UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Prof Richard Jackman

Prof Richard Jackman

Professor of Electronic Devices

Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1988

Research summary

Professor Jackman heads UCL’s Diamond Electronics team whose laboratories are within the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN, london-nano.com)  Diamond is widely known as a gemstone, but few people appreciate that the use of this incredible material for purely decorative purposes is to truly waste an important Engineering material.  It is used for:

  • High frequency electronics
  • High power electronics
  • ‘Radiation hard’ electronics
  • High temperature electronics
  • Corrosion resistant electronics
  • Biocompatible electronics
  • Space-bound electronics
  • Optoelectronics (deep UV)
  • Radiation detectors
  • Biosensors
  • High frequency SAWS
  • NEMS and MEMS
  • Cold cathodes
  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Quantum computing
  • Life Science applications, including neuronal cell-diamond electronic interfacing

Teaching summary

Within the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Richard has undertaken various roles Undergraduate Tutor, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Director of the MSc programme ‘Microwave and Optoelectronics’ and Director of the Masters Programme in Nanotechnology. Teaching centres on Semiconductor Materials and Devices at undergraduate level, and Nanotechnology at Masters level. In addition, Richard leads and teaches the 'Nanotechnology Minor' within the 'Integrated Engineering Programme' for the Faculty of Engineering. Outreach activities include regular seminars to school sixth forms on the topics of Diamond Electronics and Nanotechnology.


University of Southampton
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1986
University of Southampton
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1983


Professor Jackman gained a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Southampton, before completing a PhD in Surface Science at the same institution in 1986. Richard was made the Royal Society Eliz. Challenor Research Fellow to study ‘processes at the semiconductor-vapour interface’ at the University of Oxford, from 1986 to 1989, during which period he also held a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, Oxford. Following his appointment as a Lecturer within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department at UCL in 1989, Richard established a research group exploring the use of diamond for electronic device fabrication, a topic new to UCL and one only just emerging worldwide. Richard became a Senior Lecturer in 1993, a Reader in Electronics in 1996 and took up a Personal Chair in Electronic Devices in 2008. Professor Jackman is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer. Richard chaired the British Vacuum Council (BVC, 2000-3), represented the UK on the Electronic Materials division of the international Union of Vacuum Science and Technology Associations (IUVSTA, 1995-2001), and represented the UK on the Council of IUVSTA (2001-4). Professor Jackman also served on the committee of the IOP’s Semiconductor Physics group (2007-10).

Richard has served on the Editorial Board of the international journals, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Applied Physics A and currently the Nature Group journal 'Scientific Reports', and edited special issues of the journals Thin Solid Films, Surface Science, Applied Surface Science, Physica Status Solidi A, as well as editing Proceedings of the Materials Research Society (Diamond Electronics I, 956 (2007), Diamond Electronics II, 1039 (2008)). Media work has included the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Materials World’ (2004) and ‘Diamond: The worlds most dazzling exhibition’ at the Natural History Museum, London (2006). Extensive international conference organisation includes The European Diamond Conference series (9th-19th, 1998-2008-), the Hasselt Diamond Workshop (IV-XIII, 1999-2008-) and the ‘New Diamond and Nano-Carbons’ series (NDNC, 2007,8). Richard has given more than 100 invited papers at international meetings.

To date, Professor Jackman has personally graduated 36 PhD students, and has a current group of ten PhD students, plus postdoctoral research fellow support. He has published a (co-edited) book, 6 book chapters, 7 patents, >200 journal papers and more than 250 conference papers.