Florin Udrea, Professor of Semiconductor Engineering, has been announced the joint winner of the Royal Society Mullard Award 2018.
This award represents tremendous recognition of our research and entrepreneurial activities in the field of gas sensors based on semiconductor technology.Professor Florin Udrea
Awarded to Professor Udrea FREng and Professor Julian Gardner FREng (University of Warwick) for their work as renowned academics and serial entrepreneurs, together they founded and led Cambridge CMOS Sensors, which is the most successful Cambridge University spin-off in the physical sciences, active in environmental and air quality sensors. The company was founded in 2008 and was acquired by ams AG in 2016, which is now shipping products.
Professor Udrea and Professor Gardner will each be presented with a silver gilt medal and this is accompanied by jointly receiving a £2,000 gift and a £1,500 travel grant. This will be awarded at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November.
The Mullard Award is awarded to those with an outstanding academic record in any area of natural science, engineering or technology, and whose work is currently making or has the prospect to make a contribution to national prosperity in the United Kingdom.
Professor Udrea said: “I'm both extremely happy and surprised to win this very prestigious award and I’m very grateful to The Royal Society for its choice. This award represents tremendous recognition of our research and entrepreneurial activities in the field of gas sensors based on semiconductor technology. I’m also grateful to not only the students, postdocs and staff in my group at the Department (the High Voltage and Microelectronics and Sensors Group), but also the researchers, engineers and managers at Cambridge CMOS Sensors. My gratitude also extends to our investors in Cambridge CMOS Sensors, with Cambridge Enterprise being among the first.”