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Nanotechnology

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Why Study Nanotechnology?

  • We are one of the very few universities in the UK to offer hands-on time fabricating devices in a clean room environment and operator time on laser micro-machining equipment.
  • We have developed a course of study which delivers an in-depth understanding of these disciplines and also offers the opportunity for hands-on experience in Nanotechnology and Microfabrication, provided through a carefully selected sequence of modules and projects.
  • Our degree programmes cover all aspects of nanotechnology, including device design, fabrication and measurements. Our nanofabrication facilities situated in our semiconductor microfabrication cleanroom, together with the collective expertise of our staff in nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nanofabrication offers a unique combination of theoretic and practical training to prepare students for a successful career in this exciting field of work.
  • We have a long history of expertise in electronic engineering and now offer a particularly rich range of modules.
  • Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked 4th in the UK for Research Outputs.
  • We have a strong research base in optoelectronics, communications, data storage systems, microelectronics, bioelectronics and materials science, control systems and instrumentation.
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. As well as large, well equipped teaching laboratories, we have several research laboratory areas.
  • We offer a lively community with well-equipped computer rooms using industry-standard software and its own reference library.

You will be taught by staff who are experienced electronic engineers and who maintain links with industry to ensure that courses reflect recent developments.

Career Opportunities in Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology and Microfabrication offers an effective combination of physical science, mathematical simulation and hands-on experience in microfabrication skills and will prepare you for a wide range of career options, as well as opportunities for further PhD study. Companies working in the high-speed electronics, integrated photonics and bioengineering will constantly require highly trained staff in the Nanotechnology and Microfabrication fields. Some graduates will design the latest version of telecommunications chips, while others will develop new photonic chips for LIDAR and self-driving cars. The biosensing and bioengineering arena, in particular, is constantly in need of expertise spanning across the areas mentioned above.

Studying nanotechnology requires a great deal of specialist research equipment, these skills are highly specialised and extremely desirable to employers. We have a long history of electronics and photonics expertise and the infrastructure, to allow us to deliver such specialised degrees.

Our Research in Nanotechnology

Our Photonic and Communications research extends from nanometre scale semiconductor devices to sensors for biomedical applications. We explore large scale optical communication systems which enable data to be transferred at 40 Gigabytes per second.  We conduct research in a number of key photonic research areas and collaborate with universities in Germany, Russia, US, Vietnam and China.  

Related research activities at Bangor include nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nano-optomechanics, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), nanofabrication, laser microfabrication, metamaterials, optical fibre sensors, graphene and other 2D materials, bioelectrics, microfluidics and flexible electronics.

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