Prof Mohamed Missous

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Mohamed Missous, FREng, is Professor of Semiconductor Materials and Devices at the University of Manchester. His areas of expertise include Molecular Beam Epitaxy of high speed InP-based transistors, low temperature THz materials and sub-millimetre wave Resonant Tunnelling Devices. His team has a long history of studying the manufacturability of quantum mechanical tunnel based devices and technology transfer that have led to successful commercialisation by e2V ltd of 77GHz Gunn diodes for autonomous Cruise Control (ACC) systems in BMW and Audi cars and GaAs photoconductive switches for Teraview ltd spectroscopy systems as well as LT-InGaAs for TeTechs Inc (Canada) 1.55µm compact THz systems. He leads an STFC, Innovate UK and EPSRC (£2M) programme in 2DEG Quantum Well Hall Sensors for the RCNDE consortium. His involvement in the above research topics has led to the publication of more than 220 papers in the open, international literature and over £10M funding from EPSRC, STFC (Square kilometre Array programme) and InnovateUK in the last 10 years. Together with Professor M. J. Kelly he was awarded the 2015 Royal Society Brian Mercer award for manufacturability of tunnel devices. He is the founder and Technical director of two successful companies (AHS ltd and ICS ltd) that supply the markets above. He is on the advisory board of TechUK which has more than 850 member companies spanning the entire supply chain in electronics. He has held and holds various managerial post at the University including Head of group, Director of research and Chair of School Board. He is regularly invited to give talks at international venues on mmwave and THz technologies (IEEE sensors, NanoTR2013, InnovateUK etc...).He wrote a chapter for the “Handbook of Terahertz Technology for Imaging, sensing and Communications” published by Woodhead in 2013.

In October 2016 and together with colleagues at Cardiff, UCL and Sheffield, were awarded a 7 years, £10M EPSRC funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to bring UK academics and industry together in a hub of CS expertise to form the EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Future Compound Semiconductors  Silicon once supported the information society, but the technology is reaching fundamental limits in the 21st Century. Applying CS knowhow to silicon manufacturing techniques will form the central focus for the new venture. At Manchester the Hub will provide unique capabilities in integrated CS electronics spanning the highly advantageous electrical, optical and magnetic properties of CS devices enabling research into large-scale CS growth and device fabrication.” The Research  concentrates on manufacturability on large scale (up to 8” equivalent GaAs and InP wafer size) of novel, highly integrated 2D magnetic Quantum Well Hall Effect sensors for Non-Destructive Testing and Ultra high frequency RF circuits for emerging applications such as 5G wireless mobile communications, as well as ultra-high speed optical devices for upcoming 10G fibre to the home. £2M has been earmarked for this research as part of the £10M envelope. 

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