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Thin Films Research Centre

The Thin Films Research Centre is dedicated to the study and use of functional electronic materials for novel and innovative devices. These include optoelectronic devices, lasers, solar cells and high power transistors.

There is a large activity in the Centre in the computer simulation and mathematical modelling of a range of materials and related materials processing techniques. We also carry out research in stellar physics.

Thin Films Research Centre
 
Dharme.jpgProfessor I. M. Dharmadasa

Phone 0114 225 6910 
Fax 0114 225 6930
E-mail dharme@shu.ac.uk

Research Interests

sp-a-ehiasarian.jpgProfessor Arutiun Ehiasarian

Phone 0114 225 3646 
Fax 0114 225 3501 
E-mail a.ehiasarian@shu.ac.uk

Papken_Hovsepian.jpgProfessor Papken Hovsepian

Phone 0114 225 3644 
Fax 0114 225 3501 
E-mail P.Hovsepian@shu.ac.uk

sp-a-nabok.jpgProfessor Alexei Nabok

Phone 0114 225 6905 
Email A.Nabok@shu.ac.uk

Dr, PhD, MSc/BSc

sp-y-purandare.jpgDr Yashodhan Purandare

Phone 0114 225 3469 
Email Y.Purandare@shu.ac.uk

Karen_Vernon_Parry.jpgDr Karen Vernon-Parry

Phone 0114 225 4852 
E-mail k.vernon-parry@shu.ac.uk

Nanotechnology Centre for PVD Research

About the centre

The centre is renowned for development of nanoscale multilayer Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) coatings and for the development of the HIPIMS technique. The nanoscale multilayer structure can make the thin films, though few micrometers in thickness, super-hard or can provide multi-functionality in one coating. The coatings can have various applications; super-hard, wear resistant, corrosion resistant, oxidation resistant and/ or as coatings for aesthetic appeal and bio-medical applications. The research based at the centre focuses on fundamental studies ranging from plasma diagnostics to the final stage of technology transfer to an industrial sized deposition machine for mass production. The coatings development in the centre has been a result of various European Union (EU) and UK supported fundamental research projects being carried out by the centre in Sheffield Hallam University or along with its strategic industrial/ academic partners across the globe. The centre is also renowned for its scientific facilities, publications and for its patents.

sp-a-ehiasarian.jpgProfessor Arutiun Ehiasarian

Phone 0114 225 3646 
Fax 0114 225 3501 
E-mail a.ehiasarian@shu.ac.uk

Papken_Hovsepian.jpgProfessor Papken Hovsepian

Phone 0114 225 3644 
Fax 0114 225 3501 
E-mail P.Hovsepian@shu.ac.uk

sp-y-purandare.jpgDr Yashodhan Purandare

Phone 0114 225 3469 
Email Y.Purandare@shu.ac.uk

Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group

About the group

The Electronic Materials & Sensors Group is a highly active research group led by I. M. Dharmadasa, who is the Professor of Electronic Materials & Devices, and currently focusing on Solar Energy conversion.

The group is dedicated to the training of scientists and engineers in understanding of all aspects of Electronic Materials and Sensing Devices.

The activities in the group focus on

  • growth of electronic materials using Electrodeposition, Chemical Bath deposition, Sol-gel, vacuum evaporation, etc.
  • material characterisation using a wide range of analytical techniques (Facilities Available)
  • device design, fabrication,  assesment, development and commercialisation of PV solar cells, LEDs, sensors, etc.
  • modelling of electronic device structures (lasers, graded bandgap solar cells)
  • scaling up and commercialisation of successful research
  • public understanding of science activities on renewable energy applications and sustainability (http://www.apsl.org.uk/dharme/default.aspx)
  • theory and simulations of transport and optics of intersubband semiconductor materials and devices with an emphasis on mid infrared and terahertz applications. Main devices currently focused are cascade lasers and graded bandgap multi-layer solar cells.
Dharme.jpgProfessor I. M. Dharmadasa

Phone 0114 225 6910 
Fax 0114 225 6930
E-mail dharme@shu.ac.uk

Research Interests

sp-a-nabok.jpgProfessor Alexei Nabok

Phone 0114 225 6905 
Email A.Nabok@shu.ac.uk

Dr, PhD, MSc/BSc

Karen_Vernon_Parry.jpgDr Karen Vernon-Parry

Phone 0114 225 4852 
E-mail k.vernon-parry@shu.ac.uk

HIPIMS Technology Centre

About the centre

The HIPIMS Technology Centre is committed to developing plasma science and technology to improve the quality and performance of PVD and PACVD applications. One of the main strengths of the centre is its expertise in High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) - the latest innovation in PVD. We have a strong track record of working with academic and industrial partners. We seek to educate the next generation of plasma scientists.

sp-a-ehiasarian.jpgProfessor Arutiun Ehiasarian

Phone 0114 225 3646 
Fax 0114 225 3501 
E-mail a.ehiasarian@shu.ac.uk

Current Thin Films research students
Nor Azlian Abdul Manaf

Qualifications: MSc
Director of Studies: Prof. I. M. Dharmadasa
Supervisor: Dr. Aseel Hassan

Title of Research: Research, development and scaling-up of low-cost thin film solar cells based on electrodeposited semi-conductors.

Benedict Ayomanor

Qualifications: BSc, MSc
Director of Studies: Dr. Karen Vernon-Parry
Supervisor: Dr. Aseel Hassan

Title of Research: Production of low-cost solar cell from rice husk ash.

inuwa_faragaz.jpgInuwa Faragai

Qualifications: BSc, MSc
Director of Studies: Prof. Mauro Pereira
Supervisor: Dr. Ian Halliday

Title of Research: Interaction of Radiation with Intersubband Transitions in Semiconductors.

Fijay Fauzi

Qualifications: MEng
Director of Studies: Prof. I. M. Dharmadasa
Supervisor: Dr. Aseel Hassan

Title of Research: p-i-n solar cells based on p-Znte, i-CdTe and n-CdS.

mohammad_madugu.jpgMohammad, Lamido Madugu

Qualifications: MSc.
Director of Studies: Dr. Karen Vernon-Parry
Supervisor:

Title of Research: Thin solar cells using GaSe, CdTe and ZnS

Olusola, Ibukun-olu.jpgOlajide Ibukun-Olu Olusola

Qualifications: B.Tech, MSc
Director of Studies: Prof. I. M. Dharmadasa
Supervisor:

Title of Research: Development and scaling of low-cost thin film solar cells based on electrodeposition of CdSe, CdTe and ZnTe semiconductors.

Chijoke_oriaku.jpgChijioke Oriaku

Qualifications: BSc, MSc
Director of Studies: Prof. Mauro Pereira
Supervisor: Dr. Ian Halliday

Title of Research: Microscopic theory of optical absorption in photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic semiconductors.

Hussein_Salim.jpgHussein Ismail Salim

Qualifications: MSc
Director of Studies: Prof. I. M. Dharmadasa
Supervisor:

Title of Research: Research & development of low cost thin film solar cells based on electrodeposited semiconductors.

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Papken_Hovsepian.jpg
Head of the Thin Films Research Centre