And suddenly it was June

9 06 2011

Yet another big gap in the timescale of the blog, but now it’s starting to calm down again. So, here is a quick run down of what has happened in the past few days

The good news on my part is that the University agreed my promotion application, so as of the 1st of August I will be the Reader in Semiconductor Technology. I also found out this morning that I have been successfully elected to sit on Senate as of the start of the next academic year. It will be interesting to find out how the University works …

Rupert left us at the end of last month and is now at Dynex Semiconductor in Lincoln, where he is still planning to keep up his work on silicon carbide. It’s his viva in eight days, so fingers crossed and then it’s proud parents day one Saturday in early July.

On the research front it’s been chaotic. We have managed to submit some sixteen conference abstracts in the last month or so, covering topics from negative electron affinity on diamond surfaces to the optical pumping of defects at the SiO2/SiC interface using sub-bandgap illumination. So, it looks like big travel bills as some of us head off to Limerick (IEEE Sensors), Cleveland Ohio (ICSCRM 2011), Oxford (HiTEN) and Warwick (deBeers Diamond conference)

We are also showing off our computational modelling ability at the forthcoming AIMPRO workshop, with the poster below looking at the behaviour of halogenated diamond surfaces.
Diamond Negative electron affinity halogen

And finally, we have an intern studying with us for the next few weeks. Sarah has joined us from Kansas State University for seven weeks and is currently trying to develop high temperature sensors to support dementia suffers in the kitchen Hopefully lots to report on this soon!

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