, University of Southampton

SCFED Project

Supercritical Fluid Electrodeposition

The World Leading Team


Can you imagine the world without computers, tablets or mobile phones? Our lives have been transformed by the ability to build ever smaller and more powerful electronic devices, by the evolution of nanotechnology. The conventional manufacturing method, a process called photolithography, uses lasers to cut-out computer chips. This technique is now reaching its fundamental physical limits and if the demand for higher performance devices is to be met, innovative new manufacturing processes must be found.


The SCFED Project was a £5.7mil EPSRC funded research collaboration led by the University of Southampton's Prof. P. N. Bartlett FRS. From 2011-2016 the multidisciplinary team of world leading British chemists and physicists from the Universities of Southampton, Nottingham and Warwick developed SuperCritical Fluid ElectroDeposition as a revolutionary technique that now offers the exciting prospect of growing devices atom-by-atom. The diverse team of UK scientists were uniquely placed in the global research community by having the breadth of multidisciplinary capabilities required to develop this transformative manufacturing method.



"A demonstration of the pivotal role of fundamental science in addr essing societal challenges."



Browse this site for more information about the SCFED Project and learn about the science of SCFED on the 'Science Made Simple' pages.

Further information can be found at: www.scfed.net