Research @ NMMU
Primary discipline: Physical Sciences
Apart from the very interesting fundamental phenomena manifesting themselves on the nano and quantum scales, and the challenges associated with manipulating and manufacturing semiconductor structures on these scales, this work is aimed at serving a local niche industry involving the manufacture of infrared sensors. The group also aims to develop improved procedures to manufacture new materials and structures for light-emitting and light-detecting devices operating both in the ultraviolet and in the infrared ranges.
Overall, we strive to be at the forefront of international development and offer high-quality training, as evidenced by several collaborations with overseas groups, which provide ample opportunity for students to travel abroad.
Professor Botha completed his PhD in Physics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formally known as the University of Port Elizabeth) where he holds a Professorship. He is a Von Humboldt Fellow, with extensive experience in the epitaxial growth of semi-conducting layers and heterostructures, including quantum structures, and has expertise in various electrical and optical techniques suitable for characterising nanostructures. He has published almost 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.
Professor Botha has numerous challenging projects, including:
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PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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