Microelectronic Clean Room

Sterile facility for microelectronics research

The Microelectronic Clean Room is a facility for testing and developing technology such as high-performance infrared sensors, ultraviolet sensors, high-speed and high-power electronics, microelectromechanical systems, and atmospheric electro-optic propagation.

The room is kept in a sterile condition, meaning it has a low level of dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, chemical vapours and other contaminants in the atmosphere. Researchers using the facility are required to wear special clothing to stop natural skin and body particles polluting the room.

The Microelectronics research group uses the room to improve sensor technologies and collect data from testing, across areas including materials engineering, optics, microelectronics, systems engineering, signal processing and networks.

Conducted tests

  • Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) technology for infrared detectors
  • Novel, ultra-low temperature MEMS technologies
  • Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology for high-performance electronics and ultraviolet detectors
  • Atmospheric propagation of IR and UV for image correction and atmospheric studies
  • Electro-optic systems design, including thermal and optical design



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