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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 provides 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 competitions

Annual PhD Thesis Competition

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

Find out more about the Annual PhD Thesis Competition

Phil Buckle Research Communication Competition

This competition, named in memory of lecturer and researcher Phil Buckle, invites PhD students attending the UK Semiconductors conference to give a three-minute presentation suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining their thesis.

Find out more about the Phil Buckle Research Communication Competition

Group events

Find events for the Semiconductor Physics Group

Useful links

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

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

Committee and contacts

ChairDr Matthew Halsall, CPhys FInstP
SecretaryDr Edmund Clarke, MInstP
TreasurerDr John Mullins, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberProfessor Govind Gupta, FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Ruomeng Huang, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Fabien Massabuau, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Yasir Noori, CEng CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Juan Pereiro Viterbo, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Ian Sandall, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Manoj Saxena, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Adam Wright, MInstP
Early Career PhysicistDr Dimitars Jevtics

Email: [email protected]