Semiconductor Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the Semiconductor Physics Group 

Semiconductor physics is a major area of condensed matter science and forms the core of modern solid-state device technology.

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are a forum for industrial and university researchers interested in the physics, preparation and application of semiconducting materials, nanostructures and devices. 

Our large membership comes from a broad range of backgrounds that often extend beyond physics to electronics, chemistry, and materials science. 

What the group does

We have always interacted closely with industrial and government funding bodies.

The community we represent broadens understanding of solids, at the quantum mechanical level, when electrons are confined in potentials with reduced dimensionality at nano-scale, and the carrier movement is restricted to one or two dimensions. This is the main focus for our research.

There is a new range of new solid-state devices. These range from a single photon sources to a novel solar cell with high efficiency. Production is based on recent discoveries in this field. Many more potential devices have been proposed at conceptual or prototype level. 

Our group provide umbrella for device technologists to interact with scientists and to explore fundamental aspects of the field. A forum where ideas can be exchanged is particularly important at this time.

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Group physics prizes and competitions 

IOP competition - Annual PhD Thesis Competition

The annual thesis prize is for the PhD thesis that makes the strongest contribution to the understanding and development of semiconductor physics and technology. 

The prize is £350 and the winner is invited to present a talk at the UK Semiconductors Conference.


Applications are open to students from a UK or Irish institution who took a PhD examination between 1 August 2018 and the deadline for submissions. 

The submission deadline is 1 November 2019

The thesis subject must be related to semiconductors and at least one of these categories:

  • physics of semiconductors
  • optoelecronic devices
  • electronic devices
  • semiconductor materials and nanostructures
  • mid-IR and THz devices
  • organics, organic-inorganic hybrid semiconductors and perovskites
  • 2D semiconducting materials and devices
  • semiconductor quantum technology

Submissions should include:

  • student’s CV, including publication list
  • PDF of PhD thesis document
  • one page (A4) citation from the PhD supervisor, including confirmation of the date of PhD examination, that the student passed and whether the thesis has also been submitted to another IOP group for a PhD thesis prize
  • one page (A4) summary of the major achievements in the PhD thesis written by the PhD supervisor

Send enquiries and submissions with supporting documents, preferably as PDFs, to

We liaise with other groups to make sure that applicants are not awarded more than one of our group prizes. 

The PhD thesis is judged by an expert panel to assess its:

  • contribution to the state-of-the-art
  • research impact
  • originality
  • complexity
  • suitability of methodology and analysis
  • clarity of main question
  • clarity of structure and writing

Email: Juan Pereiro Viterbo

Group events

Find group events on the IOP events portal.

Useful links

The Semiconductors Direct Information Website is regularly updated with links to:

  • suppliers
  • data sheets
  • organisations
  • list of conferences
  • semiconductor research laboratories

Committee and contacts

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