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Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging

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The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging is a centre of excellence and key laboratory in the UK for the development of thin film technology, deposition processes, as well as characterisation and dissemination of information on the applications of thin films.

The institute has received extensive funding support from EPSRC, Scottish Council, RSE, EU, and STFC, amongst others in the past 15 years, and has world leading facilities for thin film deposition.

The facilities comprise plasma enhanced e-beam deposition, magnetron sputtering systems (including DC, pulsed DC, RF, microwave systems), plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (RF, hollow cathode PECVD) and various advanced film characterisation facilities.

Institute researchers have strong expertise in thin film and plasma research, micro/nanoscale film/structure design, characterisation/evaluation, 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

  • Optical, engineering, bio-medical, aerospace and MEMS applications

Sensors

  • Miniaturised infrared spectrometry based on non-dispersive infrared or photoacoustics  

Imaging

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

Gravitational Wave (GW) Detection

  • Deposition of ultralow loss optical thin films for use in GW laser interferometric Detection

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.

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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 even larger deposition chambers for large-scale production.

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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

Areas of Staff Expertise:

Optical filter design and production

Optical filter design and production

  • Laser and x-ray mirrors
  • DWDM filters
  • Anisotropic films
  • Magnetic 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 plasma assisted techniques
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • PECVD

Characterisation techniques available include:

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

The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging staff members are actively involved in the 'peer review' and publication of a number of journals and conference papers.

Publications and Activites

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Research Outputs

Our research portal contains more information on the research outputs of this research group including articles, abstracts, posters, etc.

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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 has been operating for over ten years and 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

We have vast experience in working with Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as established companies and we are currently running a Scottish Executive Expertise, Knowledge and Innovation Transfer (SEEKIT) programme with the aim to enhance Knowledge Transfer between Scottish based SMEs and the The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging.

Links to Partner Sites

Scottish Microelectronic Centre | www.scotmicrocentre.co.uk

Scottish Optoelectronics Associations www.optoelectronics.co.uk

Institute of Physics www.iop.org

Scottish Enterprise www.scottish-enterprise.com

Institute of Nanotechnology www.nano.org.uk

SPIE www.spie.org

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

Staff

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
More about David Hutson

Professor Katherine Kirk, Director Microscale Sensors Research Group
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3409, Email: Katherine.Kirk@uws.ac.uk
More about Katherine Kirk

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
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Professor Abraham Ogwu, Research Theme Leader – BioMedical & Engineeering Coatings
Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3612, Email: Abraham.Ogwu@uws.ac.uk
More about Abraham Ogwu

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
More about Christina Boyle

Stuart Caffrey, PhD Student
Email: stuart.caffrey@uws.ac.uk
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David Child, PhD Student
Email: david.child@uws.ac.uk

Hin On (Martin) Chu, PhD Student
Email: Hinon.Chu@uws.ac.uk
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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
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Ahmed Samir Mohamed Elhady, PhD Student
Email: Ahmed.elhady@uws.ac.uk

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