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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics


CAPE is incorporated at the Electrical Engineering Division of the Cambridge University Engineering Department, with the active participation of its academic staff and researchers and direct access to its start-of-art facilities. It also involves researchers from a range of other departments including the Cavendish Laboratory, the Computer Lab, Chemistry, Materials Science and Metallurgy among others.

CUED The Department of Engineering is the largest in the University of Cambridge. Its breadth and scale bringing unique advantage. The Department creates world-leading engineering knowledge that fosters sustainability, prosperity and resilience and shares this knowledge and transfers it to industry through publication, teaching, collaboration, licensing and entrepreneurship.

EE Logo colour The Electrical Engineering Division is one of the six academic divisions within the Department. The Division pursues fundamental electrical, electronic and photonic research at the material, device and system levels with a focus on creating integrated solutions in the fields of nanotechnology, sensing, energy generation, energy conversion, displays and communications, bioelectronics and internet of things. With 26 academic staff and over 250 researchers, technicians and administrators, the division offers end-to-end research provision from basic research for early-stage invention, process development and proof-of-concept demonstrator through to application deployment. The Nanoscience Centre and Cambridge Graphene Centre are part of the Electrical Engineering Division. In 2019, the division had a portfolio of active research grants of £53.3M.

The Electrical Engineering Division offers state-of-the-art photonics and electronics research and prototype development facilities with 5,000m2 of research, cleanroom and laboratory space at its purpose-built site in West Cambridge, including 440m2 of Class 10,000, Class 1,000 and Class 100 cleanroom areas.


Some of the equipment available to support CAPE research projects includes:  

  • 7 thin film deposition systems
  • >5 nanomaterial growth systems
  • 2 reactive ion etch systems
  • Deep Reactive Ion Etcher
  • Rapid Thermal Annealer
  • Bioruptor
  • Ink-jet printing system
  • Wire bonding facility
  • Clean Room
  • 0.5µm double-sided mask aligner
  • E-beam lithography system
  • Wet chemical processing facility
  • Optical and stylus profilometers

For more details of the research facilities available in the Electrical Engineering Divsion, please click here