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July 2022

National Epitaxy Facility renewed for a further 5 years

We are delighted to announce that following a community statement-of-need in 2019 and a competitive bid to EPSRC, the National Epitaxy Facility has been funded for a further five years from the 1st of July 2022.

The Facility, led by the University of Sheffield and with the Universities of Cambridge and UCL as partners, is fulfilling a critical role in semiconductor innovation in the UK, building on a 40-year history of providing epitaxial wafers to both the academic and industrial research community. In the current facility we have supported research projects valued at £150M in 25 Universities and with over 40 companies, in projects ranging from integrated photonics for cancer biopsy, to single photon emitters for quantum communications and computing, high speed lasers driving the next generation of the internet, and a new project looking at creating an analogue of a black hole in the laboratory!

With Semiconductors now high on the UK government’s agenda, including a new consultation by BEIS, there has never been as many opportunities for researchers, students and industrial colleagues working in the semiconductor sector and we look forward to working closely with the community over the next years to position the UK as a global leader in this field.

We will soon be updating our website with further information on our enhanced capabilities, including expanded pump priming scheme, new features of the Facility including heterogeneous integration, an increased range of materials on offer, and opportunities for PhD training.

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