The Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre, within the Materials Department,
was established in 1994 by Professor Whatmore. Since then it has grown to 50
staff and students. The Head of Centre is Dr
Robert Dorey. The Centre runs the innovative Microsystems
and Nanotechnology postgraduate programme.
Research activities span from the development of new functional materials
through to prototyping of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices. The
work conducted is truly multidisciplinary and encompasses the such diverse fields
as microengineering, nanotechnology, biology, materials science, physics and
Excellent in-house facilities are available, including over 100 square metres
of clean room space, extensive analysis, synthesis, electrical and device characterisation
The Centre enjoys close collaboration with industrial sponsors ensuring that
the research carried out in the labs continues to maintain its relevance to
the latest industrial devices and material requirements.