Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques

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University of Wales, Cardiff


Cardiff was declared the capital city of Wales by her Majesty the Queen in 1955 and is home to many of the country's national institutions, including the acclaimed Welsh National Opera; the National Museum and Gallery of Wales; the Welsh Institute of Sport and National Stadium; the new National Athletic Stadium; and the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum. The legendary Cardiff Arms Park has been transformed into the striking new Millennium Stadium. The city provides a first-class environment in which to live and study. With a population of 300,000 it combines the practical advantages of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of a modern and successful capital.


Cardiff is an extremely accessible city, benefiting from excellent road and rail communications, as well as having its own international airport.

Cardiff's reputation as one of Britain's six cities of elegance arises from its remarkable Civic Centre, regarded as being a world-ranking example of civic architecture.

With a history spanning over 2,000 years, reflected in the city centre castle which was founded in Roman times, going on to become a Norman stronghold, before being transformed into a glittering mansion in the 19th century by Lord Bute, the wealthy owner of Cardiff's booming docklands, which became the busiest coal-exporting port in the world.

Just a few minuteswalk from the city centre, the University of Cardiff is located in and around the Portland stone buildings and is one of Britain's major centres of higher education. The University has a history of service and achievement which dates from the establishment of the University of South Wales and Monmouthshire in 1883. It has its own Royal Charter and has virtual autonomy as the largest constituent part of the federal University of Wales.

Cardiff's standing as a leading university institution is indicated by the breadth and strengths of its international links. Formal and informal links exist with major universities on virtually every continent, providing opportunities for collaborative research and the exchange of staff and students. With over 15,000 students, the University offers a wide range of opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in 23 departments.


Tel: 029 20874975 Fax: 029 20875901

The school is housed in the Queen's Buildings, Cardiff's 30 million modern, purpose-built engineering complex, providing outstanding facilities for both teaching and research. In the latest research assessment exercise the School achieved the grades of 5A, 5A and 4A respectively, for its three units of assessment Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering. With over 95% of our staff involved in nationally and internationally renowned research, the Cardiff School of Engineering is one of the top engineering establishments in Britain. The Department of Electrical Engineering contains the Electrical Machines, Drives and Pulsed Power, High Voltage Engineering and Wolfson Centre for Magnetics Technology research groups.

The staff at the Cardiff Semiconductor and Microelectronics Centre have over thirteen years of experience in the area of semiconductor technology and device physics. The Centre has a class 1000 Clean Room with Class 100 under the laminar flow hoods. The Clean Room facility is equipped with a full range of device and integrated circuit technology facilities including Electron Beam sub-micron lithography, Reactive Ion Etching and Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition facilities. Associated with the Clean Room are extensive facilities for material and device characterisation (electrical, physical and optical).

The Centre for High Frequency Design and Characterisation is the creation of a partnership between Agilent technologies (formerly the test and measurement arm of Hewlett Packard) and the Electronic Systems Group at Cardiff University School of Engineering. The centre represents a considerable investment in new technology and design services on the part of Agilent and the University. The aim of the centre is to provide innovative design, measurement and characterisation solutions for high frequency applications. The centre has a range of industrial customers who take advantage of the combination of highly skilled researchers and an extensive range of measurement equipment and CAD tools for high frequency engineering.


Staff from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering are also involved with the development and delivery of Module 3 'Layer Deposition and Diffusion at the University of Southampton and Module 12 'Etching' at the University of Glasgow


Professor David Vernon MorganProfessor David Vernon Morgan FREng, CEng, FIEE, F Inst P, FCGI, was appointed Professor of Electronic Engineering at Cardiff in 1984 and has a current involvement in senior university management, teaching and research. He has been Head of Electronics since 1988, Head of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering School 1992, Head of School of Engineering since 1995 with full responsibility for an annual budget in excess of 10 million. He has led the Cardiff School of Engineering to its most successful Research Assessment performance to date (RAE96):Grade 5A Civil; 4A Electrical & Electronic and 5A Mechanical. Professor Morgan has experience of leadership through involvement with EPSRC, UGC teaching Auditor, Ministry of Defence, IEE and IOP. He gained an outstanding technical paper award 8th International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Nancy, France (1988), was elected to Bohmische Physical Society 'for outstanding contributions to the field of particle-solid interactions' (1979), and an Invited Panel Member, Research Assessment Exercise 2001. Professor Morgan will be participating in the delivery of Module 3 'Layer Deposition and Diffusion' being convened by the University of Southampton



Web-site: centres/trevithick/
Tel: 01222 874286 Fax: 01222 874209

The Trevithick Resource Centre primarily serves the needs of the School of Engineering. It provides access to: books, journals, lecture notes, CD-ROMs, videos and computer software on subjects relating to those fields. Term time opening hours are:

08.45 - 21.30 Monday - Friday,
10.00 - 17.30 Saturday:
12.00 - 17.00 Sunday.

Please enquire directly for specific vacation opening times. Specialist advisory staff are available for consultation, usually between 08.45 and 17.00 Monday to Friday


The Trevithick Resource Centre has five self-service photocopiers including one full-colour machine, there is a Cashcard attached to each machine. Photocopying facilities are also available within the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

Computer access

The Trevithick Resource Centre has over 40 networked multi-purpose PCs and most networked workstations have laser-printers which are available 24 hours a day. There are also computers available within the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, computer access will be arranged for Delegates by their Director of Studies.


Tel: Talybont Sports Village - 0122 874675.
Park Place Fitness Centre 0122 876706

The University has extensive and modern sports facilities catering for all interests. Full details may be found on either the web-site of by telephoning one of the centres above.

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School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey

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