Steve Bull

Newcastle University, United Kingdom


Steve Bull obtained his MA., Ph.D. (Cantab) degree in 1988. He is the Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University. He has over twenty years experience in surface engineering research having spent eight years at AEA Technology, Harwell, running coating activities before moving to Newcastle University in 1996. His research interests are in the mechanical properties of layered and porous coating systems. His work combines mechanical property measurement at high spatial resolution with theoretical analysis to understand and interpret the data generated. He is currently working on the mechanical properties of solar control coatings on glass, stress generation, and stress relaxation in semiconductor metallization and strain control in strained silicon/silicon germanium substrates for high-speed microelectronic devices. He is an acknowledged expert on structure-property relationships in thin films and coatings and is regularly invited to present on the subject at international conferences. He is also symposium Cochair for New Horizons in Coatings and Thin Films at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films. Together with a number of colleagues, he recently received the Best Paper Prize at the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures for his work on “Test Structures of Measuring Stress in Metal Interconnects.”

Biography Updated on 12 November 2008

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