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Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering


The MRes in Ultra Precision Engineering students participate in a three-month mini individual research project, either at Cambridge or another University within the Ultra Precision network, and one individual four-month project partner lead long project in an alternate ultra precision field.

Whilst very challenging and demanding, the MRes component of the course provided me with a solid foundation which my PhD can now build upon. 

Nadeem El Gabbani, MRes

Examples of possible project topics

Ultra Precision Processes

  • Combined laser / focused ion beam processing
  • Miniaturisation of plasma processes
  • High speed fine feature creation
  • Nano-imprint, micrometre embossing, resist application and curing
  • Diamond machining of large scale multi-material substrates¬†

Ultra Precision Machines

  • Energy beam monitoring technologies
  • Control system integration of plasma, laser, imprint, etc
  • Process alignment, thermal management, vibration suppression systems
  • Systems for adopting nano imprint/embossing in ultra precision m/cs
  • Rapid in-process quality control systems for pattern recognition, feature size, shape and distribution analysis, tool shape/beam monitoring
  • In situ process feedback techniques

Laser processing