The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), hosted in Tyndall National Institute, Cork, has been successfully selected by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative to host a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship.
The project, known as RESENSE, is a highly innovative project which seeks to develop new materials for use in UV sensors and whose proposed outcomes will have applications in fields such as industrial processing, space research, defence and medicine.
RESENSE aims to use N-polar AlGaN materials to tackle problems associated with (a) satisfactory p-type doping and (b) separation of the photo-generated carriers. This material orientation has the potential to favour incorporation of p-type impurities and induce higher electric fields for carrier separation. Different Metal Organic Vapour Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE) growth conditions will be studied to control the growth of N-polar AlN templates and magnesium doped AlGaN epilayers. Finally, a prototype of solar-blind UV photodetector based on AlGaN/AlGaN heterostructure will be grown, fabricated and fully characterized.
The successful awardee, Dr. Pietro Pampili from the III-Nitride Materials Group, will carry out the outgoing phase at Nagoya University, Japan, under the joint supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Amano (2014 Nobel Physics Laureate) and Prof. Markus Pristovsek and will then return to Tyndall for the final 12 months under the supervision of Prof. Peter Parbrook. At the start of this project, Dr Pampili will also carry out an initial 3-month secondment period with ON Semiconductor (SensL which was originally a Tyndall spinout in 2004 but was acquired in 2018 by ON Semiconductor), in order to gain a better understanding of the industrial requirements for possible future commercialization of these devices.
Martin O’Connell, European Programmes Manager in IPIC, welcomed the award stating -
“While the award aligns with all of our strategic goals, the fact that these awards are highly prestigious and hotly contested especially strengthens our research excellence as we develop the research leaders of the future.”
Partners: University College Cork (IE), Nagoya University (JP). The project runs from July 2020 and will continue until June 2023.
If you’re interested in pursuing a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at Tyndall and becoming one of our next generation Research Leaders, find out more here today.