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Peter Parbrook


+353 (0)21 2346365
peter.parbrook (at) tyndall (dot) ie

  • Photonics
  • A3.G.50-02

Peter James Parbrook received the B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Strathclyde in 1987 and 1991, respectively. During his PhD was employed by the University on secondment to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (now QinetiQ Ltd) where he undetook research into the growth by MOVPE of ZnSe and related materials looking at their optical properties and potential for optoelectronic application. He continued this research at the Toshiba Central Research Laboratories, first as a Toshiba Fellow, and subsequently as a Research Scientist.

In 1995 to took a Lectureship at the University of Sheffield, being promoted to Reader in 2002 where he concentrated on the growth and application of III-V materials, specialising in III-N semiconductor materials from 1999, principally for their optoelectronic application. In 2009 he became Stokes Professor of Nitride Materials and Devices at the Tyndall National Institute, holding a concurrent position in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, part of the School of Engineering at UCC, to develop a new activity in the preparation of Nitride Semiconductors.

Prof Parbrook has published over 200 articles in international journals, and holds 10 patents in the field of wide bandgap semiconductor technologies.  He is member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors (IWN) and was co-chair of the 9th International Conference in Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS 2011)

Research themes :

Growth and Characterisation of III-Nitride Materials

Fabrication of III-Nitride Device for Optoelectronics

UltraViolet Light Emitting Diodes

High Frequency / Power Electronics using III-Nitride Materials

Education :

B.Sc. in Physics (1st Class Hons.), University of Strathclyde, 1987

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Strathclyde, 1991 

Experience :

Postgraduate Research Associate, (1987-90), Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on secondement to Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (now QinetiQ Ltd), Malvern, England

Toshiba Fellow (1991-3), Research Scientist (1993-5)

Toshiba Research and Development Center, Kawasaki, Japan

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader (1995-2009), Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield

Research interests :

Wide bandgap semiconductors have applications for the emission of short wavelength visible and ultraviolet light, as well as high power/frequency electronic devices.  My research investigates methods to improve device performance, concentrating on a better understanding of the materials properties to achieve this.  Currently I am investigating the use of In and Al containing alloys for the preparation of improved optoelectronic and electronic device applications.

Peer reviewers for journals :

Applied Physics Letters

Journal Applied Physics

Journal of Crystal Growth

Physica Status Solidi

and others

Proposal reviewer :

Member of "College" (Review Panel) for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Reviewer for Technology Strategy Board, (Department of Trade and Industry), UK