Inaugural intake complete first year

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing is coming to the end of its first year of operation and 2021 brings more opportunities for industrial collaboration.

The recent Industry Newsletter from Cardiff summarised the events of the last 12 months:

At the heart of the Centre for Doctoral Training are our students. Although they had to contend with dramatic changes because of COVID-19 restrictions, the seven students in our inaugural intake have successfully completed the taught elements of the MSc and are submitting their dissertations. On 1st October, they will begin their PhD projects. We are delighted that five of them have industry support.

EPSRC CDT Industry Newsletter

They went on to describe the opportunities for collaboration with industry:

"The CDT is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of various aspects of compound semiconductor research and manufacturing during their first year, with project selection occurring mid-way through that year.

The MSc project in the summer is a foundation for the three-year PhD project, which begins in October of the second year.

A number of outline projects have been submitted for the 2020 selection round – brief descriptions of the projects received to date can be viewed on the CDT’s website. There’s still time to submit more projects for 2021 and some are available for industry part-funding. We are also in the process of developing the programme of guest lectures from industry for 2020-21."

Read the full Industry Newsletter.

If you are part of the compound semiconductor industry and would like to be introduced to academics that could supervise your industry projects, be part of the guest lecture programme or would simply like to be added to the mailing list, contact

Here in Sheffield we are welcoming our first PhD student as part of the CDT – William Cripps. William’s research interests include ‘Deterministic nanoscale transfer printing of compound semiconductor nanowires’.

If you are interested in partnering with Sheffield academics for an industry sponsored project, contact us.

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