The research and development of silicon CMOS based Lab-On-A-Chip (LOAC) technology platforms that can be developed with future innovations leading to new tools and thereby better understanding of the immunological response that underpins many disease states including allergy, diabetes and cancer.
The use of modern semiconductor techniques to provide transparent substrates proving the ability for in-situ advanced biological experimentation of single cells.
The work on the modelling, fabrication and testing of the organic/inorganic microelectronic devices, such as Al/DNA/Si Schottky diodes. Controlling optical and electronic properties of the metal-inorganic semiconductor structures by introducing DNA interface layers can be vital for novel electronic devices for biotechnology applications.
Industry Standard Silvaco TCAD OMNI software package for Universities allows state of the art manufacturing process and device simulation.
Cadence Analog IC is available.
EPSRC: Multi-Technique Bio-Analytical Investigation at the Single / Sub-Cellular Level Using a New Lab-On-A-Chip Technology Platform; First grant scheme; grant number EP/I038799/1 (PI: P. Holland, COI: C. Thornton)
EPSRC Funded PhD Studentship Oct 2012- Mar 2016: The Application of Semiconductor Technology for Effective Single Cell Studies
Industrial (SPTS Technologies) / Departmental Funded PhD: Research and Development of a CMOS Lab-On-A-Chip Silicon IC Technology
Employer Study Partnership funded Industrial MPhil (SPTS Technologies): Development of an Optically Transparent Silicon CMOS Technology Platform for Biological Analysis
Centre for Nanohealth Fabrication Equipment:
Device Characterization Laboratory consisting of oscilloscopes, function generators, power analyzers, micro-processor development systems, spectrum analyzers, high voltage test equipment, thermal device characterisation equipment, HP4124 parameter analyzer, a probe station, CV characterisation equipment, and a wirebonding machine.