PEMC Industrial Solutions - photonics and microelectronics
  • Room 202, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth

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The third of the Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) Industrial Solutions events took place on Wednesday 10 April with over 30 delegates from industry, business support organisations and academia joining us to hear the latest Innovate UK opportunities and to find out how EFFECT Photonics Ltd and Plessey Semiconductors use PEMC instrumentation to make a real difference to their companies’ performance.

“PEMC is located just down the road from Brixham, meaning that our engineers can readily access the facilities and, importantly, sit next to PEMC’s technical experts, directing investigations and analysis of our components’ unique features; this is key to the ongoing success and growth of the company.” (Tim Durrant, Engineering Manager)
“Having access to state of the art facilities at PEMC, particularly the FIB-SEM, means that Plessey can develop new and improved products for the micro-LED market swiftly, which is critically important in maintaining our position as market leaders in the sector.”  (John Whiteman, VP Engineering). Read how Plessey used PEMC’s new FIB-SEM.

For a PDF of the day’s presentations, please contact Natasha Stephen (please see below).

Programme: 10 April

09:30 - Arrival, registration and networking

10:00 - Welcome and PEMC update – Dr Natasha Stephen (Director, PEMC)

10:10 - Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (latest developments) – Claire Pearce (Project Manager)

10:20 - Electron Microscopy and the microelectronics sector – Dr Yang Liu (Technical Specialist)

10:30 - Plessey SemiConductors Ltd – John Whiteman (Product & Process Development Manager)

10:50 - Break

11:10 - EFFECT Photonics – Tim Durrant (Engineering Manager)

11:25 - Innovate UK – the latest funding opportunities - Ellen Pope (Global Innovation Lead for Advanced Materials)

11:55 - Introduction to EPIC (Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre) – Dan Newman (Senior Economic Development Officer)

12:05 - Networking lunch

12:45 - FIB-SEM demonstration – Dr Yang Liu (Technical Specialist)

Designed to be informative, relevant and useful in terms of practical analysis and future funding opportunities, each event will be brief, but packed with useful information to inspire.

The Industrial Solutions event series will focus specifically on the application of Electron Microscopy in sectors identified within the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and priority areas for the HOTSW Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Companies are warmly invited to join us for any or all of these free events, to learn about our services, existing collaborations, future opportunities and how your business could benefit.

To find out more about the other events in the Industrial Solutions series, just click on the date and theme below.


7 February 2019: engineering and aerospace

10 April 2019: photonics and microelectronics

18 July 2019: healthy ageing/biomedical

18 September 2019: marine technology

20 November 2019: clean energy

12 February 2020: geoscience

2 April 2020: celebration event

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Target audience

The sessions are primarily aimed at the following audience with no restrictions on attendance.

  • Devon-based companies (with less than 250 employees) looking to develop new products – particularly those who work in advanced engineering, photonics, microelectronics, manufacturing, composites, robotics or new energy.
  • Larger companies in the same sectors.
  • Business groups
  • Business support organisations.


Events are free to attend but booking is essential.

Enquiries/more information

Contact Natasha Stephen, PCMP Director for details.

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