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Ga2O3 & ferroelectric thin films for next generation electronics


   School of Mathematics and Physics

  ,  Wednesday, November 30, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

In this PhD project you will join an international team from Queen’s University Belfast, Tyndall National Institute, (Cork, Ireland) and University Texas on a US-Ireland / National Science Foundation programme - Ga2O3: Understanding Growth, Interfaces and Defects to enable next generation Electronics.

You will undertake research towards a PhD by studying the growth and properties of Ga2O3 thin films, from amorphous to crystalline, and the subsequent integration of ferroelectric films such as BaTiO3 towards the realisation of MOS structures. The work will be based in and around a unique large area pulsed laser deposition and sputtering cluster tool and you will also get exposure and experience in electrical device metrology through to physical materials characterisation with X-Ray diffraction and microscopy using focused ion beams systems and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy including use of in-situ heating stages.

You will be part of a larger collaboration that ranges from the ab-initio materials modelling in Belfast (with Dr Lorenzo Stella & Dr Myrta Gruening) through to further Ga2O3 preparation and device fabrication/test at UoT (with Profs. Chad Young and Bob Wallace) and device fabrication and test and Tyndall (with Prof. Paul Hurley & Dr Karim Cherkaoui) and have opportunities for travel and visits between partners.

This project will suit a good graduate (2.1 degree or higher) in physics, chemistry, materials science, or electrical and electronic engineering, who has an interest in novel/microelectronics materials synthesis and applications. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Robert Bowman (), Centre for Quantum Materials & Technologies, School of Mathematics & Physics, Queen’s University Belfast.

Supervisors: Professor Robert Bowman, Dr Lorenzo Stella

Entry requirements:

Open to UK students.

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Master’s degree (distinction normally required).

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted via the Direct Applications Portal. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Funding – A studentship of full fees and stipend is available to UK nationals only.

Availability – the position is available from 1 December 2022.

Closing date: 31 October 2022


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