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Richard Hogg, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow, heads up MOCVD partnership.

CST Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB and the UK’s leading, independent, III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry, has announced that Richard Hogg, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow, will lead the project to commission and operate the new metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) machine.

The MOCVD machine results from a pioneering, academic and commercial collaboration between the University of Glasgow and CST Global. The machine is owned by the university, supporting a range of research programs, and jointly operated as part of CST Global’s foundry facility at Blantyre, Glasgow.

Professor Hogg is a world-expert in photonics. He is active in researching device physics and engineering, epitaxial processes, fabrication technologies and developing diverse applications for semiconductor devices. Professor Hogg explains, “This unique MOCVD collaboration ensures that electronic and photonic research projects in advanced semiconductor materials and devices can be taken seamlessly from the laboratory to commercial volume production. Furthermore, our partnership will enhance student academic development in a commercial environment. Operating the MOCVD machine with CST Global allows research projects to utilize adjacent foundry services, if required, and work within an ISO 9001:2015 quality and safety environment.”

Professor Hogg has over 20 years, post-doctoral experience in both industrial and university research. He has worked at NTT Basic Research Laboratories (Japan), and in Professor Arakawa’s Laboratory at the University of Tokyo as an EU-Japan Fellow. He held a research position at Toshiba, Cambridge, and a key foundry management role at Agilent Technologies, Ipswich, which was the highest volume III-V facility in Europe, at the time.

 

 

 

CST Global and the University of Glasgow join forces to install and operate an MOCVD machine.

CST Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB and the UK’s leading, independent, III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry, has announced its collaboration with the University of Glasgow to run a metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) machine within its foundry facility. The University of Glasgow will own the machine, which CST Global will install and operate. Useage and operating costs will be shared.

Neil Martin, CEO of CST Global, explains the significance of the collaboration, “This MOCVD machine facilitates research projects in advanced semiconductor materials and devices, in both electronics and photonics. It is increasingly critical to successful photonics research to consider the needs of volume production. Our collaboration provides a route for research projects to reach commercially viable volumes, leveraging CST Global’s world-wide customer base. Installing the MOCVD machine at CST Global also means our foundry services are readily available for projects, when required and safely managed within an ISO 9001:2015 quality environment.

“Our agreement with the University of Glasgow means we can use the MOCVD to provide epitaxial ‘overgrowth’ services to customers, when it is not being used for research projects. It brings this process in-house and within our control, reducing our laser production cost-base and improving delivery times.

“Joint academic and commercial partnerships of this type are new in the photonics industry, providing a lower risk alternative to conventional commercialization routes. Additionally, students have the opportunity to gain experience of working within a commercial environment, learning about adjacent technologies and rubbing shoulders with our expert team. It also provides CST Global with a potential, specialist, post-graduate recruitment pool of exceptional staff.

“I am convinced this MOCVD collaboration will pave the way for further, exciting, academic commercial partnerships.”

 


 

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