Atoms to Devices
Welcome to 'Atoms to Devices'
The 'Atoms to Devices' (A2D) theme runs accross the Universities of Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Imperial College London. The vision of the A2D Research Area is to provide the underpinning, cross- disciplinary, technology platforms to facilitate and support the accelerated discovery and development of new device materials. Through the deposition of precisely controlled thin films, the engineering of interfaces, and the ability to control doping on the nanoscale, it enables the design of new devices and new technological solutions that underpin a breadth of societal applications.
Introducution and Scope
Atoms to Devices is the quantum scale engineering of new technologies, that can translate into applications ranging from photonics, imaging, semiconductors and sensors, through to energy storage, biomedical materials and quantum technologies.
The research area comprises modelling, design, growth, fabrication, characterisation, and testing of electronic, spintronic and opto-electronic devices.
The common thread that runs through the Atoms to Devices theme is the deposition of thin films, their fabrication into devices, their characterisation both chemically and structurally (XRD, Raman, XPS, EPMA) and their electrical testing, exploring the response of films exposed to electromagnetic fields from DC, through microwave and terahertz, to optical frequencies.
Current and Future Research
- Development of electronic materials for the energy transition to meet net zero carbon targets by 2050, including research into photovoltaics, calorics and thermoelectrics, and low-loss electronics.
- Demonstration of efficient catalysts to support carbon-free hydrogen generation.
- Development of new device paradigms, including ‘chargeless’ electronics, new computing architectures, and quantum technologies.
- Design of bioelectronic sensors to support personalised healthcare, and clinical assessment.
- Development of resource abundant, scalable and recyclable materials.
'Atoms to Devices' University Partners
Atoms to Device Partners
University of Cambridge
Royce at Cambridge is housed in the Maxwell centre. The Maxwell Centre at The University of Cambridge is the centrepiece for industrial engagement with the physical scientists and engineers working on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus. Two-way flow of ideas and researchers adds value when ‘blue-skies’ activities meet research objectives relevant to economic opportunities for industry and society at large.
University of Manchester
The Royce Hub is located at The University of Manchester where facilities support a number of the materials research areas including ‘2D Materials’, ‘Biomedical Materials’, ‘Materials
Systems for Demanding Environments’, ‘Nuclear Materials’, ‘Atoms to Devices’, ‘Advanced Metals Processing’ and ‘Chemical Materials Discovery’. Atoms to Devices activity is primarily delivered through Manchester’s Photon Science Institute located next to the Royce Hub Building.