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17 February 2016

Professor Colin Whitehouse appointed chair of Compound Semiconductor Centre

The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) - a joint venture formed last August between epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK and Cardiff University - has appointed professor Colin Whitehouse FREng, FInstP, FIMMM, as its chair.

An expert in compound semiconductor materials, nano-devices and nanotechnology, Whitehouse has experience in both managing and directing research as well as the commercial exploitation of research. "His unparalleled reputation and experience coupled with his extensive network within industry, academia and government will be absolutely invaluable in guiding the development of the centre through its set up and early growth phase," comments CSC director Dr Wyn Meredith.

Until recently, Whitehouse deputy chief executive of The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is one of the UK's Research Councils. He was also director of the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and was also responsible for initiating the formation of the National Science and Innovation Campuses at Daresbury and Harwell.

Previous roles include board membership of Sheffield Innovations Ltd (the commercialization arm of the University of Sheffield), STFC Innovations (STFC's commercial exploitation company), the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), STEMNET, and chair of the UK's R&D Society. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics, and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Mineralogy.

"The rapidly growing dependence on compound semiconductors that enable all key technology markets will create exciting opportunities for the recently formed Compound Semiconductor Centre, IQE and Cardiff University," says Whitehouse. "I have been a very long-standing strong supporter of the UK building such genuinely international-class critical-mass R&D activities via high-quality collaboration," he adds. "The CSC is uniquely positioned to perform the extremely important intermediate role between university-based research, particularly through Cardiff University's Institute of Compound Semiconductors (ICS), and the very recently announced CS Applications Catapult Centre, also to be based in South Wales."  

See related items:

IQE and Cardiff University to help spearhead £50m UK Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

CSC formally launched as first compound semiconductor cluster

CST's commercial director Wyn Meredith appointed director of IQE/Cardiff joint venture Compound Semiconductor Centre

IQE and Cardiff University establish JV to develop and commercialize compound semiconductor technologies in Europe

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