Andrew Humphris - Honorary Professor of Nanoimaging
Dr Andrew Humphris has taken up an Aegis Professorship as Honorary Professor of Nanoimaging in the School of Physics from January 2021.
Andy has been working in the field of nanoscale imaging, specifically scanning probe microscopy, since 1997. After completing his PhD at the University of Bristol, he worked as a research fellow and proleptic lecturer at the University. In 2001 he co-founded the spin-out company Infinitesima Ltd, where he is currently the Chief Technology Officer.
Infinitesima Ltd develops and manufactures high speed microscopes for in-line process control applications in the semi-conductor industry. The microscopes enable rapid nanoscale imaging and metrology, building on techniques developed at Bristol. Andy led the development of Infinitesima’s products and technologies, which are now used by all the top tier semiconductor manufacturers for the development and fabrication of current and next generation devices. Infinitesima Ltd currently employs approximately 30 staff and has active projects with other international semiconductor equipment suppliers to deliver further rapid probe microscopy solutions to the market.Based on its proven track record, the company is currently seeking further funding to develop a range of standalone products, which will enable the full capability of its nanoscale metrology and inspection technologies to be exploited.
In his position as CTO, Andy works at the leading edge of nanoscale metrology, regularly meeting with the international community of researchers, semiconductor equipment suppliers and device manufactures. He has has over 25 granted US patents and over 75 worldwide patents and scientific publications.He maintains an active relationship with academia through ongoing joint projects with academic researchers and invitations to sit on advisory panels.