Co-Principal Investigator

Professor John Robertson is a Professor of Electronic Engineering at Cambridge University, UK. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society and of the Materials Research Society. He received his BA degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University and his PhD in Physics from Cambridge University. After working in industry for 18 years, he joined the Engineering Department of Cambridge University in 1994.

He has published about 600 journal papers, with over 33,000 citations and is a ISI highly cited author in Materials Science. His research interests are in electronic materials in general, such materials for the CMOS gate stack, high dielectric constant oxides, thin film transistors including amorphous semiconducting oxides, carbon nanotubes, graphene, diamond-like carbon and CVD processes.

He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Physics, and has been on the Editorial Board of Physical Review Letters.




Research Interest

- Carbon Nanotubes, graphene, chemical vapour deposition, electronic applications (experimental and calculation)
- Modelling of CVD mechanisms
- Carbon interconnects, carbon conductors, carbon for supercapacitors
- High dielectric constant (K) oxides for complementary metal oxide semiconductor transistors
- High K oxides on high mobility substrates such as InGaAs, Ge (modelling)
- Transparent conducting oxides, amorphous oxide semiconductors (AOS) such as InGaZn oxide, their thin film transistors, instability mechanisms (calculations)
- Density functional calculations of semiconductors, oxides, carbon materials, and hybrid density functional calculations for correct band gaps
- Functional oxides, TiO2

Key Publications

Google Scholar Link

Lu, Haichang, Yuzheng Guo, Jacob W. Martin, Markus Kraft, and John Robertson. 2019. ‘Atomic Structure and Electronic Structure of Disordered Graphitic Carbon Nitride’. Carbon 147 (June): 483–89.

Menon, Angiras, Jochen A. H. Dreyer, Jacob W. Martin, Jethro Akroyd, John Robertson, and Markus Kraft. 2019. ‘Optical Band Gap of Cross-Linked, Curved, and Radical Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons’. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21 (29): 16240–51.

Tu, Wenguang, You Xu, Jiajia Wang, Bowei Zhang, Tianhua Zhou, Shengming Yin, Shuyang Wu, et al. 2017. ‘Investigating the Role of Tunable Nitrogen Vacancies in Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanosheets for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven H2 Evolution and CO2 Reduction’ ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5 (8): 7260–68.

Ferrari Andrea Carlo and Robertson John. 2004. Raman spectroscopy of amorphous, nanostructured, diamond–like carbon, and nanodiamondPhil. Trans. R. Soc. A.3622477–2512,

Ferrari, A. C., and Robertson, J. 2001. 'Resonant Raman spectroscopy of disordered, amorphous, and diamondlike carbon', Physical Review B 64(7), 075414,

Ferrari, A. C., and Robertson, J. 2000. 'Interpretation of Raman spectra of disordered and amorphous carbon'. Physical Review B 61(20), 14095-14107,

Robertson, J. 2000. 'Diamond-like amorphous carbon'. Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports, 37(4-6), 129-281,

John Robertson , "Band offsets of wide-band-gap oxides and implications for future electronic devices", Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures Processing, Measurement, and Phenomena 18, 1785-1791 (2000)