Semiconductor Physics Group Annual PhD Thesis Competition

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

Terms of reference

The Committee of the Institute of Physics Semiconductor Group offers an annual thesis prize for the author of the PhD thesis that makes the strongest contribution, in the opinion of the committee, to the understanding and development of semiconductor physics and technology.

The prize will consist of £250 and an invitation to present at the UK Semiconductors Conference.


Applications for the prize are open to all students from an institution in the UK or Ireland.

The thesis subject must be related to semiconductors, falling into at least one of the following categories:

  • physics in semiconductors
  • optical devices
  • electronic devices
  • semiconductor materials and nanostructures
  • mid-IR and THz
  • organics, organic-inorganic hybrid semiconductors and perovskites
  • semiconductor quantum technology


The deadline for the next edition of the prize will be announced in due course.

Submission format

  • Student’s CV, including publication list.
  • PDF of PhD thesis document.
  • A 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.
  • A one page (A4) summary of the major achievements included in the PhD thesis written by the PhD supervisor.
  • Entries (PDF documents preferred) and any queries should be submitted by email.

Candidates should note that if a similar thesis prize is offered by another IOP group (such as the Computational Physics Group), the Committee intends to liaise with that group so that both prizes will not be awarded to the same applicant.


The PhD thesis will be judged by an expert panel according to the following criteria:

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


Juan Pereiro Viterbo – [email protected]

Previous winners


Dr Adam Wright Semiconductor Physics Group PhD Competition winner 2020

Dr Adam Wright, University of Oxford

Electronic Processes in Metal Halide Perovskites.


Dr Mojtaba Abdi Jalebi

Dr Mojtaba Abdi Jalebi, University of Cambridge

Chemical Modifications and Passivation Approaches in Metal Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.


Dr James Palles-Dimmock, Imperial College London

Realisation of Hot Carrier Photovoltaic Cell.