Professor Nick Wright
Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Introduction

Prof. Wright is currently serving as the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. By background, Prof Wright is an electrical engineer who has a distinguished track record of research into the application of novel materials in electronics and related technolgies.

Background

Professor Nick Wright joined University of Newcastle in 1994. He previously completed both his undergraduate and PhD qualifications at Edinburgh University where he worked on the characterisation of a wide range of semiconducting materials using x-ray techniques.

At Newcastle, Prof. Wright has worked on a number of projects in the area of semiconductor devices and technology. In recent years, Prof. Wright has concentrated on using novel electronic materials to develop technology for extreme environments in collaboration with leading industrial companies (e.g. Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and others). He is currently working primarily on aerospace and subsea technologies.

Professor Wright is also the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Roles and Responsibilities

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Nick is a member of the Emerging Technology and Materials Research group and his profile can be viewed on Google Scholar.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the application of novel materials to electronics with a particular interest in electronics for extreme environments. I have worked extensively on the use of emerging semiconductor materials, such as silicon carbide, as well as novel forms of packaging and circuit configuration. This has been primarily in collaboration with the aerospace industry but I am currently developing my activities in the subsea sector.

 

Potential PhD Research Projects

  • Novel nanowire devices for gas sensors
  • Silicon carbide electronics
  • Subsea electronics

The School website has more information on research degrees and funding.

Projects