Latest Electronics Research News

Manchester firm bids to commercialise graphene devices

A Manchester-based company is moving graphene devices closer to commercial production using a technique known as chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The spin-out company from the University of Manchester, 2-DTech is producing polycrystalline graphene films, the base substrate for semiconductor devices, with commercially competitive defect density and high…

Read More

Good graphene over square centimetres without high temperatures

Electronics-grade low-strain graphene can be grown in one step over several square centimetres at low temperatures, claims scientist at the California Institute of Technology. The material is grown on copper, which is not unusual. What is different about the process, is that every scrap of copper oxide is…

Read More

Semiconductors aid artificial photosynthesis

Researchers at Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) are mimicing photosynthesis using semiconductors to make hydrogen and oxygen from water and carbon dioxide. Their artificial leaf consists of a photoanode, a photocathode and a membrane. Light oxidises water molecules to generate oxygen gas, protons, and electrons on the…

Read More

Government puts £5m into malware research and national cyber security

The Government has put up £5m to expand the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast. As well as improving national infrastructure security, the funding will be used to enhance security in virtual environments and connected devices, and tackle emerging malware fraud and personal information theft…

Read More

£70m for UK science and technology

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has put £70m of its budget into equipment (£30m) and projects (£40m) amongst 18 UK universities. The equipment includes ultra-bright lasers, electron microscopes and advanced x-ray imaging. Projects cover enginneering, physical sciences and semicoductors, maths and ICT. For example there…

Read More

Most powerful semiconductor laser array ever

The US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has commissioned the highest peak power laser diode arrays in the world – at 3.2MW peak – which is destined for Europe. It will be a component of the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), under construction at LLNL for the European…

Read More

Clothes that generate energy move a step closer

Research is getting closer to creating clothes and shoes which will self-generate energy to power wearable mobile devices. A report in the journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS Nano) describes a foldable nanopatterned material which can use human motion to generate energy. Energy is then stored in a…

Read More

Sensory house supports infirm people

Fujitsu Laboratories has found a way to detect oncoming ill health through abnormalities in human movement. Developed in Japan and Ireland, the technique uses some 110 ambient sensors in a residence along with body-wearable physical activity and vital-signs sensors to collect data relating to a person’s daily…

Read More