Thu Jul 13 16:06:00 BST 2017
The first GW4 Nanofabrication Workshop was hosted by Bath earlier this week, to raise awarenessof the Nanofabrication facilities at theGW4 universities and explore new cooperativeactivities between them.
Over 50 academics, PhD students and post-docs from Bath, Bristol,Cardiff and Exeter attended the workshop which was funded by anEPSRC grant.
The event started with a keynote lecture by Dr Andy Sellars, Chief Business Development Officerfor the newCompound Semiconductor ApplicationsCatapult in Cardiff. This was followed by presentations from the Managers of the fourinstitutional nanofabrication facilities, describing their equipment infrastructure andcapabilities.
In addition to short talks and posters about nanofabrication-enabledresearch from PhD students, research staff and academics, there were also discussions onways to enable the sharing of equipment and expertise between facilities, and joint equipment bidswere explored.
Better cooperation between the four facilities would help cover equipment failures and allowaccess to unique pieces of equipment that are only available on one of the other sites. Futurejoint equipment bids will focus on large value specialised pieces of equipment that will beaccessible to researchers from all four universities. Other forms ofcooperative activity could involve multi-site service and maintenance contractsfor key pieces of equipment as well as joint training for research staff.
The Facility Managers will continue to meet on a regular basis and joint training andawareness-raising activities are planned for the coming year. Over the next three years, there willalso be opportunities to bid to calls for new University partners of the Institute for CompoundSemiconductors in Cardiff.
Professor Simon Bending,academic head of thenanofabrication facility at Bath said: “TheWorkshop was very successful in raising awareness of the capabilities of the NanofabricationFacilities in the four GW4 Universities as well as the challenges they face. We have committedourselves to streamlining processes for equipment sharing and will be exploring future cooperativetraining activities and joint equipment bids.”