UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


EEE Lecturer awarded an EPSRC New Investigator Award

27 February 2020

Dr Siming Chen was recently awarded the EPSRC New Investigator Award, effective 1 March 2020

Siming Chen

We are pleased to announce our colleague Siming Chen (pictured, centre) was recently awarded the EPSRC New Investigator Award, with £267,000 research funding. 

The award is scheduled to commence on 1st March 2020 and aims to develop the world’s first semiconductor optical amplifier on silicon which will be the critical building blocks of the monolithic III-V/silicon photonic integrated circuits proposed in Siming's Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship.

Congratulations to Siming! 

Siming’s EEE journey…
In September 2013, Siming joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) as a Research Associate, where he worked on silicon-based quantum dot light sources.

In 2016 - as the first and the corresponding author - Siming published a Nature Photonics paper by demonstrating the world’s first practical quantum dot laser grown on silicon. This work received special recognition as it not only appeared on the front cover of the journal but has also been highly cited (~400 citations since 2016) and widely reported/highlighted by over 20 technical magazines, newspapers, and websites worldwide.

In 2017, Siming was award a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship worth £500k to expand his research to III-V photonics integrated circuits on Si platform. Siming was appointed to a Lectureship in EEE with effect from June 2019.