The School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton is known for the 1st electronics department in the UK and ranked at the top of the UK’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering Departments. Current research activities encompass Si-based nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, nanophotonics, bioelectronics & Lab-on-a-chip, RF systems, quantum information processing and biomimetics. A new State-of-the-Art clean room is under construction and planned to go on-line mid-2008, which features 600m2 novel electronic devices clean room integrated with 110m2 bioMEMS clean room & 110m2 thick film MEMS clean room and enables to explore novel nanoelectronic materials and devices.

Tasks in the project
• Proposal, design and characterization of NEM sensor based on a suspended Si nanobridge transistor
• Design of low-power CMOS sensing circuits
• Development of hybrid modeling & simulation technologies for NEM sensor devices and circuits
• Design and characterization of SGFET as sleep transistor
• Performance comparison with CMOS-based sleep transistors and benchmarking
• Study of compatibility issues

Hiroshi Mizuta participated in the Framework 4 FASEM project on the high-speed single-electron memory when he was the Laboratory Manager of Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. SOU recently took a role of the
project manager for the Framework 5 SIGMOS project and is also a member of the Framework 6 Network of Excellence SINANO. SOU has a wide range of research activities on micro- and nanoelectronics as well as MEMS/NEMS, bioelectronics and nanophotonics. In particular, Hiroshi Mizuta has vast experience in Si-based nanoelectronics including hybrid NEMS-MOS-SET devices for advanced information processing.

Senior staff
Hiroshi Mizuta is a Professor of Nanoelectronics, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, U.K., and concurrently a Visiting Professor of Quantum Nanodevices, Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Laboratory Manager at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, U.K. and led many research projects on single- and few-electron devices, including the first Anglo-Japanese EU FASEM project on high-speed single-electron memory and developed a new fast & high-density memory device PLEDM® (Phase-state Low Electron-number Drive Memory) as a breakthrough to replace all types of conventional memories. He is an expert in the Si-based nanoelectronics research, in particular study on Si nanomaterials such as nanodots and nanowires, nanoelectromechanical memory and logic devices, quantum information processing and ab-initio simulation of quantum nanodevices. He authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers & book chapters and filed over 50 patents.