Nigel received his PhD in solid-state physics from the University of Leeds before joining Philips Research to work on the electrical characterization of semiconductors in 1984. Since then he has worked mainly on MOS devices and technology within the low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) program, and has written some of the earliest papers on poly-silicon thin-film-transistors.
He has run several projects over the years, developing LTPS processes on glass, plastic and metal substrates, helping to demonstrate many advanced displays, including Poly-LED TV. This has included involvement in EU programmes such as FlexiDis. He has worked closely with many external companies, such as Hosiden, LG-Philips, Toppoly-Philips-Optoelectronics, Mitsubishi, Kodak, Unaxis, Ferrania and Symmorphix, particularly helping in the early stages of collaborations and joint-ventures.
Additionally, he has worked on non-display applications of thin-film-technology such as memories, finger-print sensors, ink-jet printer heads, MEMs, photosensors, thermal cycling for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. Nigel has given over 25 invited papers on a broad range of topics associated with this work. He works very closely with MiPlaza in several aspects of thin-film-electronics and mirofluidics, and plays a role in finding new work opportunities for them through the Open Programme.
He is presently helping to move the UK laboratories activities into new areas such as electrochemistry for life-style applications including Oral Health Care. He continues to be active in the latest thin-film technologies by running a work package in the EU Orama programme on metal-oxide devices for lighting, sensors, displays and novel applications.