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Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride


Congratulations to Professor Rachel Oliver, who has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies worth £2.5M to develop her research on porous semiconductors over the next ten years.

Funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme aims to identify global research visionaries and provide them with long-term support. The award will enable Rachel and her team aim to engineer new properties in compound semiconductor materials by creating porous structures, thus enabling new device concepts. Porosity enhances efficiency in current technologies, such as the light emitting diodes (LEDs) at the heart of energy-efficient lightbulbs, and could open up new opportunities for compound semiconductors in quantum technologies, sensing, displays, healthcare and beyond.

The award recognises Rachel’s innovative concepts as a global leader in her field and will enable her to focus on strategic approaches for taking her technology from the bench to the boardroom.


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