UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Prof Tony Kenyon

Prof Tony Kenyon

Professor of Nanoelectronic & Nanophotonic Materials

Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Mar 1992

Research summary

My group's research interests focus mainly on nanostructured materials and devices and their applications in electronics and photonics. We are particularly interested in:

Memristive devices and systems

Neuromorphic (brain-inspired) devices and systems

Resistance switching in silicon oxides

Light-triggered resistance switching

Silicon photonics

Light emission from silicon nanostructures

Quantum confinement effects

Self-assembled nanostructures

Teaching summary

I teach the Nanotechnology MSc Module Photonics in Nanosystems

I am also a second year undergraduate tutor.


University of Sussex
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1992
University of Sussex
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1986


I am Professor of nanoelectronic & Nanophotonic Materials, and Vice Dean (Research), heading the Nanoelectronic & Nanophotonic Materials group. My group’s work focuses on the application of nanostructured materials to nanoelectronics and photonics. I am particularly interested in resistance switching devices (memristors) based on oxides (mainly silicon oxides, but other CMOS-compatible oxides as well), and how they can be used in novel non-volatile memories, hardware acceleration for Machine Learning, and neuromorphic devices and systems. My work on resistance switching earned me a nomination for a personal World Technology Network Award , a “one to watch” UCL business award , and I have set up a company to commercialise this technology – Intrinsic Semiconductor Technologies (www.intrinsicst.com)/).

In the past 8 years my group has pioneered memristance in silicon oxide, achieving several world firsts, including: conclusive demonstration of oxygen emission from electrically-stressed silicon oxide; the first 3D tomograph of oxygen vacancy conductive filaments; demonstrating neural behaviour in memristors; demonstrating Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity in unipolar memristors; optical triggering of memristors by carrier injection.