University of Cambridge, Dept of Engineering

University of Cambridge, Dept of Engineering

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Cambridge University Engineering Department, which was rated as a 5* Department in the last Research Assessment Exercise, has been carrying out research in thin film transistors based on amorphous silicon and other inorganic materials for more than ten years. It has a state-of-the-art clean facility within the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics. This includes 160 m2 of Class 10,000 laboratories which houses a range of deposition systems for producing a diverse range of materials including metallic thin films, amorphous silicon, high-k dielectrics, carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires. There is a further 140 m2 of Class 1,000 laboratories which includes processing facilities for 1 µm photolithography and nanoparticle-polymer composite processing. Finally, there is 140 m2 of Class 100 laboratories which includes a rapid thermal annealer, deep reactive ion etch system, liquid crystal processing facility, 0.5 µm double-sided mask aligner and an e-beam lithography system.
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2019
2 Dec

innoLAE 2020: Breakthrough Technologies and New Applications

The 6th Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE) returns to the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge, UK on 21-22 January 2020, to deliver a programme highlighting the most innovative and exciting aspects of large-area electronics (LAE) - a new way of making electronics which includes printable, flexible, plastic, organic and bio- electronics.
13 Nov

'Messy' Production of Perovskite Material Increases Solar Efficiency

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material's use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.
25 Oct

Artificial Leaf Successfully Produces Clean Gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.
7 Oct

Plextek Ltd

IDTechEx spoke to Dr Nigel Whittle, Head of Healthcare & Medical at Plextek. This company is ISO13485-certified, was founded in 1988 and employs circa 70 technologists. It develops electronic devices revolving around sensing, data collection & communications. It often works with clients to aid in the development of their product.
7 Oct

Healthcare Sensor Innovations Cambridge 2019

IDTechEx's Healthcare Sensor Innovations was held in the University of Cambridge's Clare College on September 25th and 26th, 2019. This was the first edition of the annual Healthcare Sensor Innovations event.
30 Sep

Alibaba unveils its own AI chip

Alibaba Group plans to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip, which has potential for use in autonomous driving, smart cities and smart logistics. In addition to this, the Academy will boost its R&D in AI chips for training on the cloud and for IOT applications.
24 Sep

Healthcare Meets Electronics: Event Assesses the Opportunities

Registrations for the inaugural Healthcare Sensors Innovation event in Cambridge on 25-26 September is exceeding all expectations and nears venue capacity. The event is successfully bringing together the linchpins of the healthcare industry with the electronics industry to explore the opportunity in two specific areas: point of care diagnostics and continuous monitoring.
21 Aug

Breakthrough in glass-free OLCD technology enables bezel-less displays

FlexEnable, the leader in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, has revealed an ultra-narrow border organic LCD (OLCD).
19 Aug

Machine learning to help develop self-healing robots that 'feel pain'

Researchers will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project.
16 Aug

Machine learning tool improves tracking of tiny moving particles

Scientists have developed an automated tool for mapping the movement of particles inside cells that may accelerate research in many fields.
11 Jul

Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers.
12 Jun

CNI Laser

CNI are a photonic products manufacturer specialising in laser diodes. CNI area a key player in the global laser diodes market.
31 May

'Submarines' small enough to deliver medicine inside human body

Engineers have shown that micro-submarines powered by nano-motors could navigate the human body to provide targeted drug delivery to diseased organs without the need for external stimulus.
29 May

Graphene incorporated into fabric for washable, wearable power source

The devices could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications.
21 May

Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35 percent

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown.
20 May

Leech inspired wall climbing robot

Researchers have successfully developed a leech-shaped robot which can climb vertical walls.
20 May

Washable, wearable battery-like devices woven directly into clothes

Washable, wearable 'batteries': based on cheap, safe and environmentally-friendly inks and woven directly into fabrics, have been developed.
15 May

Smallest pixels ever created could light up colour-changing buildings

The smallest pixels yet created - a million times smaller than those in smartphones, made by trapping particles of light under tiny rocks of gold - could be used for new types of large-scale flexible displays, big enough to cover entire buildings.
26 Mar

PicoQuant

PicoQuant are a manufacturer of photonic products and pulsed laser diode modules are a key product group.
22 Mar

Cambridge spin-out starts producing graphene at commercial scale

A recent University of Cambridge spin-out company, Paragraf, has started producing graphene - a sheet of carbon just one atomic layer thick - at up to eight inches (20cm) in diameter, large enough for commercial electronic devices.