Contact Dr Christopher Shaw

Areas of expertise

  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart Materials


Dr Chris Shaw obtained his BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool in 1985 before joining Cranfield University to study an MSc in Molecular Electronics (Thesis: ElectroRheology (1987)) and PhD in Molecular Electronics (Thesis: Polymeric Materials for Piezoelectricity and Second Harmonic Generation (1991)). He subsequently returned to Cranfield to join the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Group in 1997, and is now a Research Fellow in the Surface Engineering and Precision Institute within the Manufacturing Department.  Recent project work has focused on ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials and their applications. Dr. Shaw has acquired many years experience in cleanroom processing techniques within these research projects and provides support within the cleanroom facility on other projects, and on MSc teaching courses.

Current activities

Dr Shaw's Current research activities and expertise include:

  • Deposition and characterisation of ferroelectric thin films
  • Photolithography and clean room processing techniques for microsystem device fabrication.
  • Sputtering and evaporation of metal coatings.
  • Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) for silicon etching
  • Formulation, processing and characterisation of PZT related ceramics (including tape cast and bulk material)
  • Development of pyroelectric testing methods
  • Development of a pyroelectric borescope for NDT
  • Processing of smart inkjet heads


  • National Physical Laboratory (Teddington)
  • Cambridge University
  • Manchester University
  • Infrared Integrated Systems Ltd (Northampton)


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Zhang Q, Cordova S, Marshall JM, Shaw CP & Whatmore RW (2006) Stress induced phase formation of PZT 52/48 thin films. In: International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics (ISIF 2006), Honolulu, Hawaii, 23-27 April 2006.
  • Shaw CP, Landi S, Whatmore RW & Kirby PB (2005) Development aspects of an integrated pyroelectric array incorporating and thin PZT film and radiation collectors. In: European Meeting on Ferroelectrics 2003, Cambridge, UK, 16 February 2005.
  • Kokkinos P, Kirby PB, Shaw CP, Wright RV & Deligianni D (2005) Production of microtextured titanium substrates by photolithographic techniques for the in-vitro study of the effect of microgeometry on the osseointegration process. In: ESF Research Conference on Biological SUrfaces and Interfaces, EuroConference on Biomaterials, Biosensors and Analytical Techniques, Sant Feliu du Guixols, Spain, 18 May 2005.
  • Landi S, Shaw CP, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2005) Complex contour features in silicon by modified deep reactive ion etching process for infrared collection applications and hot embossing applications. In: First International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture, Karlsruhe, Germany, 29 June 2005.
  • Landi S, Shaw CP, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2004) Implementation of deep reactive ion etching for the fabrication of contoured features in silicon. In: Micro Mechanics Europe Workshop, Leuven, Belgium, 5 September 2004.
  • Landi S, Shaw CP, Kirby PB & Whatmore RW (2004) Complex contour features in silicon by modified deep reactive ion etching processes for large MEMS applications. In: 4th euspen International Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 30 May 2004.
  • Whatmore RW, Shaw CP, Zhang Q, Roy SS & Gleeson HF (2001) Oxide Ferroelectric Thin Film/Nematic Liquid Crystal Devices. In: 13th International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics, Colorado Springs, USA, 1 January 2001.
  • Molter O, Shaw CP & Whatmore RW (2001) Dopant effects in Pyroelectric ceramics in the PMN-PZT system. In: Ferroelectrics UK 2001, Sheffield, UK, 11 April 2001.