Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

We will establish the primary global manufacturing research hub for Compound Semiconductors that brings together Academic and Industrial researchers. This will capitalize on existing academic expertise in Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield and UCL and the UK indigenous corporate strength in the key advanced materials technology of Compound Semiconductors.

Cardiff, the Compound Semiconductor Centre and the other spoke universities will provide > £100M of additive capital leverage to the Hub, providing European leading facilities for large scale compound semiconductor epitaxial growth, device fabrication and characterisation enabling the most effective translation of research to manufacturing.

The hub will operate at the necessary scale and with the necessary reach to change the approach of the UK compound semiconductor research community to one focused on starting from research solutions that can be manufactured. It will do this by providing the necessary tools and expertise and will become the missing exploitation link for the UK compound semiconductor research community. It will be a magnet and the driver for high technology industry and will act as the focal point for Europe's 5th Semiconductor Cluster and the 1st dedicated to compound semiconductors. Partners will include local and UK companies and global organisations.

The importance of compound semiconductor technology cannot be overstated. It has underpinned the internet and enabled megatrends such as Smart Phones and Tablets, satellite communications / GPS, Direct Broadcast TV, energy efficient LED lighting, efficient solar power generation, high capacity communication networks, data storage, ground breaking healthcare and biotechnology.

Silicon has supported the information society in the 20th century and dominates memory and processor function, but is reaching fundamental limits. Whilst the combination of Silicon and compound semiconductors will produce a second revolution in the information age, they ar very different materials with, for example, different fundamental lattice constants and different thermal properties and have different device fabrication requirements.

We propose research into large scale Compound Semiconductor manufacturing and in manufacturing integrated Compound Semiconductors on Silicon. The scale of the hub means we can bring together three world leading researchers in the growth of compound semiconductors on Silicon. Each has individually invented different solutions to tackle the silicon / compound semiconductor interface - together they will invent the universal solution. We will solve the scientific challenges in wafer size scale-up, process statistical control and integrated epitaxial growth and processing to facilitate new devices and integrated systems and open up completely new areas of research, only possible with reliable and reproducible fabrication, such as electronically controlled Qubits. We will facilitate the improved communication infrastructure necessary for the connected world and the integrated systems of the Internet of Things. We will produce large area integrated sensor arrays for, e.g. in-process Non-Destructive Testing, further benefiting manufacturing but also improving our safety and security. The key outcomes will be to
1) To radically boost the uptake and application of Compound Semiconductor technology by applying the manufacturing approaches of Silicon to Compound Semiconductors,
2) To exploit the highly advantageous electronic, magnetic, optical and power handling properties of Compound Semiconductors while utilising the cost and scaling advantage of silicon technology where best suited and
3) To generate novel integrated functionality such as sensing, data processing and communication.

Planned Impact

Societal
Compound Semiconductor materials are a Key Enabling Technology underpinning the operation of the internet and enabling emerging megatrends such as Smart Phone usage, satellite communications/GPS, Direct Broadcast TV, energy efficient lighting, efficient solar power generation, advanced healthcare and ground breaking biotechnology. Simply put these technologies support our connected world and the future health of the planet. The next generation of these technologies can only be achieved with the step change in compound semiconductor manufacturing that we will achieve here.
Economic
Our vision is to ensure that the UK's research strength in compound semiconductors will be embedded in manufacturable approaches so the UK can commercially address the opportunities that compound semiconductors will provide. The global market for compound semiconductors is currently worth around $33.7Bn, with a compound annual growth rate of 17.3%, and underpins 100s of billions dollar related industries from telecom to automotive. Expanding commercial activity in the compound semiconductor sector will provide an important boost for the UK economy and maintain UK advanced manufacturing competiveness. A good example of this is Cardiff headquartered IQE Plc, the global leader in supplying compound semiconductor materials (~£130M turnover).
Our aim is to strengthen the relationship between academia and industry and this will be achieved by 1) changing the mind set of researchers to start from solutions that allow rapid translation to production utilising e.g. creativity@home to change approach, providing access to production scale and research tools that are functionally similar along with highly skilled support for the tools and processes; 2) Co-location of research and industry staff to maximise cross fertilisation of ideas, techniques and approach in an environment that supports interaction.
The hub will directly fund 50% of a translation / business developer and also leveragestaff in the Cardiff Semiconductor Centre.
The hub will support SMEs through product prototyping, IP generation, skills development and training. It will help bid for external grants, coordinate partner forums, form networks and prepare roadmaps.
Skills Base
The project offers an excellent training opportunity, inculcating a manufacturing mind set in a UK strategically relevant high technology field. We will embed technological excellence and the latest manufacturing approaches in UK industry. PDRAs and students will participate in high level meetings with the commercial organisations and will work alongside R&D staff from industry. There will also be a direct economic impact via the provision of skilled workers to relevant companies, a feature of our previous projects.
Outreach
The hub will fund 35% of an outreach specialist to lead and promote the reach and importance of compound semiconductors and the strategy and activity of the hub. The specialist and the team will address audiences from school students to stakeholders to politicians. Resources are requested to train researchers and staff in media interactions and outreach using a range of innovative formats such as performance and theatre production skills.
Knowledge Dissemination
Via conferences such as UK Semiconductors and Photonics West, the latter providing an excellent mix of science and commercial activity. We will publish in open access peer reviewed journals such as those from both the Nature and IEEE stables.
Our aim throughout will be to engage new partners and we will hold workshops, use feasibility funding, actively canvas and make use of our existing partners and contacts, relevant KTNs, the Welsh Optoelectronics Forum and other appropriate bodies to connect as widely as possible.

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The CS Hub has become a founding unit and an integral component of the worlds first Compound Semiconductor Cluster, formed in South Wales from a number of key partners. This has significant potential impact in a variety of areas including the economy. The Cluster will be essential for successful translation of compound semiconductor research into industry-relevant production/manufacturing.
Exploitation Route The research of the CS Hub is still in it's very early stages. However, the participation of the Hub in the CS Cluster shows a real commitment to translation of research, with the Hub forming the low TRL (1-3) foundation of the Cluster, with other Cluster members suitably positioned to work with the Hub to facilitate higher TRL level work.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

 
Description Cardiff University SC MSc
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description EPSRC First Grant
Amount £100,146 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R006172/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC National Facility (Semiconductor National Epitaxy Facility)
Amount £1,600,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NS/A000054/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description European Union (PICTURE)
Amount £340,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description I CASE Studentship
Amount £86,619 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Innovate UK (DiLAN - Diode Laser using Nano-imprint gratings award)
Amount £1,094,407 (GBP)
Funding ID 73100-501291 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description RAEng Fellowship
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Research Grant, Technology Programme (MacV: Miniaturised Atomic Clocks using VCSEL pump sources)
Amount £1,173,079 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P034179/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 02/2019
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (CS MAG IC: CS Magnetic Integrated Circuits)
Amount £36,153 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 10/2018
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (DiLAN - Diode Laser using Nano-imprint gratings award)
Amount £1,093,599 (GBP)
Funding ID 102794 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 01/2019
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (GaNRF: Fast loop fabrication for GaN RF devices)
Amount £206,870 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (HEMAN-V: High Efficiency Manufacturing of VCSELs)
Amount £426,794 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (QBARKA: Microstructural characterisation using quantum enabled BARKhausen noise analysis)
Amount £488,180 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 02/2019
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - CR&D (led by Teraview)
Amount £54,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Underpinning multiuser equipment
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P030556/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description standard
Amount £1,173,079 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P034179/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 02/2019
 
Description AHS (Missous) 
Organisation Atlantic Health System
PI Contribution knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer
Impact None
Start Year 2017
 
Description AIM Photonics 
Organisation American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics
PI Contribution Preliminary connections made to form a partnership which will involve flow of knowledge and expertise between Cardiff and this international centre.
Collaborator Contribution Preliminary transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Impact Initial contact made, no outcomes yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Airbus PhD (Avlonitis) 
Organisation Airbus Group
Department Airbus Operations
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Expertise, facilities, resources, studentship supervision & hosting.
Collaborator Contribution Sponsorship in the form of expertise, facilities, resources, studentship supervision & hosting.
Impact Recruitment of student to undertake studentship ongoing.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Apprenticeship Training Collaboration 
Organisation IQE Europe Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Identification of the need for more skilled workers in compound semiconductor research/manufacturing/industry. The transfer of ideas and mechanisms in order to develop apprenticeship training opportunities.
Collaborator Contribution The transfer of ideas and mechanisms in order to develop training opportunities.
Impact Outcome will be the provision of much needed apprenticeships in compound semiconductors.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bangor University 
Organisation Bangor University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jointly worked on a new EPSRC grant application
Collaborator Contribution Jointly worked on an EPSRC grant application
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description CS Catapult 
Organisation Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
PI Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Impact Formation of the CS Cluster
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cea-Leti 
Organisation CEA-Leti
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer, partnership in applying for funding.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer, partnership in applying for funding.
Impact Successful grant application for EU award in partnership with UCL (Hub partner institution)
Start Year 2017
 
Description Chinese academy of Sciences 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise regarding the Compound Semiconductor research and systems locally.
Impact Further plans to collaborate and develop joint research outputs between the partners are ongoing.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Chinese academy of Sciences 
Organisation University College London
Department Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise regarding the Compound Semiconductor research and systems locally.
Impact Further plans to collaborate and develop joint research outputs between the partners are ongoing.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CyDen (Kiernan) 
Organisation CyDen Ltd
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Huawei (Chand) 
Organisation Huawei Technologies
Country China 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer, and direct support to Manchester University (Hub Institution).
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab PICTURE Collaboration 
Organisation III-V Lab
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Impact PICTURE Grant proposal
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab PICTURE Collaboration 
Organisation Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Centre
Country Belgium 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Impact PICTURE Grant proposal
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab PICTURE Collaboration 
Organisation University College London
Department Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise as a result of the PICTURE grant collaboration
Impact PICTURE Grant proposal
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield Nanjing 
Organisation III-V Lab
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Impact Grant to develop semi-polar UV material
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield Nanjing 
Organisation Nanjing University (NJU)
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Impact Grant to develop semi-polar UV material
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield Nanjing 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Faculty of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of knowledge and expertise to develop a grant on semi polar UV materials resulting in an EPSRC/National Natural Science Foundation of China funded grant.
Impact Grant to develop semi-polar UV material
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield SC National Facility 
Organisation III-V Lab
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield SC National Facility 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab Sheffield SC National Facility 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Faculty of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Sheffield and Cambridge Universities join SC National Facility with III-V epitaxial materials. Transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab UCL SC National Facility 
Organisation III-V Lab
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UCL join SC National Facility with Group IV MBE activities. Transfer of expertise and knowledge.
Collaborator Contribution UCL join SC National Facility with Group IV MBE activities. Transfer of expertise and knowledge.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description III-V Lab UCL SC National Facility 
Organisation University College London
Department Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UCL join SC National Facility with Group IV MBE activities. Transfer of expertise and knowledge.
Collaborator Contribution UCL join SC National Facility with Group IV MBE activities. Transfer of expertise and knowledge.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description IMEC 
Organisation Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Centre
Country Belgium 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer, partnership in applying for funding.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer, partnership in applying for funding.
Impact Application for EU funding for related project
Start Year 2017
 
Description Kaiam (Bulthius) 
Organisation Kaiam
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description NPL (Haji) 
Organisation NPL Ltd
PI Contribution Knowlegde exchange
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newport Wafer Fab 
Organisation Newport Wafer Fab Ltd
PI Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Impact Formation of the world's first CS Cluster.
Start Year 2017
 
Description PulmonIR (Lewis) 
Organisation PulmonIR Ltd
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge transfer
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description SPTS 
Organisation SPTS Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in the world's first CS Cluster. Transfer of knowledge and experience.
Impact Formation of the world's first CS Cluster
Start Year 2017
 
Description SPTS (Ashraf) 
Organisation SPTS Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration as part of InnovateUK
Collaborator Contribution Expertise
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Swansea University 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Transfer of ideas and knowledge beginning as a joint grant application
Collaborator Contribution Transfer of ideas and knowledge beginning as a joint grant application
Impact Sucessful grant application
Start Year 2017
 
Description A-level work experience, Sheffield 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof Tao Wang's team in Sheffield took on three A-level students for a period of work experience (one week each) under the remit of the CS Hub. One of these students was offered a place at Cambridge University to study Physics BSc, while another was offered a place at Imperial College London also to study Physics BSc. The students reported positively on their experience with the Sheffield team. The Sheffield team were able to impart knowledge of the research environment to these A-level students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Bath GW4 Nanotechnology Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Peter Smowton attended and presented at the Bath Great Western (GW) 4 Nanotechnology meeting on 10th July 2017. Work from the CS Hub was presented to colleagues and peers from across the GW4 institutions, promoting the work of the CS Hub, and exploring any opportunities for collaboration with other GW4 members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CS Cluster Launch Talk, Smowton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Peter Smowton gave a presentation at the CS Cluster launch event on behalf of the CS Hub. This event promoted the CS Hub to others within the CS Cluster, as well as others involved in CS research and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CS Hub Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The public facing website for the CS Hub went live during 2017. This has raised the profile of the CS Hub with a variety of audiences. There have been a significant number of enquiries as a result of various stories posted to the website, including requests to collaborate, for further information, and for CS Cluster enquiries generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description CS Hub twitter page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The CS Hub public facing twitter page was set up in 2017. The page actively tweets news stories from the CS Hub web pages in order to raise the profile and general interest in the activities of the CS Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description CoInnovate Emerging Sensors talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Peter Smowton gave a presentation on Emerging Sensors at the CoInnovate Sensors event on 26th June 2017. This showcased the research performed by the CS Hub to academic research teams, industry, as well as a variety of other individuals. The CS Hub was promoted, and research reputation endorsed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CoInnovate UK Conference CS Cluster session and Hub trade stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the CS Cluster presence at the CoInnovate UK conference, 24th January 2018, the CS Hub was included in a series of talks delivered by CS Cluster members, and also shared a trade stand with the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS, Cardiff University). Audience members were interested in the CS Hub particularly in terms of collaboration and feasibility study funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Creative Engagement Training Activity 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Creative Engagement training was delivered at the biannual CS Hub Strategic Advisory Board meeting, October 2018, to 18 participants made up of a variety of individuals from Board members to PhD students. Training was bespoke designed for the Hub and delivered by Wendy Saddler MBE via the Cardiff University spin-off scientific education company, Science Made Simple. Training included basic principles of engagement and interactive sessions on innovative engagement and communication. Very positive feedback was received from all attendees. We plan to expand on this training at future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engineering Wales Conference, CS Hub presence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The activity included a presentation session on the CS Cluster (including the CS Hub) delivered by Hub associate Wyn Meredith, a separate in-depth presentation on the Hub followed by a workshop/discussion group led by Prof Paul Tasker and Dr Phil Buckle, as well as a CS Hub information/trade stand. This event generated a great deal of interest in the Hub from potential collaborators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Industrial event 2017 Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Sheffield organised & held an Industrial Event on 10 January 2017, technologies developed were highlighted, attracted >10 UK semiconductor company CEOs or Directors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Training Centre Activity: Cardiff University MSc Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Cardiff University advertised widely for undergraduate students to enroll on a much needed new MSc course in Compound Semiconductors, which began in Autumn 2017. In this first year of running, we were only able to recruit one undergraduate to the programme, however, we hope to build on this in future years. This is particularly important as there is a deficit in skilled workers in Compound Semiconductor Sciences both in the South Wales area and world-wide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description VCSEL Day Conference talk on CS Cluster & Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wyn Meredith represented the CS Cluster, including the CS Hub, at a VCSEL Day Conference on 8th June 2017. A talk was given, including information on the CS Hub. The activities of the CS Hub were promoted and it's reputation enhanced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description WWIL CS Connected Showcase 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The CS Hub took part in organising and delivering a half-day session as part of the Festival of Innovation (ESTNET), Wales Week in London, 2018. The session showcased the CS Cluster and included a presentation from CS Hub investigator, Prof Paul Tasker (School of Engineering, Cardiff University). The primary audience consisted of investors. Feedback was very positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018