Invited Research Lecture: Research Opportunities and Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

Date: 26 Sep 2008 - 26 Sep 2008

Venue: SIMTech Training Room, Level 3, Tower Block

Over the past several years Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) have been touted as being one of the most promising material systems for future applications. CNTs are a unique form of carbon filament/fibre in which sheets of sp2 bonded graphite with no surface broken bonds roll up to form tubes. Single wall CNTs can exhibit either metallic-like or semiconductor-like properties and multi-wall tubes generally exhibit metallic-like behaviour. This presentation will cover the growth, characterisation and potential applications of both single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). 

About the Speaker 
Professor Bill Milne FREng has been Head of Electrical Engineering at Cambridge University since 1999 and Head of the Electronic Devices and Materials group since 1996 when he was appointed to the "1944 Chair in Electrical Engineering". He obtained his BSc from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1970 and then went on to read for a PhD in Electronic Materials at Imperial College London. He was awarded his PhD and DIC in 1973 and in 2003, a D.Eng (Honoris Causa) from University of Waterloo, Canada. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and in 2007 was elected to a Guest Professor position at HuangZhou University in Wuhan, China and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at SEU in Nanjing, China. From 1973 until 1976 he worked at the Plessey Res Co, Caswell after which he joined Cambridge University Engineering Department as an Assistant Lecturer. On arriving in Cambridge Prof. Milne set up the Electronic Devices and Materials group, which now has 7 Staff members, approximately 30 Post doctoral research staff and Fellows and over 50 PhD students. The yearly income is of order Eu 15 Million. His research interests include large area Si and carbon based electronics, thin film materials and, most recently, MEMS and carbon nanotubes and other 1-D structures for electronic applications. He currently collaborates with various companies including Thales, Hitachi, Nokia and FEI and is also currently involved in 5 EU projects and several UK Government funded EPSRC projects. He has published and presented close to 600 papers, of which 120 were invited.


10.45am: Registration

11.00am: Presentation

12.15pm: Q&A

12.30pm: End

Who Should Attend
Researchers, academic staff and engineering students.

Pre-registration for the lecture is necessary. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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