Atoms to Devices (A2D)

The A2D theme will carry out programmes of research in functional materials and devices; it will focus on a vertically integrated, multidisciplinary programme for the translation of new material systems from the atomic scale to operational device. Functional devices impact across all technology sectors, and underpin future developments from energy to communications to healthcare, inter alia.

Within the Royce umbrella – and wider in the UK (University and Industrial partners) – there is already a vibrant world-leading network in materials science and engineering, with excellence across the disciplinary areas required to create a vertically integrated A2D programme. Key sub-themes include the ability to design, fabricate, characterise and integrate materials into device architectures. This will include theory and simulation; manufacture of powders, thick and thin films; control of interfacial properties; structural, chemical (microscopy, XRD, XPS etc) and electrical characterisation; patterning and lithography; and device testing.

This interconnectivity is rarely seen in a single institution, and the Royce collaboration provides a unique and timely means of achieving this. We also envisage that this approach provides a means to deliver solutions to the mesogap problem: where connections between the so called top-down and bottom-up approaches traditionally breakdown. This will be transformative for device integration.

Henry Royce partners – The key university partners in this theme are: Imperial College London, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, Queens, Glasgow, York, Warwick, Edinburgh; along with central facilities (Diamond, ISIS, SuperSTEM). A successful A2D theme workshop was held in Leeds in February 2016.

A2D materials academic champions
Professor Neil Alford, Imperial College London
Professor Edmund Linfield, Leeds University

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Lead Institutions