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Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging

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The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging (ITFSI) is a research institute at the University of the West of Scotland. Founded by Professor Des Gibson September 2014 from an amalgamation of two previous research groups in thin films and microscale sensors, ITFSI is a centre of excellence and key laboratory in the UK for the development of thin film technology and dissemination of information on the applications of thin films.

ITFSI specialises in thin films for various applications including medical devices, sensors, engineering, optics, electronic devices, ultrasonics and photonics. ITFSI research has lead to patented products include miniaturised spectrometers for gas sensing, ultrasonic transducers, hyper-spectral imaging for agritech and durable infra-red optical coatings for use in autonomous vehicle imaging optics. More information on ITFSI can be found here.

The institute has received extensive funding support from amongst others EPSRC, InnovatteUK, Censis Innovation Centre, Scottish Funding Council, Royal Society, Horizon 2020 and STFC.

Institute researchers have strong expertise in thin film deposition and characterisation, micro/nanoscale film/structure design, micro-mechanics and nanotechnology. Institute facilities are unique within the academic community, providing necessary vacuum deposition capability to support institute specific and collaborative research.

 

Four Primary Research Themes

Thin film deposition processes

  • Plasma assisted electron beam deposition
  • Microwave plasma assisted sputtering
  • RF and hollow cathode plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition

Sensors

  • Miniaturised infrared spectrometry 
  • Non-dispersive infrared and photoacoustic
  • Ultralow power consumption non-dispersive infrared gas sensors 

Imaging

  • Ultrasonics based on high efficiency piezoelectric thin films. Applications include imaging (medical & dental) and non-destructive testing
  • Multispectral/ hyperspectral imaging based on linear variable optical filters

Gravitational Wave (GW) Detection

  • Deposition of ultralow loss optical thin films for use in GW laser interferometric detection
  • Mechanical loss metrology

Contact us

Director:
Professor Des Gibson 
University of the West of Scotland 
Paisley PA1 2BE 
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3610
Email: des.gibson@uws.ac.uk 

Business Development Manager:
Lorraine Dymond
University of the West of Scotland
Paisley PA1 2BE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3918 
Email: lorraine.dymond@uws.ac.uk

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MSc Advanced Thin Film Technologies

Institute staff also deliver the University's MSc Advanced Thin Film Technologies

The advanced Masters programme provides up-to-date coverage of evolving thin film technologies and latest developments in the field. It develops the multi-disciplinary skills needed for professional development within this rapidly expanding field and forms the basis for future professional Chartered Engineer and/or Chartered Physicist status. 

The MSc is ideal for engineering or science graduates planning a career in research, development, production and/or business involving thin film technologies.

MSc Advanced Thin Film Technologies guide

Engineering Research Thin Films Sensors and Imaging Student | University of the West of Scotland

FACILITIES & CAPABILITIES

Providing solutions

The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging provides a unique service for industry and academia in the research and development of thin film properties and applications.

The Institute is also interested in prototyping and smaller-scale production runs of existing and new thin film designs.

Processes can be developed and transferred to production deposition chambers.

FACILITIES & CAPABILITIES BRochure

 

 

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X-ray Diffraction

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Raman Spectroscopy

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Scanning Electron Microscope

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Clean Room

ITFSI Expertise:

ITFSI Expertise

  • Laser and x-ray mirrors
  • DWDM filters
  • Anisotropic films
  • Magnetic films
  • Piezoelectric films
  • Active and passive thin film devices
  • Erosion and Corrosion Protective Coatings
  • Software design and programming

Thin Film Deposition techniques available include:

  • RF and DC magnetron sputtering
  • Reactive sputtering of oxides and nitrides
  • Electron-beam deposition
  • Microwave-assisted and sputtering
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition

Characterisation techniques available include:

  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Nomarski optical microscopy
  • Raman microscopy
  • Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis
  • Auger spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis-IR spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometry
  • Nano-indenter hardness tester and scratch tester

Publications and Activites

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Activities

Our research portal contains more information on the complete range of activities including participation in conferences, seminars, etc.

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Press & Media

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Partners

The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging provides a unique service for industry in the research and development of deposition processes for thin films, design and fabrication of thin film products, characterisation of thin films and the dissemination of information about the applications of thin films.

Collaboration

The Institute collaborates with a wide range of industries and applications including ophthalmics, optics, telecoms, flexible displays, bio engineering, energy generation, decorative and barrier coatings for pharmaceutical and food products.

Experience

ITFSI have sgnificant experience in working with Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as large scale companies.

Links to Partner Sites

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance  |  https://www.supa.ac.uk/

Technology Scotland |  https://www.technologyscotland.scot/

Institute of Physics | www.iop.org

Scottish Enterprise | www.scottish-enterprise.com

LIGO Scientific Collaboration |  https://www.ligo.org/

SPIE | www.spie.org

Infrared Multilayer Laboratory (University of Reading)   | www.reading.ac.uk/cybernetics

Thin Film Software Links

MacLeod | www.thinkfilmcenter.com

TFC Calc | www.spectra.com

FilmStar | www.ftgsoftware.com

Optilayer | www.optilayer.com

Staff

For a list of up to date staff click here.

Dr Ross Birney
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging (gravitational waves theme)
Tel: +44 (0)141 849 4031, Email: Ross.Birney@uws.ac.uk

Prof. Desmond Gibson, Director, Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3610. Email: Des.Gibson@uws.ac.uk
More about Des Gibson

Dr Dave Hughes, Research Fellow
Tel: 0141 848 3327, Email: David.hughes@uws.ac.uk
More about Dave Hughes

Dr David Hutson, Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3428, Email: David.Hutson@uws.ac.uk
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Dr Callum McHugh, Senior Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3210' Email: Callum.McHugh@uws.ac.uk
More about Callum McHugh

Dr Gregory Morozov, Reader, Physics Programme Leader
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3676, Email: Gregory.Morozov@uws.ac.uk
More about Gregory Morozov

Gerry O'Hare, Technician
Tel: +44 (0)141 849 4209, Email: Gerry.O'Hare@uws.ac.uk

 Jim Orr, Technician
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3614, Email: Jim.Orr@uws.ac.uk

PhD students

Qaisar Abbas, PhD Student
Email: qaisar.abbas@uws.ac.uk
More about Qaisar Abbas

Yahya Alajlani, PhD Student
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 4238
Email: yahya.alajlani@uws.ac.uk

Christina Boyle, PhD Student (funded by STFC Futures)
Email: christina.boyle@uws.ac.uk

Stuart Caffrey, PhD Student
Email: stuart.caffrey@uws.ac.uk
More about Stuart Caffrey

David Child, PhD Student
Email: david.child@uws.ac.uk

Hin On (Martin) Chu, PhD Student
Email: Hinon.Chu@uws.ac.uk
More about Hin On Chu

Lewis Fleming, PhD Student
Email: lewis.fleming@uws.ac.uk
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Mr Steffen Lapp, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3530, Email: steffen.lapp@uws.ac.uk

Cheng Li, PhD Student
Tel: +44 (0)141 849 4032, Email: cheng.li@uws.ac.uk
More about Cheng Li

Ahmed Samir Mohamed Elhady, PhD Student
Email: Ahmed.elhady@uws.ac.uk

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Last updated: 24/04/2018

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