Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

Mission Statement
About this Postgraduate Programme
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Industry Partners
Modules within the Programme
Frequently Asked Questions
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Manchester is a vibrant, multi-cultural city, located in the north west of England, with excellent connections by road, rail and air. From 1330 when Flemish immigrants started cotton wool manufacture, Manchester became the world's most dynamic cotton and textile centre, an incredible industrial hub and gradually developed as an important centre of learning. Manchester was the home of Joule, it was where Rutherford split the atom and Bragg spent his most fruitful years. It was at the University that the world's first stored programme computer was conceived and made and where the world's first radio telescope was constructed. Today Manchester is home to one of Europe's largest educational complexes embracing three Universities, teaching hospitals and a Science Park.

The origins of the University of Manchester go back to the early nineteenth century and the days of the industrial revolution. It was originally founded as the Manchester Mechanics Institute in 1824 to provide technical education and training for the region's rapidly growing industry. In 1905 it was incorporated as the Faculty of Technology within the Victoria University of Manchester and in 1994 received its own Royal Charter as an independent University.

Today Manchester has developed and grown into one of the UK's major universities. In recent years, the university has been honoured by two Queen's Awards for Export Achievement; two Prince of Wales' Awards for Innovation, and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1996 and 1998. Manchester has specialist interest in science, engineering, technology, management and languages, with a strong emphasis on research and a belief that a research-orientated atmosphere is of benefit to the quality of the teaching and learning process. It has a long-standing international reputation, 22% of its students come from some 80 countries. UMIST is a major provider of graduates and of research and consultancy services with strong and special links with industry and commerce.


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The school is at the heart of the microchip revolution embracing teaching and research ranging from the atomic scale of electronic materials through to electronic systems design. In 1964 it established the UK's first courses at Master's level in semiconductor science, materials and devices It has a world wide reputation for its excellence in research and is one of the largest electrical and electronics departments in the country with first class teaching and research facilities. The well-equipped laboratories include clean-rooms, molecular beam epitaxy and a substantial investment in equipment for the assesment of semiconductor materials and device structures. The department also has excellent CAD facilities with SUN workstations running Cadence Design Framework II integrated circuit design soft-ware.


The School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering is acting as the convenor for Module 6 'Measurement Techniques. Staff from the School are also participating in the development and delivery of Module 1 ' Introduction to IC Technology' and Module 14 'Oxides for sub 100nm Technologies'

The following information outlines the arrangements which have been made for the programme at Manchester, in relation to facilities and accommodation; and also importantly, gives an overview about the academic staff from Manchester presenting the Modules here, along with those academics contributing to Modules being convened by other partner institutions.


Professor A R PeakerProfessor A R Peaker D.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., C.Phys is Director of the Centre for Electronic Materials at the University of Manchester. He joined Manchester in 1975 after spending 8 years with the semiconductor manufacturer Ferranti in scientific, engineering and managerial roles. While at Manchester he has been seconded to Monsanto (St Louis) to develop new assessment techniques for silicon materials and to CNRS (Grenoble) to study defects in silicon. He has also acted as a consultant to the semiconductor device and instrumentation industries on a regular basis. He is author of over 200 publications related to this field and is the originator of 8 semiconductor patents.

His current research interests are point and extended defects in semiconductors, novel opto-electronic devices and instrumentation for the semiconductor industry including computational aspects of intelligent instruments. For many years his principal research activity has been the study of recombination-generation processes. This includes work on a range of semiconductor materials, opto-electronic devices, silicon power semiconductors and integrated circuits including sub-micron DRAM. He has co-ordinated two major European projects under the ESPRIT Basic Research and COPERNICUS programmes.

He has had a substantial involvement with advanced courses in the field of semiconductors for many years. These include modules on semiconductor assessment taught at master's level at Manchester, organiser of NATO summer schools, UNESCO courses and a long-term role as lecturer and tutor on the European CEI courses.

Professor Peaker is the Academic Convenor for the Manchester Module 6: 'Measurement Techniques and Failure Analysis' and will also participate on Module 1: 'Introduction to IC Technology' at the University of Edinburgh and Module 14: 'Oxides for sum 100nm Technologies'

Dr Ian HawkinsDr Ian D Hawkins has a 2:1 Electronics BEng from Liverpool University and a PhD from Manchester (on the investigation of semiconductors by capacitance voltage and related techniques). He has developed equipment and instrumentation for conventional and Laplace DLTS measurements. Dr Hawkins has researched the SiGe system (and undertook some numerical modelling to extract paramaters from C-V data), and is involved with the Manchester Solid State group's current Erbium in Silicon and Hydrogen in Silicon work. He has also developed instrumentation for LIDAR, dynamic light scattering, UHF propagation studies and a video transmission over fibre project.

Dr Ursel BangertDr Ursel Bangert has been a lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Physics at Manchester since 1993, where she carries out electron- and scanned-probe-microscopy research including the use of the Manchester/Liverpool STEM facility and a newly acquired STM equipped with photonprobe at Manchester. Her research interests include the atomic arrangement and stability of III-V compound alloys, strain relaxation mechanisms in strained layer systems and the correlation of microstructural and electro-optic properties. Prior to this appointment she held an SERC Advanced Fellowship at the University of Surrey, where she studied the role of microstructural defects in the electro-optic performance of semiconductor devices. During the period prior to the Advanced Fellowship and after her PhD (obtained from Koln University), she was a Research Fellow at Surrey University, where she worked in the general area of microstructural characterisation of semiconductor materials.


Getting to the University of Manchester


The University of Mancherster is a five-minute walk from Manchester's main rail terminal (Piccadilly) and long distance bus station. Trains from the airport take 15 mins and run every 15 mins to Piccadilly station. Delegates are strongly advised not to come by car as the university is situated close to the City Centre and parking in the vicinity may be impossible or extremely expensive. However for those who have no other possibility there is a multi-story car park on campus which is available at a daily fee although no guarantee of a place can be made.



The University of Manchester's Library and Information Service is concentrated in the Joule Library which houses a collection of over a quarter of a million books. More than 1000 periodicals are received annually. There are a large number of networked PCs and a good collection of CD-ROM databases accessible over the campus network. Access is also provided to a large number of remote computer-held databases. All delegates will have access to the library facilities and can use facilities remotely via. dial-up.


Photocopiers are available for use in the library operated by a pre-payment card system Delegates who wish to photocopy periodicals etc simply use vending machines in the library to add cash value to their registration smart card.

Computing Facilities


Delegates will have access to a wide range of computing facilities based on PC and UNIX systems computer support staff will be available to provide help and advice.


Delegates will be accommodated in a city centre hotel within easy walking distance of the university.


The campus contains a full range of catering facilities from full service high-class restaurants to snack bars and a Cyber Café. Outside campus, Manchester is renowned for its excellent restaurants from almost every conceivable ethnic tradition.



If you have time Manchester is able to offer a wide variety of sporting and recreational activities. For full details please visit the web-site.

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IGDS Office
School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey

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