - 16.00 Saturday,
11.00 - 17.30 Sunday.

For specific vacation opening times, please either contact the library by telephone or e-mail.


There are photocopying machines on all floors of the Robinson library and Copycards may be purchased from vending machines on Level 2. There are also photocopying facilities within the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Computer Access

Computers are available at a variety of locations across the campus including the Robinson library. Delegates will also have computer access as required within the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Your Director of Studies will arrange access for you.


It is anticipated that Delegates will have accommodation in an hotel in the city centre a short walk from the university. Details will be confirmed prior to each delivery of this module.



The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport has excellent facilities for a wide variety of sports, amongst which are health & fitness suites, weights rooms, swimming and squash.

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University of Surrey

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