Department of Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Strategic Aim: Pursuing fundamental electrical, electronic and photonic research at the material, device and system levels with a focus on creating integrated solutions in the fields of nanotechnology, sensing, energy generation, energy conversion, displays and communications.

The research at this Division covers all aspects of electrical engineering from the nano-scale to heavy-duty power applications. Professor John Robertson is the Divisional Head. Photonics is an active and growing area of research with three groups investigating different aspects of photonics, applications, and materials whilst collaborating with each other and a variety of industrial partners. The Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science group conducts research in large area electronic materials and high-power semiconductor devices, carbon nanotubes, and semiconducting nanowires.

The Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion group focuses on power electronic devices and integrated circuits, and their uses in various applications. Other major research strands include solar cells and their integration in power systems, integrated design of electrical machines and drives, electromagnetic modelling, radio frequency and microwave power for industrial applications, and electrical power applications of superconductivity.

Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) is based on a partnership agreement between the University of Cambridge and a number of major industrial companies for the purpose of jointly commissioned research and device development. Global companies Disney Research, Dow Corning Corporation, and Jaguar Land Rover already put their trust in CAPE to convert thought leadership to industry applications through jointly commissioned research in photonics and electronics.

The Cambridge Innovation and Knowledge Centre brings together research activities in molecular and macromolecular materials in the Electrical Engineering Division. It also draws on the expertise of the Judge Business School, the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and the Centre for Business Research (CBR) to create innovative knowledge exchange activities spanning business research, training, and specific exploitation.

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre is to investigate the science and technology of graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals, and hybrid nanomaterials. The Centre allows our partners to meet and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications.

The Nanoscience Centre is an 1800m2 research facility completed in January 2003 and located at the north east corner of the University's West Cambridge Site. The Centre provides open access to over 300 researchers from a variety of University Departments to the nanofabrication and characterisation facilities housed in a combination of Clean Rooms and low noise laboratories.

The Hetero-Genesys Laboratory is a mult-disciplinary research environment whose primary focus is on the heterogeneous integration of materials and processes, sensors, energy harvesting and storage devices including wireless power, thin film signal processing electronics and RF wireless communications pertinent to large area nanosystems. It is currently located in the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics and the Nanoscience Centre, and will move to its new integrated premises in May 2015.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics addresses key manufacturing research challenges aimed to meet end-user needs for multifunctional large-area electronic systems that include sensors, power generation and storage, signal processing and logic elements, and output capability through information display or by wireless transmission.