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Prof Paul Chalker BSc(Hons), PhD, FRSC, FIMMM

Professor Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng

Research

Thin film functional materials

My research is focused on the characterisation and synthesis of thin film materials and surfaces. This includes the development of manufacturing processes based on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). I have developed a range of functional thin film materials for applications in electronic devices, renewable energy and others.

Research Grants

Dielectric engineering on GaN for sustainable energy applications

UK-INDIA EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE (UK)

April 2018 - March 2020

KTP with Pegasus Chemicals Ltd

INNOVATE UK (UK), LLYWODREATH CMYRU WELSH GOVERNMENT (UK), PEGASUS CHEMICALS LTD (UK)

March 2019 - March 2022

Reactive Metal Jet Fusion Printing

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

July 2017 - June 2020

Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design

LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

October 2016 - September 2026

HiPIMS-CVD Hybrid Process for Advanced Functional Coatings: Proof of concept

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2016 - February 2018

An in-situ LEIS facility for atomic-scale assembly manufacturing research

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

June 2016 - October 2017

Manufacturing with Light 2: photochemical ALD to manufacture functional thin films - Xabier Garmendia Colera

RENISHAW PLC (UK)

October 2016 - September 2019

Gen IV and Transmutation MATerials(GETMAT).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

February 2008 - October 2013

Prediction of irradiation damage effects on reactor components (PERFECT).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

January 2004 - December 2007

Manufacturing with Light 2: photochemical ALD to manufacture functional thin films.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

December 2015 - December 2018

Microengineering of Quadrupole Mass Spectrometers using RP techniques

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

November 2007 - October 2008

Advancing the applications of ALD process technology.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2015 - December 2017

High Performance Computing for Materials Research.

HIGHER EDUCATION FUND COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (UK)

January 2000 - December 2002

The growth, characterisation and optimisation of new oxide, nitride and nanostructured materials.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2000 - March 2002

Selective laser melting of high aspect ratio 3D microelectromechanical (MEM) devices and components - an engineering of functional materials proposal.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2005 - August 2006

Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry

NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (UK)

October 2008 - March 2012

Engineering functional materials for catalytic smart microreactors.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

December 2006 - June 2010

High permittivity dielectrics on Ge for end of Roadmap application.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

January 2011 - March 2014

InGaAs:N materials for uncooled 1.3um laser transmitters.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

January 2000 - May 2003

Unit-cell level assembly of complex oxides - developing a new synthetic method for oxide chemistry.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

October 2004 - September 2007

A Cluster tool for processing III-V semiconductors.

HIGHER EDUCATION FUND COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (UK)

January 1999 - December 2001

Developing Modern Superconducting ALD/CVD Coatings for Particle Accelerators RF Cavities.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (STFC)

March 2014 - August 2017

Interface analysis of atomic level and properties of advanced materials.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

February 2000 - April 2003

Silicon Compatible GaN Power electronics

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2013 - August 2018

PIA IMPACTS GRANT

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

August 2010 - March 2011

Improved Precursors for the MOCVD of Strontium Bismuth Tantalate and Related Materials.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

July 2001 - June 2004

Mechanisms and Control of Resistive Switching in Dielectrics

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

January 2015 - January 2018

Feasibility study of refractive index medication of polymers using femtosecond laser irradiation.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2004 - August 2005

Compact Raman spectrometer for in-situ characterisation of CBE deposited III-V materials.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

February 1999 - January 2001

Manufacturing with Light - photochemical ALD to manufacture functional thin films

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2014 - August 2015

Innovative Manufacturing Centre proposal: novel manufacturing processes for functional multilayer oxide thin films.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

July 2003 - July 2006

Liquid injection ALD of Cp- based precursers for deposition of dielectric materials.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

October 2006 - October 2009

Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme for Nanotechnology.

ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

July 2003 - December 2003

Interfacial phenomena at atomic resolution and multiscale properties of novel III-V semiconductors (PARSEM).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

March 2005 - February 2009

Compliant substrates for materials on silicon (COSMOS).

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

September 2004 - September 2007

Integration of III-nitride materials with silicon microsystem technologies.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2001 - February 2004

KEL09/05 - Atomic layer deposition processes for treating nanostructured materials

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

January 2010 - September 2012

Towards Sinter-free Printing of Photovoltaic Cell Interconnects.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

October 2012 - September 2015

KEL09/04 - Manufacturing process for SrHfTiO3 high-k dielectric

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

May 2010 - May 2011

High throughput selective laser melting of cellular components.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

October 2005 - September 2010

Microfluidic Analytical and Screening Technology Centre.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

July 2001 - June 2004

KTA

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

October 2009 - September 2012

Improved Processes and Materials for Energy Saving Glazing

INNOVATE UK (UK)

February 2009 - January 2012

MOCVD of lanthanide oxides and silicates for microelectronics applications.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

May 2004 - October 2007

Innovative Manufacturing Technology Research Centre.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

March 2003 - February 2006

ZnO MESFETs for application to Intelligent Windows

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

May 2013 - May 2016

Research Collaborations

Professor M. Ritala

External: University of Helsinki

Atomic Layer Deposition of high-k thin film materials

Professor M J Rosseinsky

Internal

Synthesis of novel and metastable thin film materials

Professor Stephen Hall and Dr Octavian Buiu

Internal

Characterisation of high-k dielectrics for advanced CMOS technology

Professor Anthony C Jones and Dr Helen Aspinall

Internal

Development of novel precursors for chemical vapour deposition processes

Dr Steve Taylor

Internal

Characterisation of high-k dielectric thin films

Dr Christopher Sutcliffe and MSERC

Internal

Rapid prototyping, Selective Laser Melting and Digital Light Processing of engineering components

Dr T. C. Q. Noakes and Dr P. Bailey

External: Daresbury Laboratory (CCLRC)

Development of MEIS for thin film characterisation

Functional Materials Group

Internal

Electronic Materials, processing technologies and materials characterisation