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Work Package Leaders & Co-Investigators

Hetero-print brings together researchers from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Manchester, Cambridge and Sheffield.

Professor Peter Skabara

Principal Investigator & Work Package 1 Lead

Professor Pete Skabara is the Ramsay Chair of Chemistry and Director of Research at the University of Glasgow and leads Hetero-Print as Principal Investigator. He is a world leader in the synthesis of novel macromolecules and polymers as organic semiconductors, in particular, well-defined, multifunctional molecular systems, work recognised by a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award (2014-2019). His research management experience includes 15 EPSRC grants and 4 EU grants, including, as PI, an extant Future Manufacturing Platform Grant (EP/P02744X/1) on structured light in. Pete is Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. He has served as theme lead and co-chair for several international conferences and will Chair the International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals (ICSM), to be held in Glasgow in 2020. His research interests are strongly aligned to device applications (e.g. OLEDs, lasers, sensors), and his labs are well-equipped for device manufacture and characterisation. In Hetero-Print, Pete leads on materials development for interface chemistry and stamps, applying expertise in materials and supramolecular chemistry across all work-packages.


Professor Martin Dawson

Co-Investigator & Work package 2 Lead

Professor Martin Dawson is Director of Research at the Institute of Photonics (IoP) at the University of Strathclyde and Head of the UK’s only Fraunhofer Research Centre (since 2012) and leads Work-Package 2. He is internationally recognised for broad contributions to semiconductor optoelectronics, including heterogeneous integration and pioneering transfer printing at the nanoscale. In 2016 Martin received the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award, and the Gabor Medal of the Institute of Physics. He has held 28 EPSRC grants in total, and successfully led several large and multi-disciplinary research programmes, including EPSRC Programme Grant EP/K00042X/1 (2012-2017), and Platform Grant EP/I029141/1 (2011-2015) as well as being the IoP’s senior investigator on two EPSRC Quantum Technology (QT) Hubs (EP/M013243/1 and M01326X/1).


Professor Rachel Oliver

Co-Investigator & Work Package 3 Lead

Professor Rachel Oliver is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride and leads Work-Package 3. Her work on the growth and characterisation of nitride semiconductors has been recognised by a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2015-2016). Her leadership experience as PI includes 3 EPSRC grants, an EU grant (>£1 million) and 2 industry grants. She also leads the nitride activity within the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility. Her innovative growth studies are internationally renowned, particularly demonstration of the first InGaN-based single photon source.

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Professor Jon Heffernan

Co-Investigator & Work Package 4 Lead

Professor Jon Heffernan is the Director of the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility and leads the research on Semiconductor Materials & Devices at the University of Sheffield and leads Work-Package 4. He is PI/CoI on £36m of EPSRC grants and contracts including as co-Director of the EPSRC National Hub in High Value Photonic Manufacturing and Co-I on the programme grant “Quantum Photonics” (EP/N031776/1). Jon also has 18 years of experience in industry as Director of Advanced Optoelectronics in Sharp Electronics. He has extensive experience of developing technologies from basic research through to technology transfer into mass manufacturing, especially in the area of lasers, LEDs and solar cells.

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Professor Ravinder Dahiya


Professor Ravinder Dahiya is Professor of Electronics and Nanoengineering and an EPSRC Engineering Fellow (EP/M002527/1) at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on developing advanced large area flexible tactile skin enabled by the printing of silicon nanowires. He has an excellent track record of attracting large scale funding (>£8.5M as PI) and is a world-leading expert on flexible electronics, electronic skin and its application in robotics, prosthetics and wearable systems for healthcare. These capabilities are particularly relevant to WP4.


Professor Steve Yeates


Professor Steve Yeates is Chair of Polymer Chemistry and Vice Dean for Research for the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Manchester and leads Work-Package 1. He has over 40 patents, 120 peer-reviewed papers, and 20 years of relevant industrial experience prior to joining academia. Steve is also co-director of the Manchester Centre for Digital Fabrication (EPSRC Strategic Equipment Award) and his track record in applied polymer science is highly relevant to digital printing and printable organic electronics, providing valuable context for the digital manufacturing objectives of this programme. Current relevant funded activities including EPSRC EP/K03099X/1, £5.6M, 2013–2018, Co-I, “Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics,” EP/N010345/1, £4M, 2015–2020, Co-I, “Engineering van der Waals heterostructures: from atomic level layer-by- layer assembly to printable innovative devices.”

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Professor Richard Winpenny


Professor Richard Winpenny is Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is a world-leader in the synthesis of polymetallic cage complexes and currently holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (Jan 2018 - Dec 2022) and an ERC Advanced Fellowship (Sept 2018 - Aug 2022). In 2009, he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2009 and has won the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Tilden and Ludwig Mond Prizes (2011 and 2016 respectively) for his work in molecular magnetism. He has developed heterometallic rings (HRs) as a new class of molecular magnet, which have been exploited to develop new physics and techniques with proposals to use them in quantum information processing. These HRs and assemblies of the HRs show unique capability as resist materials for electron beam lithography (EBL) and bring essential capability to WP1.


Dr Michael Strain


Dr Michael Strain is a Reader in Photonic Semiconductor Devices and Deputy Director of the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde. His interests in integrated photonics span III-V semiconductors and silicon with a particular expertise in microfabrication. The group at Strathclyde have developed an ultra-high precision transfer printing tool that has been used to fabricate a range of opto-electronic devices from non-linear optical circuits to micro-LED arrays on CMOS drive chips.  Hybrid photonic integrated circuits in diamond, GaN, silicon, polymer and III-V materials are key technologies being developed by the group.

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Dr Ian Watson


Dr Ian Watson is a Research Team Leader at the University of Strathclyde in the Institute of Photonics. He has a background in materials chemistry and semiconductor devices, and has held 12 previous EPSRC grants, plus EU funding under the projects STIMSCAT and CLERMONT2. Ian directs the cleanroom facility at the University of Strathclyde, which provides crucial facilities for the delivery of inorganic device fabrication and hosts the µ-TP instrument. Ian’s expertise at the interface of chemistry, materials and semiconductor device technology is particularly valuable in co-ordinating efforts between the inter-disciplinary teams and across WPs.


Professor Rob Martin


Professor Rob Martin is Professor of Experimental Physics & Vice Dean (Research) at the University of Strathclyde and will act as director of post-graduate research activities in Hetero-Print. Rob is an internationally recognised research leader in III-nitrides and hybrid devices. He has held 14 EPSRC and 4 EU grants, including Programme, Platform and Fellowship. He is PI on a £2.7M strategic equipment award for nanoanalysis and has been PI on successful collaborative grants on III-nitride LEDs, solar cell materials, VCSELs and nanostructures, bringing strong expertise in mechanistic, microstructural and spectroscopic analysis to WPs 1 and 3. In addition, he chairs the Steering Committee of the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility (since 2010).

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Dr Kristian Groom


Dr Kris Groom is a Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He was appointed on completion of his Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship “Advanced Semiconductor Laser Engineering” (2005-10) and has led 4 EPSRC projects as PI (incl. the manufacturing-focused EP/L017016/1), as well as being Co-I on 5 further projects. Kris was selected as a founder member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research (2012-14).

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Professor David Wallis


Professor David Wallis is Professor of Compound Semiconductors Cardiff University School of Engineering, as well as retaining a joint appointment at the University of Cambridge in the Centre for Gallium Nitride. He is an expert in compound semiconductor manufacturing (EP/R01146X/1, EP/P03036X/1, EP/P00945X/1) and, as well as contributing to the delivery of the research programme, David ensures close connections to the emerging Cardiff Compound Semiconductor Cluster.

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Professor Maurice Skolnick FRS


Professor Maurice Skolnick FRS is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Sheffield. He is one of the UK’s foremost quantum scientists. His principal research interests are in the physics of coupled light-matter systems and quantum optical circuits based on semiconductor quantum dots, where he has led 4 successive EPSRC programme grants. He brings strong scientific input and leadership to WP3 and WP4 in demonstrating the advantage of µ-TP in quantum technology development.

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